PEP Testimony Opposing HB 512

March 10, 2018

Public Education Partners (PEP) is a statewide grassroots advocacy group for public school districts and the children and families that they serve. PEP strongly opposes House Bill 512 and views it as an undemocratic law that will, by design, take away …

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Celebrate Public Education

February 5, 2018

Something beautiful happened at the Ohio Statehouse recently. Public Education in Ohio was celebrated. It was as if a balmy breeze washed away the criticism and blame cast over our public schools during the past decade. Instead of “from Sea …

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‘Tis the Season for Gift-Giving

December 20, 2017

‘Tis the season for gift-giving! Public education advocates should celebrate the season by presenting their state lawmakers with copies of one of the most forward-thinking children’s books ever written, Hooray for Diffendoofer Day. This thought-provoking picture book was primarily written …

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January 21-27, 2018 should be PUBLIC EDUCATION WEEK in Ohio

November 27, 2017

Public Education Partners (PEP) is a statewide nonprofit that was created to connect and unite advocates that support public school districts and the children and families they serve. The Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding (OCEASF) was organized to …

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Keeping the PUBLIC in Public Schools

November 15, 2017

The U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, is attempting to redefine the meaning and role of public education from what it has been for more than two centuries. She wants to privatize public education and call it “public.” She talks …

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Empire of Deceit – the Ohio Connection

September 29, 2017

 A new book, Empire of Deceit, shows a nationwide pattern of abuses at schools linked to Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. It’s available online here: http://empireofdeceit.com/ Abuses at the chain’s Ohio-based schools, which operate here under the names Horizon Science Academy …

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School Legislation Update – Ohio

September 11, 2017

September 2017 Legislative Committee Report Getting Involved: If you’ve returned to school with a renewed desire to get involved in education issues, but aren’t sure where to begin, check out the OEA’s Educator-Activist To-Do List here. Most of the suggestions …

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Grassroots Advocacy for Local Public School Districts

August 23, 2017

Public education advocates across the nation are awakening to the fact that traditional public education is under serious attack and thus are gearing up to fight privatization efforts. Traditional public school advocates can overcome well-connected privatizers when they join together …

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The 3rd Grade Reading Promotion Crisis

July 24, 2017

 Some state officials claim that the students caught up in this problem may be “marginally” proficient and therefore could benefit from the additional intervention in the retention programs. They also argue that the mid-term promotion option will take care of …

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Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee

June 27, 2017

I am a college professor and a mother. My Ph.D. is in Lifespan Cognitive Development, and I have taught developmental psychology and educational psychology for 25 years at Syracuse University, Ithaca College and Kenyon College. My children are 5 and …

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