When you go to the polls this year, I suggest you ask yourself—-which side is a candidate on?

Educating our students is the most important investment we can make in our future.  We need to elect leaders who will make public education a priority.  The election is happening now!  Early and absentee voting has already started.  As educators, we are keenly aware that we are electing our bosses—officials influence what happens in our schools and classrooms, so the midterm elections are very important for education voters.

When education voters  do not participate in elections, we do not get pro-public education leaders in the halls of power.  Since 2010,, Ohio has balanced it’s budget on the backs of our students.  Millions have been cut from the state education budgets.  Our students can’t vote.  It’s up to us: educators, parents, and community leaders to make choices today that will help ensure that our students have the future they deserve.

So you need to ask yourselves:

Is he or she on the side of those who would continue to divert taxpayer dollars from our local public school districts so more money can go to underperforming or failing charter schools?

Is he or she committed to a more sensible approach to measuring student growth and teacher performance instead of the current over-reliance on standardized testing?

Is he or she supportive of the right s of working people to organize and bargain in good faith for fair wages and benefits?  Or would he or she vote for another version of Senate Bill 5 that would take away those rights?

If you want a list of the pro-public education candidates who will appear on your ballot, you can find it here (ohioballot.com)

Please be informed, be active and above all, vote!

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Becky Higgins is President of the Ohio Education Association

 
  • dmoore2222

    With all due respect, make sure your own membership votes this turd out. I’m a former teacher who was shocked to hear that quite a few faculty members at my school voted for Frackin John, the teacher hater.

  • dmoore2222

    Amen. All they need to do is look at what’s happened to teachers in Wisconsin since Walker and the republicans passed anti collective bargaining legislation for public employees. Also, I noticed over the years that many more teachers were becoming like republicans in their thinking, less compassionate and more materialistic and greedy. Either they forgot or never knew about the struggles that unions had in their early years to get the pay and benefits that they now enjoy. And how they could be friendly to someone who is so openly hostile toward their profession is truly mind boggling.

  • Absolutely. I had a first year teacher in my building last year, and during orientation, she complained about having to pay union dues. I wanted to yell “do you have any idea how terrible working conditions and pay would be without unions? How about your class sizes and stipends for class supplies? Have you heard about Senate Bill 5?” The thing that pissed me off is that it was a pretty high SES district, with good pay. Does she think that the local board just magically comes up with these numbers?

    It’s the selfish mindset like this that worries me about Kasich getting re-elected. He’s obviously waiting to make his move about the Right to Work agenda after the election (smart…I’ll give him that). And with folks worried about a few hundred dollars over the short term, instead of long-term benefits, I worry that that battle will be much harder to fight than SB5.

  • dmoore2222

    Yes. The American wage gap and wage stagnation can be directly attributed to the decline of unions. People forget that unions established a wage and working conditions standard for EVERYONE, not just union members. I can remember employment ads in the newpaper by non-union companies stating “union pay rate and working conditions”. Creeps like Kasich, who basically enriched himself on the public dole, strive for the ultimate republican dream: a few with all the wealth and the rest of us their slaves.

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