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Of the 690,000 undocumented immigrants now facing an uncertain future as Congress and President Trump wrangle over the DACA program are about 8,800 school teachers.

The real possibility that they'll be deported if the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is allowed to expire has put enormous stress on them.

It's inevitable. Each year, teachers dip into their own pockets to buy things like notebooks, tissues and pencils for their students.

This inevitability is even enshrined in the tax code, which gives educators a $250 deduction for their trouble. Late last week, in hammering out their big tax overhaul, Republicans decided to preserve that deduction. So we thought we would ask teachers how much of their own money they spend each year.

The answer: more than $250.

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Nearly one-third of teachers in Ohio's traditional public schools are chronically absent, but the rate in charter schools is significantly less. That’s according to a report released this week by the right-leaning Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that operates more than a dozen charter schools in the state.

Spencer Campbell spends much of his days walking the halls of Elk Ridge Middle School, checking breezeways for kids playing hooky, redirecting foot traffic between classes and checking on substitute teachers.

Campbell is one of two assistant principals at Elk Ridge, a school just south of Salt Lake City, Utah. It's his first year in the role and he looks the part. He's in his late 30s, sharply dressed, walks briskly and carries a walkie-talkie on his belt.

House Democrats are taking a proposal from Gov. John Kasich and throwing it back at him with a bill requiring him to spend a week with local schools. 

Teachers unions are gearing up for a fight against a controversial proposal in Gov. John Kasich’s budget that would require educators to shadow workers at local businesses in order to renew their license. 

The U.S. Department of Education has withdrawn a proposal that could have fundamentally changed the flow of federal dollars to schools that serve low-income students.

We all experience stress at work, no matter the job. But for teachers, the work seems to be getting harder and the stress harder to shake.

A new report out this month pulls together some stark numbers on this:

Cincinnati Archdiocese To Tweak Contract's Morality Clauses

Mar 10, 2015
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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati plans to update language in its teachers’ contract following a committee’s suggestions on its morality clauses.

Archdiocese spokesman Dan Andriacco tells the Cincinnati Enquirer that the tweaked language in the contract will clarify what is expected of employees. The clarifications come after last year’s contract sparked protests for its language prohibiting “homosexual lifestyles,” abortion, artificial insemination and public support for any of those causes.

Teachers At Columbus Charter School Vote To Unionize

Mar 6, 2015
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Teachers at a Columbus charter high school have narrowly voted to form a union. But the election outcome is contested.

Teachers at Franklinton Preparatory Academy on Chicago Avenue, voted 5 to 4 to join the state’s largest teachers union, the Ohio Education Association. If the vote withstands a challenge, Franklinton Prep would become the first of Ohio’s 370 charter schools to unionize.

Teacher Jailed For Showing High School Class Violent Movie

Mar 5, 2015
Columbus City Schools

A former substitute teacher convicted of showing a movie including graphic sex and violence to a Columbus high school class has been sentenced to 90 days in jail.

A jury convicted Sheila Kearns of four felony counts in January. Kearns apologized in court Wednesday, saying she hadn’t watched the movie before showing it to her Spanish classes at Columbus’ East High School in April 2013.

The movie is called “The ABCs of Death” and consists of 26 chapters, each depicting some form of grisly death, such as “E is for Exterminate.”

Improving the Student-Teacher Connection

Aug 21, 2014

11 am

Despite the struggles over education in the US, most people agree teachers can have an enormous impact; the harder question is what makes them great. This hour we'll examine practical steps that can build trust among teachers and students, and how collaboration and peer-observations might be the key to improving the quality of education.

Guests

What Does it Mean to Be a Great Teacher?

Jan 14, 2013

11:00 Teachers impact all of us, in many ways. On this hour, we'll talk about what it truly means to be a great teacher and how teachers get to that level. Guests

10:00 On Nov. 25, the day after Thanksgiving, StoryCorps holds its annual National Day of Listening event. This year, they're asking Americans to take a few minutes to thank teachers for the impact they have on the lives of millions. On this hour of "All Sides," we'll talk about the importance of educators and how you can thank them during the National Day of Listening. Guest

Merit Pay in Ohio Schools

Jul 19, 2011

Merit pay in Ohio Schools is in the process of being established. How should we rate our teachers and judge and reward their performance in the classroom? Guests:

  • Tim Dove (Teacher, Phoenix Middle School)
  • Kristan Van Hook (VP for Policy and Development, National Institute for Excellence in teaching)

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