What does ESSA mean for OFT members?

Like parents, teachers believe that there is so much more to children than test scores. We are frustrated by a testing culture that ties our hands. We want our students to feel the joy of learning. Find out how we can get there with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). 


President’s Message June 2016

June 2016 President’s Message

       Well, time really does go fast when you are having fun!  After the second Thursday of this month (June), we will have completed another cycle of chapter meetings, and a Gala to celebrate 40 years of existence as a retiree chapter, and 25 years as a retiree chapter chartered by the American Federation of Teachers.

Chapter Meetings


Weingarten speaks on the future of public education

In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., AFT President Randi Weingarten juxtaposed two approaches for education that would have vastly different consequences for America's students. Either build on the bipartisan consensus of the Every Student Succeeds Act to provide all families with access to great neighborhood public schools, or promote the dangerous, destructive approaches that Donald Trump's education secretary nominee advocates to undermine and privatize public education.