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State budget (HB 166) filled with appropriations for private education ventures

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Appropriations for Teach for America, charters, charter facilities, quality charter schools support, vouchers, non-public administrative cost reimbursement, auxiliary services, charter and private schools transportation, Bright New Leaders for Ohio Schools Program, community schools and choice programs, community school operating from home and EdChoice expansion program are all included in HB 166.

The biennial appropriation for these private ventures, excluding about $1.8 billion that will be extracted from school districts for charters and $600 million that will be extracted from school districts for vouchers, will be in the range of $800 million. Hence, the biennial support for private education ventures will be about $3.2 billion for the biennium.

The appropriation of $4 million for Teach for America is a travesty. In an earlier post, it was revealed that Teach for America had assets of $366,724,130 in 2017.

The appropriation language for Teach for America includes, “…support for ongoing development and impact of Teach for America alumni working in Ohio.” What are these alumni doing in Ohio to warrant state support? Teach for America is using the temporary teaching assignment to advance a more sweeping agenda. TFA needs to be investigated.

The Bright New Leaders for Ohio Schools Program will receive $2 million for an alternative principals’ training program which puts those who are not trained as educators into administrative positions in schools.

Charter schools will receive $250 per student for facilities each year. Online charters will receive $25 per student. (Why would online charters receive any funds for facilities?) Section 265.410 of HB 166 is bizarre:

Community School Operating From Home

A community school established under Chapter 3314 of the Revised Code that was open for operation as a community school as of May 1, 2005, may operate from or in any home, as defined in section 3313.64 of the Revised Code, located in the state, regardless of when the community school’s operations from or in a particular home began.

What is the deal? A charter school operating “from or in” a home? The kitchen? The family room? The laundry room?

Well there you have it. Private education ventures on public funds are in full bloom in Ohio.

William L. Phillis | Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding | 614.228.6540

ohioeanda@sbcglobal.netwww.ohiocoalition.org |

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A wave of collective action continues to sweep across the country. Working people from all walks of life—teachers, hotel workers, federal government employees, actors—are joining together for better wages and benefits, access to health care, respect on the job and the rights and dignities we all deserve.

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Apprenticeships are key pathways to gainful employment, training workers for highly skilled jobs while paying living wages and providing health care. This new proposal would drive down standards for the world-class apprenticeship programs that workers and industries depend on. It would jeopardize not only good jobs, but safety standards in industries like construction. Watering down these programs is just plain wrong.

Right now, the Department of Labor is asking the public for feedback on this misguided proposal. We have to let them know that working people won’t stand for this. Help save our apprenticeships: Submit your comment now.

In Solidarity,

Team AFL-CIO

Have you heard? (Our podcast, that is.)

If you haven’t subscribed to our “State of the Unions” podcast yet, you’ll want to stop what you’re doing and go listen.

Every other Wednesday, podcast co-hosts Tim Schlittner and Julie Greene sit down with someone connected to workers—whether a union member, community partner, politician, columnist, policy specialist or labor leader—to tackle the ideas and issues facing the labor movement. This week I was lucky enough to be their guest, and you can check out our conversation here.

We got the chance to discuss work in the tech sector, the future of work and women’s strength in the labor movement. We also explored how, in the #MeToo era, a union contract can be one of the most important answers to workplace sexual harassment. We talked about innovation and change in the movement, too—as I said in the episode:

I don’t necessarily believe all the scare tactics that we’re hearing through reports saying we’re going to lose the 75 million jobs in 12 years, but with automation and robotics and artificial intelligence, there’s no doubt there’s going to be massive change going forward and probably faster than previous industrial revolutions. So I guess the question is: What is the labor movement going to do to keep up with that change, and how are we going to be modern and flexible and nimble…enough to represent the needs of workers as they transition to the jobs of the future?

Listen to the whole discussion here. Better yet, subscribe to and rate and review “State of the Unions” wherever you find
your podcasts.

In Solidarity,

Liz
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Liz Shuler
Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO

 

Nurses don’t turn away from a crisis.

This week on “State of the Unions” podcast, we had the opportunity to talk to National Nurses United (NNU) Executive Director Bonnie Castillo, RN, about the “Medicare for All” campaign, nurses’ history of organizing and the impact of nurses in the community.

Click here to listen to this week’s episode of “State of the Unions” and learn more about NNU.

Here’s an excerpt:

Nurses don’t turn away from a crisis. They go toward it. And what we need is for our elected leaders, our politicians to not get sidetracked, not go another way, but to go toward that crisis with a real systemic fix. So being in the industry 24/7, we are always pushing back on management’s attempts to shortchange our patients.

Listen now.

In Solidarity,

Julie
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Julie Greene
Mobilization Director, AFL-CIO
Co-Host, “State of the Unions” Podcast