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Less training makes arming teachers more dangerous

Cincinnati Enquirer – Sara DeMuch |

“It’s unrealistic to expect a teacher in a high stress situation to not only protect their class and their students but also be responsible for taking out a school shooter. The majority of shooters have a connection to the school, so not only are you asking a teacher to shoot someone, you’re also asking them to possibly shoot a former or current student…. As a teacher who spends hours collecting data, checking facts and figures, and planning instruction using research-based methods, I’m tired of my students and I being held to a higher standard than our representatives.”

Sara DeMuch

Sara DeMuch is a high school teacher in an Ohio public school, mother of two children who attend Ohio public schools, and a volunteer lead with the Ohio chapter of Moms Demand Action.

Read the full opinion piece at the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Blended learning actually isn’t much learning

Cincinnati Enquirer – Nikki Pierson Mayhew |

“I do not believe the general public understands what blended learning will look like for our kids. I was not aware that our kids would not have instruction five days a week under this plan. They will only have lessons on the days they are physically in school. I learned this during the Sept. 14 school board meeting when the concern was brought up by one board member. Since, I have further investigated what this will look like with teacher friends, and am outlining some major concerns…”

Nikki Pierson Mayhew

Nikki Pierson Mayhew lives in Westwood. Her husband is Enquirer reporter Chris Mayhew.

Teachers need to talk about Breonna Taylor

The Hechinger Report – Andre Perry |

“Teachers must help their students (and themselves) find the words to reclaim the humanity a racist society wants to deny them and find the words to create a path towards structural change. Language arts and history teachers often resort to the “Great Books” to help students navigate their lives. But sometimes teaching a Shakespearean tragedy simply won’t do when you’re confronted with real ones every day.”

Andre Perry

Dr. Andre Perry, a contributing writer, is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow at The Brookings Institution.

Teachers anxious to get back to work, safely

Cincinnati Enquirer – Julie Sellers |

“Since the pandemic began, communities with the highest concentration of Black residents – like Cincinnati – have had the highest COVID-19 death rates. That may explain why many CPS parents have expressed little enthusiasm for returning their children to classrooms as long as COVID-19 threatens us… CPS will be hard pressed to follow CDC guidelines calling for masks and social distancing in older and crowded school buildings. We can’t do that with all children back. Yet the proposed “blended learning” model will leave many children without live teacher instruction on days when they are not in school.”

Julie Sellers

Julie Sellers is president of the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers.

‘They should have shot them’: What a silly thing to say

Cincinnati Enquirer – Byron McCauley |

“Many of us have fired off communication that we instantly wished we could take back. At the very least, it can be hurtful or embarrassing. At worst, it could instigate violence or get you fired. That which we once may have thought of as water-cooler talk can now become a wrecking ball.”

Byron McCauley

Catholic schools not the enemy of public schools

Cincinnati Enquirer – Catholic Superintendents of Ohio |

“Catholic schools and public schools are not competitors, but partners. Parents deserve to choose freely from many exceptional school options, representing the best learning environment for their children. The Catholic schools in Ohio are grateful to the state of Ohio for leading the nation in supporting the parental right to choose the educational option that best matches their family values.”

Catholic Superintendents of Ohio

Catholic Superintendents of Ohio: Matt Daniels (Diocese of Toledo), Adam Dufault (Diocese of Columbus), Mary Fiala (Diocese of Youngstown), Susan Gibbons (Archdiocese of Cincinnati), Frank O’Linn (Diocese of Cleveland), and Deacon Paul Ward (Diocese of Steubenville).

The response to a Cincinnati Enquirer article was originally issued on Aug 28th through the Ohio Catholic Conference. It was published as an Opinion piece on Sept 18th in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

USDA makes right move to mitigate food insecurity with lunch program extension

Education Dive – Betsy Huber |

“Eliminating food insecurity in the U.S. will improve the health of millions of Americans but will only be possible if we support all the links in the food supply chain, from our farms to our children’s lunch bags… Child hunger is a very real challenge, one that is particularly acute as the nation wrestles with COVID-19 and its economic ripple effect. Providing universal free meals is just one step in combating the challenge. While the logistics of offering free meals may seem daunting, the success of previous programs has proven that it can be done, even on a large scale.”

Betsy Huber

Betsy Huber is president of National Grange, a nonprofit focused on strengthening individuals, families and communities through grassroots action, service, education, advocacy and agriculture awareness.

There is critically important work laid off DPS teachers, nurses and staff should be doing to help kid during pandemic, union president says

Dayton Daily News – David A. Romick |

“All school districts felt the burden of adapting to online education last spring when schools were closed due to the pandemic and we had to switch on a dime to serving our stakeholders – DPS was not unique in that. As such, the question which must be asked is why are we unique in this online curriculum that results in job loss, however temporary the district keeps saying it may be? No other district we are aware of is or has laid off staff due to their online curriculum.”

David A. Romick

David A. Romick is president of the Dayton Education Association. 

‘This is temporary. It is also painful,’

Journal-News – Mohamed Al Hamdani and Elizabeth Lolli |

Unfortunately, this late-breaking change to online education required the district to temporarily reduce staff in areas such as transportation, administration, school nurses, counselors, and art, music, and physical education teachers. How we educate students is temporarily changing, and so did our personnel needs.

Mohamed Al Hamdani and Elizabeth Lolli