Preserve Free Choice of Provider for Ohioans with Developmental Disabilities
OEA is concerned with the plan being drafted by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and other state agencies are drafting to comply with the new rules promulgated by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding federal funding for Home and Community Based Services.
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.
Becky Higgins' 2014 Fall RA Speech
OEA President Becky Higgins' speech at the 2014 OEA Fall Representative Assembly stressed the need to get beyond partisianship and all work together. Read the full transcript of her speech and watch video clips of key excepts.
Recognizing OEA Activists
We want to recognize activists that accrued over 500 points during the campaign. And one for our top activist. In the wake of the recent election, we would like to congratulate an OEA member for her outstanding efforts on behalf of OEA-endorsed candidates. Kelsey Saywell, a member of the Euclid Teachers Association, was the number one OEA campaign activist in 2014.
Lily Eskelsen Garcia's 2014 Fall RA Speech
NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia spoke at the 2014 OEA Fall Representative Assembly. The full transcript of her rousing speech can be read online. You can also watch video clips from her speech.
ESP Advanced and emerging leader nominations to attend the 2015 NEA ESP National Conference
The ESP National Conference is NEA’s premier professional development event for ESP members nationwide. It is where we announce the recipient of the NEA ESP of the Year Award and provide our members with additional opportunities for skill development and networking at the national level.
OAESP 2015 Statewide Conference
The OEASP 2015 Statewide Conference 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: What you need to Know, and more.
2015 National Leadership Summit
Registration for the NEA 2015 National Leadership Summit is now open! The Summit will be held February 27 – March 1, 2015, at the Anaheim Hilton, Anaheim, CA. The Summit is based on a series of NEA leadership competencies. For the first time you have the opportunity to select the breakout sessions that you will attend during the Summit.
Bag the Junk’s National Schools Contest: “The Smart Snacks Roundup”
Calling all educators, students and families! Share your successes and challenges with healthy school foods and fantastic ideas with schools still struggling to get healthy options in vending machines, cafeteria à la carte lines, school stores, and fundraisers. Enter here. Tweet about your entry with #smartsnacksroundup to @BagtheJunk.
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.”
OEA 2015 Collective Bargaining Conference
Spread the word and save the date: February 5-7 in Columbus. This two day conference offers empowering training for local leaders and bargaining team members. Your negotiating skills and collective will to protect members’ professional pursuits are being tested. Answer the call to action and participate.
Hot Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits
From buying gifts for loved ones to travel deals, buying clothes, eating out, and everything in between, NEA Member Benefits Seasons Savings has everything you need. Also, don’t miss entering the Seasons Savings Getaway Sweepstakes. Starting November 21, 2014, enter for a chance to win an iPad Mini.
Featured Discounts from OEA Access
The holidays aren’t all fun and games, there’s some serious shopping to be done. Keep your wallet cozy with wealth this winter using these fabulous savings on holiday adventures, entertainment, activities, stocking stuffers and more. Enjoy the gift of savings this holiday season by logging in to OEA Access Discounts.
Statement on Fox 19's report on teachers facing disciplinary action
The reckless and irresponsible reporting by Fox19, WXIX-TV in Cincinnati, has done irreparable and undeserved damage to the reputations of good teachers. The fact is that many teachers on the list of those purportedly "disciplined for conduct issues" actually had their cases dismissed or deferred.
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.