Greg Mild, proud member of TBS

CEA/TBS member Greg Mild volunteered his time at the TBS table at CEA's Annual Fall Fling.

Teachers for Better Schools (TBS) is the Columbus Education Association’s political-action arm, a separate entity from CEA developed to keep its eye on the political arena. It raises money for political candidates, levy and bond campaigns and other ballot issues affecting Columbus teachers and the school community.

TBS carefully studies the issues and informs all CEA members about the voting behavior and stated positions of our elected officials. Greg Mild is one of many CEA members that have also joined TBS.

Mild was hired by the district in 1999 and taught elementary math for several years. He later became a Staff Development Specialist at the Northgate Center. Mild is well known for playing a pivotal role in coordinating district-level professional development for thousands district employees. He is as proud of his TBS membership as he is about helping the district’s employees.

“TBS keeps me informed about how decisions made at the state and national level will affect my job,” said Mild. He doesn’t stop there with his involvement in education political action. Mild is scheduled to deliver opposition testimony to Senate Bill 5 on Monday, Mar. 14 to the House Commerce and Labor Committee.

“As education professionals, we have to make sure our voices are heard when policy decisions are going to be made that will directly affect us,” continued Mild. “I support Teachers for Better Schools because I am fighting for the future of public education, and I urge my colleagues who are not yet members to join.”

Like it or not, it is elected leaders who decide our fate. Senate Bill 5 will weaken the voice of educators and weaken our participation in the political process. Now more than ever, it is important to raise funds, support TBS and get out the vote.

CEA does not use dues money to promote individual candidates or issues. Instead, we ask you join TBS. To join TBS, ask your faculty representative for a TBS membership form or download a form from the CEA website at http://bit.ly/fWiKPY. Sign up now. This is something that teachers can do now to fight for our future the future of public education and collective bargaining.

"I may not be here for class…."

More than 1,600 students were identified by Columbus City Schools as living in transitional circumstances last year. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act helps improves access to education for homeless students. 

Teacher-blogger Ms. Cornelius shares the experience of one of her students at A Shrewdness of Apes:

One of my AP students came into my room and handed me her homework. “I may not be here for class, Ms. Cornelius.”

“Oh? Why not?” I asked.

And then she started crying. Big fat tears from eyes squeezed tight.

“The school… the school… they are kicking us out and say we don’t live where we are living….”

To sum up, it basically equals a lost job, a lost home, living with a family friend until they move into a new apartment in a few weeks. They pulled her out of her class and told her she was no longer enrolled and to go home. They did not contact her parents, and she doesn’t drive. So she huddled in my room for two hours until she finally could get grandma to come and pick her up.

To read about the entire experience, visit Ms. Cornelius’ post.

To learn more about the McKinney-Ventro Act, or if you are concerned about a student, please contact Project Connect at 365-5140 x225.