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RA Delegates passed New Business items; Suspend High-Stakes decisions tied to testing for three years

Delegates to the OEA 2014 Spring Representative Assembly demonstrated their serious concern for the state of public education in Ohio through their debate and action on numerous New Business Items, including a unanimous vote 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.  

At the RA, delegates passed the following New Business Items:

§  SP-2014-01 — The OEA shall propose and organize support for legislation to implement a three-year suspension on all high-stakes decisions tied to student standardized test results beginning with the 2014-2015 school year.

§  SP-2014-02 — The OEA shall work with external partners to organize an information campaign to raise public awareness of failing for-profit charter schools in Ohio. Using existing research, communications, lobbying and organizing resources, the campaign will highlight the negative financial and academic impact of such schools on Ohio’s taxpayers, school districts, public school employees, and students. The goal of the campaign will be to support the election of pro-public education candidates to office and build public support for legislation that stems the flow of funds from traditional public schools to lower performing charter schools.

§  SP-2014-03 — The OEA, working through the delegates to the Spring 2014 Representative Assembly and its affiliates, shall encourage local boards of education to adopt resolutions in support of preserving the “thorough and efficient” provision of Article VI, Section 2 of the Ohio Constitution and advocating for constitutional language that strengthens the fundamental right to high quality educational opportunities for every Ohio student.

§  SP-2014-05 — OEA will perform a study to establish 3/4 time dues for members.

§  SP-2014-07 — OEA will publicly support the Network for Public Education (NPE) in their pursuit of ending high-stakes testing and the use of test scores to evaluate schools and teachers. Specifically, OEA support NPE’s call for congressional hearings on the overuse and misuse of testing in our public schools.

§  SP-2014-09 — OEA will form an advisory committee to expand and deepen our relationship with other labor groups and organizations. The committee would coordinate our efforts to support labor projects and initiatives necessary to promote and protect all workers in Ohio.

Delegates referred New Business Item SP-2014-04 to the OEA Legislative Committee: The OEA supports developing a strategy to strengthen Ohio Operating Standards 3301-35-05, Faculty and Staff Focus, (A) (4) to include the following service personnel: school counselor, library media specialist, school nurse, school social worker, art teacher, music teacher, and physical education teacher in accordance with OEA’s legislative policy, resolutions and/or standards.

What is the Representative Assembly?

The Representative Assembly (RA) is the policy-making body of the Association. The OEA RA meets semi-annually in the fall and spring in Columbus, OH to establish Association policies and objectives, elect officers, establish dues, adopt Association budget, adopt/evaluate a legislative program, act on resolutions, act on new business items and conduct necessary business. The RA is comprised of members who have been elected as delegates to represent their local associations. Any member is welcome to attend the OEA RA as a guest, but only duly elected and reported delegates may debate and vote according to OEA Constitution and Bylaws provisions or policy.

Future Representative Assembly Dates

NEA RA 2014
July 1-6, 2014
Denver, CO

OEA RA FALL 2014
December 6, 2014
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Battelle Grand
Columbus, OH

OEA RA SPRING 2015
May 8-9, 2015
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Ballrooms 1-2-3
Columbus, OH

 

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