Mark your calendars: March 2, 2015, is NEA's Read Across America Day
Oh, the Places You'll Go when you read!. March 2, 2015 is NEA's Read Across America Day and this year, the book is the Seuss classic, Oh, The Places You'll Go. It's never too early to plan a Read Across America event at your school. On this page you can find tips and resources to help you make your event Seussational.
2015 OEA Read Across America Video Contest
OEA is holding its annual Read Across America Video Contest. Enter to win a $200 Barnes & Noble gift card! It's easy. Simply submit your video highlighting Read Across America, then share your entry with friends so they can vote for it. DEADLINE: March 28, 2015. Contest is open to all OEA members.
OEA Announces Member Lobby Day Dates
Some of our big issues – such as reducing the amount of student testing and reforming a broken charter school system – are now front and center on the legislative agenda. We need your help in moving these issues forward. We’ve set up a series of lobby days and we encourage you to put one or more of these days on your calendar.
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Attention School Bus Drivers!
Start making plans for the 2015 School Bus Driver Safety Road-E-O. With some modified events for both the Regional and State competition, and an updated Driver’s Handbook and Events guide, this year's events will challenge drivers of all levels. The Road-E-O is fast approaching and registration deadline is April 11, 2015.
Read the latest Ohio Schools magazine online
Over-testing takes away from students’ time to learn and does nothing to close opportunity gaps. How do we address over-testing and take back teaching and learning? Also in this issue, information on the OAESP 2015 Statewide Conference, Governor Kasich's Executive Budget Proposal, and Charter school reform legislation.
OEA Urges Lawmakers to Adopt More Comprehensive Charter School Reform
COLUMBUS – February 18, 2015 – OEA President Becky Higgins today urged members of the Ohio House Education Committee to adopt provisions that would close persistently failing charter schools and to revise the way in which charter schools are funded so that local public schools are not disadvantaged.
OAESP 2015 Statewide Conference
The OEASP 2015 Statewide Conference, March 27-28, 2015, offers a variety of sessions that will fill the professional and leadership development for all ESPs. Topics offered for the sessions include Creating Safe Schools for All Youth, I’m Not a Nurse but I Play one at School, Retiring with SERS, and more.
KnowYourCharter.com is a powerful new resource that helps you answer questions about how charter schools operate and how they’re performing. This toolkit provides you with the tools, strategies, and resources you need to use KnowYourCharter.com as a tool for member organizing and political advocacy.
OEA Urges Lawmakers To Move Quickly To Address Problems Associated With Student Testing
COLUMBUS – February 12, 2015 – "OEA has been urging state lawmakers to go beyond the ‘safe harbor’ provisions that were signed into law last year that placed a one-year hold on high-stakes decisions based on test scores," says OEA President Becky Higgins. "OEA will continue to push hard for that to happen.”
OEA Reaction to Governor Kasich’s proposed budget
COLUMBUS – February 11, 2015 –"Any effort to increase funding to Ohio’s schools is a welcome development. However, like many lawmakers, we have questions about the basis for determining which districts are ‘needy’ and which districts have the ‘capacity’ to generate more local revenues for their schools."
OEA Endorses Hayden for Reelection to STRS Board
Recently, the OEA Board of Directors endorsed Tai Hayden for reelection to the STRS Board. Tai Hayden has served on the STRS Board as a representative of active teachers since 2006. During her tenure on the STRS Board, Tai Hayden has worked hard, listened to members and has been a responsible steward of STRS’ assets.
Check out "In the Know"
Read the inaugural edition of "In the Know," a quarterly newsletter which will cover one topic in each of the following areas: compensation & benefits, workplace conditions, and professional issues. This issue includes information on spousal carve-out proposals, arming teachers and the resident educator program.