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Don't Jeopardize Our Future: Molly Rogers

Good Evening Everyon,e I am Molly Rogers. Thanks for coming!

Now, I have a few things to say to you. I am a sophomore here at Youngstown State University, a special education major and member of the Ohio Education Association. 
When I think about my career as a future educator my biggest fear is losing my job. 

As a special education teacher it will be my duty to accommodate children on various levels of need and sometimes due to lack of money from the school, lack of parent involvement or the lack of personal this can become a challenge. 

I am stuck living in fear that I may lose my job because I lack the resources or parent involvement that is needed to help a child learn to their best ability. 

I once took a session on impacting students and the biggest thing I took away from it is students ARE excited about school and learning CAN be fun if a teacher has a Positive Attitude.

The curriculum can be easy to teach if the positive attitude is there, BUT how can a person keep a positive attitude if he or she knows their job is always at stake?

Senate Bill 5 will not only affect the work force, but it will affect many students right in this room today as well as potential college applicants. College education is going to suffer with all the requirements that will be placed on the colleges and universities and it will be hard to recruit qualified future teachers and may result in the education colleges shutting down in Ohio. 

This will result in the loss of jobs and opportunity. 

This will not only affect the colleges of education. For example, here at YSU we offer the Ohio peace officer training academy this is basic police officer training certification for those who are interested in a career in law enforcement and I FEAR there will be a lack of enrollment due to the lack of interest.


My mom is a food service employee in the Warren city school district.  Our family is concerned with her job, her pay and her health care benefits along with working conditions and job security.

I am concerned with the custodian’s in the school, the educational aids, the bus drivers and the food service workers.  These are the people who get the children to and from school, keep our schools clean, help with the needs of our students and prepare food for the children, sometimes their only meal of the day.  These are the people who will make it possible for me to do my job every single day.

I am concerned with my safety, your safety and the safety of the police and firefighters. 

With the potential cuts the police and firefighters face they will have less back up with their daily job which puts them in harm’s way. 

When I envisioned my future doing something I loved and having job security, it wasn’t until the release of Senate Bill 5 that I realized the following items would be at stake: Salary, health care, job security, class size, starting and quitting time, reasonable rules and regulations, work assignments, work standards, quality and quantity of work to be done and finally possible termination without just cause. 

Senate Bill 5 has made my vision for my future profession cloudy, with a chance of storms.

Looking at my future career I don’t want it to be a job I want this to be a profession and senate bill 5 does not make it a profession. 
Students, teachers, public workers and anyone involved in a union- in order fight the fight, save the middle class and ensure fair working conditions for our future professions these are the things we need to do.

We need volunteers to collect signatures, we need people to collect the petitions, and we need to educate others on the detrimental effects on Senate Bill 5  

I am offering my help and asking for yours to help KILL THE BILL.  THANK YOU


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