Archives for November 2016

Apply Now To Become A Teacher Leadership Initiative Fellow

The Columbus Education Association, in collaboration with the National Education Association, the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and the Center for Teaching Quality, is seeking 30 CEA members to participate in the 2017 cohort of the Teacher Leadership Initiative (TLI).

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A Post-Election Message from the NEA

The following is from a message posted on Nov. 9 by NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia:

“This morning we face the awesome responsibility of our profession: to comfort our children, to alleviate their fears, and to be a force for good in the world. We have an awesome responsibility to ensure that the worst of the campaign rhetoric does not become a reality—by standing up for what is right, by standing firm against values we know are wrong, and by standing firm in our efforts to build a better future.”

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Waste and lack of accountability

Reported by the NEA: A new report highlights concerns about charter schools and how they operate. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General believes the concerns center on the relationship between charter schools and the companies managing them. The Inspector General’s report looked at 33 charter schools in six states–California, Texas, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York. Here is the pattern that emerged:

1) financial risk of waste, fraud, and abuse; (2) insufficient accountability over federal funds, the result of charter school boards ceding fiscal authority to management companies; and, because of these issues, (3) lack of accountability for following federal requirements.

Over the last decade, the federal government has spent more than $3 billion for charter schools, including the $71 million released to Ohio.