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Outgoing teachers' union president says education is a right, not ideology
Larry Wicks say the SB 5 fight taught advocates a lot

Molly Bloom
Larry Wicks, outgoing head of the Ohio Education Association.
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The head of Ohio's largest teachers union, the Ohio Education Association, is retiring at the end of this year, after more than 40 years with teachers unions in Ohio and other states. Larry Wicks has served as head of the OEA since 2008 and led the successful campaign to repeal a bill that limited public-sector collective bargaining in the state.  Wicks spoke with StateImpact Ohio's Molly Bloom about what he considers some of the most notable changes in education that have occurred during his career.

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“During the course of my career, public education has become highly politicized. I don’t think public education is an ideology. I think public education is not only a fundamental right for the students in this state, but it is also the foundation on which you build the economy of this state. ... And listening to the voices of those who actually do the work would make a lot of difference in terms of the outcomes that we get.”

That’s Larry Wicks, the retiring head of the Ohio Education Association – the state’s largest teachers’ union – speaking with StateImpact Ohio’s Molly Bloom. 


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