NEW STUDY: Local taxes being used to subsidize charter schools when state aid is insufficient to cover the costs
COLUMBUS – December 16, 2014 – Local taxpayers are being forced to subsidize charter schools, many of them with poor academic records, according to a new study by the Ohio Charter School Accountability Project. Education Policy experts and school superintendents came together today to explain.
OEA Reaction to the State Board of Education removal of ratios from the Operating Standards
COLUMBUS – December 10, 2014 – The following statement is attributed to Becky Higgins, president of the OEA: “The OEA is disappointed that the State Board of Education removed ratios from Rule 5 of the Operating Standards that would have maintained a specific minimum staffing level for “educational service personnel.”
The Ohio Education Association Recognizes American Education Week
COLUMBUS – November 17, 2014 – The following statement is attributed to Becky Higgins, president of the Ohio Education Association: We invite people across the state to join the Ohio Education Association and millions of Americans nationwide this week in honoring everyone who works in our state’s fine public schools and colleges.
OEA urges State Board to keep language in Rule 5 of Ohio Operating Standards
COLUMBUS – November 11, 2014 – OEA Vice President Scott DiMauro testified today at the State Board of Education hearing on the 5 of 8 rule in the Ohio Operating Standards. OEA is gravely concerned with the Board’s proposal to eliminate the requirement of services outlined in Section 5 of Ohio Operating Standards.
OEA welcomes the introduction of legislation to delay the use of high-stakes decisions based on student test scores
COLUMBUS — October 21, 2014 — OEA today applauded the introduction of House Bill 642 by Representative Teresa Fedor, D-Toledo. The bill calls for a 3-year suspension of high-stakes decisions based on student test scores in measuring student growth and evaluating teacher performance.
Comparative Analysis of Imagine Schools Shows Below Average Performance Scores
COLUMBUS— October 15, 2014 — Prompted by reports of questionable leasing practices, a new analysis conducted by the Ohio Charter School Accountability Project shows that the Imagine Schools have a below-average performance index score for charter schools, and a significantly lower average score than traditional public schools.
"KnowYourCharter.com" — New Website Provides Detailed Comparison of Charter and Traditional Public Schools; Improves Data Transparency
COLUMBUS — September 30, 2014 — OEA and Innovation Ohio today announced the launch of a new website for parents, taxpayers and educators that will allow detailed comparisons between charter schools and traditional public school districts, and improves transparency by aggregating relevant data at a single, easy-to-use website.
OEA launches iPhone and Android apps for advocacy and membership engagement
COLUMBUS – September 23, 2014 – OEA officially launched a mobile app for its members and the public to stay up-to-date on the latest news, events and advocacy campaigns affecting educators and students in Ohio. Purple Forge, a leader in providing mobile apps for associations, developed the application with the OEA.
OEA reaffirms support for Common Core while also calling for smarter implementation
COLUMBUS – August 27, 2014 – OEA today provided testimony in opposition to House Bill 597, which would repeal Ohio’s voluntary adoption of the Common Core education standards. Vice-President Scott DiMauro urged Ohio lawmakers to give schools and educators more time to make sure the new standards are effectively implemented.
Pickerington Education Support Professionals Vote to Unionize, Join OEA
COLUMBUS – July 8, 2014 – More than 260 custodians, paraprofessionals, secretaries and other education support professionals in the Pickerington Local School District have voted to form a union affiliated with the Ohio Education Association (OEA). The ballots were counted today by the State Employment Relations Board.
Ohio Education Association Statement regarding Harris v. Quinn U.S Supreme Court Decision
COLUMBUS – June 30, 2014 – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a narrow decision on Harris v. Quinn when it eliminated fair share fee arrangements for Illinois home healthcare workers.
Teacher evaluation language good “first step, but more fixes are needed”
COLUMBUS – June 3, 2014 – Ohio Education Association President Becky Higgins said today that the compromise reached by the House and the Senate in the teacher evaluation provisions of HB362 were a step in the right direction but more work needs to be done to fix the state’s flawed teacher evaluation system.
OEA calls for suspension of state-imposed high-stakes decisions in implementation of new Common Core standards
COLUMBUS — May 12, 2014 — Nearly a thousand education leaders from across Ohio voted unanimously at OEA’s Spring Representative Assembly to support proposed legislation that would hit the pause button on all state-imposed high-stakes decisions based on student test results in the implementation of Ohio’s New Learning Standards.
Waverly student wins Ohio Education Association Black History Month essay contest
COLUMBUS—March 27, 2014—Noah Clifton, a fourth-grade student at Waverly Intermediate Elementary School, is the 2014 winner of the Ohio Education Association (OEA) Black History Month essay contest that asked students “What Freedom Means to me as we honor Black History Month.”
Cat-a-Van Reading Tour Hits the Road to Get Kids Reading, Brushing
WASHINGTON — February 20, 2014 — The Cat in the Hat is back in Ohio, and he’s revving up his engines to get kids excited about reading—and brushing their teeth! This year’s official Read Across America celebrations will start in Seuss-tastic style when NEA’s Cat-a-Van Reading Tour hits the road on February 24 with stops in Ohio.
OEA Announces Endorsements
COLUMBUS — February 3, 2014 — The Ohio Education Association Fund for Children and Public Education (OEA-FCPE) announced its endorsements for the November 2014 statewide elections. The OEA FCPE State Council carefully screens candidates based on their voting records, and their support of public education.