She has helped OEA achieve the landmark school funding and education reform legislation of House Bill 1, signed into law in 2009. In 2010, Ohio received the prestigious Frank Newman Award for State Innovation from the Education Commission of the States for that legislative achievement. In addition, she has pushed for education funding through the American Re-investment and Recovery Act and strongly endorsed Ohio’s successful bid for $400 million in Race to the Top funding.
Under her leadership, OEA has worked to reauthorize and improve the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). OEA has worked with other organizations to elect members to the state retirement systems, and the state became a partner in the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.
Patricia represents the OEA on several NEA groups and committees, including the NEA Dropout Prevention Task Force, Collective Bargaining Professional Development, ESEA Advisory Committee, the Coalition for Public Education, the Transformational Dialogue for Public Education and Support Ohio Schools, a consulting and advisory group advocating for local school revenues. Additionally, she serves on the boards of the Ohio Appalachian Educator Institute, Education Voters and the Education Commission of the States. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Women.
Patricia has assisted, coordinated and worked with locals to close achievement gaps and to increase graduation rates. She has led the way to building strong effective partnerships and coalitions across the state. Patricia has also established ad hoc task forces to address the unique educational needs of members. One of her favorite causes is Read Across America, a national reading program for children, in which she visits schools around Ohio.
Under her leadership, the OEA adopted two priority goals: To preserve public funding and to preserve the economic security of members. These goals have focused the OEA’s work on numerous reform efforts. Patricia will continue to provide strategic leadership that keeps the Association and its members moving forward through empowerment and advocacy.
Patricia’s efforts on behalf of the OEA have strengthened the Association as Ohio’s largest professional union and as a leader in innovation in public education, including her participation in the NEA Foundation – Institute for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.