Fordham advocates for legislative changes
Over the past several weeks, Fordham staff members have testified before committees of the Ohio House and Senate on several pieces of education-related legislation. You can read more about these testimonies by checking out summaries on Fordham’s blog, Flypaper, which have been excerpted below.
Fordham’s Kathryn Mullen Upton testifies
in support of charter school serving incarcerated youth
Fordham’s Kathryn Mullen Upton, director of charter school sponsorship for the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, testified before the Ohio Senate Education Committee in support of SB 86. The bill would enable the creation of a charter school that would “serve adults of school age who are incarcerated or who have been released from the custody of the Department of Youth Services.” The proposed school would be called WinWin Academy and would serve youths ages 18-22, and initially would be located at the Pickaway Correctional Institution. Read more here, or go straight to Kathryn’s testimony here.
Fordham’s Jamie Davies O’Leary testifies
in Ohio Senate in support of TFA
The Ohio Senate Education Committee met to discuss SB 81- a bill that would allow Teach For America alumni to gain a resident teacher license and be equipped to teach in the state of Ohio. It also paves the way for the creation of an actual TFA-Ohio site. In support of the bill three TFA alums (including Fordham’s own Jamie Davies O’Leary) testified, throwing their support behind this bill. After listening to their testimony, it became clearer than ever to me that Ohio needs to pass this legislation and allow TFA participants and alums into low-income classrooms. Read more here or go straight to Jamie’s testimony here.
Fordham’s Terry Ryan says Ohio’s
superintendents are yearning to break free of state mandates
Since the Senate’s passage of SB 5, superintendents have been inundated with phone calls and emails from local union representatives and teachers expressing their dismay and anger with the bill. Superintendents expressed serious concerns that the heat that came down on lawmakers – (e.g. thousand protesting at the statehouse and a group of union activists confronting lawmakers in a restaurant) – will pale in comparison to what they will face in their local communities as they work to implement the reforms in SB5. Read more here, view a video of Terry talking about his testimony on SB 5 here, or go straight to the transcript of his most recent version (delivered to the Ohio House Commerce and Labor Committee) here.
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