Dayton Daily News investigation finds millions in misspent taxpayer funds won’t be paid back
Ohio has collected only a small percentage of the $84.6 million in taxpayer money singled out by watchdogs as misspent or mishandled by public agencies since 2001. Approximately $32.1 million has reached a six-year statute of limitations on collections without repayment. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office considers $24.7 million “virtually uncollectible.”
Day of Action: December 9th Rally at the Statehouse
Tell Governor Kasich, put Ohio’s kids ahead of campaign donors, for-profit charter school operators, and Ohio’s wealthiest 1 percent!!! On December 9th, join labor and community allies at the Statehouse to spotlight the negative effects of the governor’s education policy.
OEA 2014 Collective Bargaining Conference
Spread the word and save the date: February 7-8 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.
OEA Representative Assembly Fall 2013
The Fall 2013 Representative Assembly begins at 9 a.m Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Franklin County Veterans Memorial in Columbus. This year's theme is Educators Rock! Delegates will be seated in the auditorium. Alternates and guests may be seated in the designated guest seating area in the balcony.
OEA 2014-2015 Member Art Contest
Not a trained artist? That’s ok because all members are invited to submit original works of art whether it be photography, computer design, illustration, painting and any other type of art you can think of for potential use on the 2014-2015 OEA membership promotion materials. Simply create and enter by January 31, 2014.
Local President Handbook
The new Local President Handbook provides first time local leaders with information relevant to their new role. The handbook includes job descriptions, membership information, constitution and bylaw and election assistance as well as district, OEA and NEA resources and contact information.
Black History Month Student Essay Contest
Ohio fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students are invited to participate in the Ohio Education Association’s eighth annual Black History Month Essay contest. The essay contest offers students the opportunity to learn more about African-American contributions and the achievement of freedom against many odds. Deadline: January 17, 2014.
OEA Testifies in Support of Senate Bill 229
OEA Vice President Scott DiMauro testified on behalf of OEA in Senate Education Committee on November 19, 2013, expressing strong support for Senate Bill 229. In addition to OEA testimony, the bill received proponent testimony from a number of individuals and education organizations, including Battelle for Kids and the Superintendent of Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools.
Featured Discounts from OEA Access
Taking a holiday this holiday? Make sure to save on all of your travel plans. Whether you’re planning on visiting loved ones or arranging a fun vacation getaway, enjoy great deals on hotel stays, car rentals & repair, cruises plus theme parks. Don’t forget to take advantage of the awesome deals OEA Access Discounts has to offer!
Hot Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits
Savings on all your holiday and year-end shopping are just a click away. From buying gifts for loved ones to travel deals, and everything in between, NEA Member Benefits Seasons Savings has everything you need. Also, don’t miss entering the Seasons Savings Getaway Sweepstakes to win a 3-night hotel stay and a 3-day car rental.*
The Ohio Education Association Recognizes American Education Week
COLUMBUS – November 18, 2013 – The following statement is attributed to Becky Higgins, president of the Ohio Education Association:
How the state could make effective use of the $400 million in savings due to Medicaid expansion
COLUMBUS — November 13, 2013 — Statement by OEA President Becky Higgins: First of all, we welcome a healthy debate on this subject. There are a host of needs that could be met with some or all of this money. We could rehire laid off police and firefighters. We could do more to help the elderly. We could also rehire laid off teachers.
2014 NEA ESP National Conference
The 2014 NEA ESP National Conference will take place March 7-9, 2014 in San Francisco, California. The ESP National Conference is NEA’s premier event for ESP members nationwide.
Read the Current Issue of OEA Legislative Watch
The Ohio Senate unanimously passed SB 229 (R-Gardner) by a vote of 33-0 on December 4, 2013. The bill would help make Ohio’s new system for evaluating teachers more effective, fair and efficient by reducing the academic growth factor on evaluations to 35% from the current 50%. Further, the bill would provide school districts with more flexibility regarding the frequency of evaluations for highly rated teachers (“Accomplished” and “Skilled”). In addition to chief sponsor Sen. Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green), the bill has 27 bi-partisan co-sponsors, including the entire Senate Education Committee.
OEA congratulates member Debra McDonald as 2013 Ohio Teacher of the Year
COLUMBUS — November 6, 2013 — Ohio Education Association member and teacher Debra McDonald has been named the 2013 Ohio Teacher of the Year by the Ohio Department of Education. McDonald, a veteran teacher of 19 years at the Wayne County Schools Career Center in Smithville, teaches high school students in the center’s Early Childhood Education and Care program.
Ohio Education Association Endorses FitzGerald for Governor
COLUMBUS — November 4, 2013 — The Ohio Education Association (OEA) Fund for Children and Public Education (FCPE) State Council announced its unanimous endorsement of Ed FitzGerald for Governor. The vote was taken at an FCPE convention on Saturday in Columbus.
OEA supports Medicaid expansion,urges broader debate on applying the savings
COLUMBUS — October 23, 2013 — “The Ohio Education Association applauds the temporary expansion of Medicaid,” said Becky Higgins, president of the Ohio Education Association. “It is laudable that some 275,000 Ohioans will have access to health care over the next two years thanks to the action taken by the state Controlling Board.”
OEA Applauds Ohio Supreme Court Decision on informational picketing ruling
COLUMBUS — October 23, 2013 — The Ohio Education Association (OEA) applauds the Ohio Supreme Court on its 7-0 decision earlier today. The Court held that the Mahoning Education Association of Developmental Disabilities (MEADD) did not have to provide the Mahoning County Developmental Disabilities Board with notice before conducting an informational picket related to contract negotiations. “Our commitment to Ohio education employees is the compelling reason for our action,” said OEA President Becky Higgins. “The protection of members’ rights is of the utmost importance to OEA.”