Current Legislative Alerts and Updates
Ask Your State Representative to Support SB 229 (R-Gardner), Legislation that Would Reduce the Academic Growth Factor on Teacher Evaluations
After being passed by the Ohio Senate in a unanimous vote (33-0), Senate Bill (SB) 229 received its first hearing (sponsor testimony) in the Ohio House Education Committee, on February 12, 2014. The OEA strongly supports SB 229 as part of ongoing efforts to make progress on addressing various concerns with Ohio’s Teacher Evaluation System (OTES). Click here to take action and send a letter to your Representative, urging them to pass Senate Bill 229.
Urge your Senator to Oppose House Bill 8 - The Wrong Approach to School Safety
On January 22, 2014, the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 8 (Roegner, Kunze) by a vote of 63-29. OEA strongly opposes the legislation that seeks to exclude from collective bargaining the development and implementation of a protocol for the designation of school employees who may carry concealed weapons. The bill also would allow school boards to enter into executive session to designate which employees may carry concealed handguns and prohibits the disclosure of those names to parents, school employees and members of the public. Additionally, the bill requires the Ohio Attorney General to adopt training curriculum, but falls short of mandating that local school boards utilize the curriculum. Click here to send a letter to your Senator today!