OEA Urges Lawmakers to Adopt More Comprehensive Charter School Reform
COLUMBUS – February 18, 2015 – OEA President Becky Higgins today urged members of the Ohio House Education Committee to adopt provisions that would close persistently failing charter schools and to revise the way in which charter schools are funded so that local public schools are not disadvantaged.
OEA Urges Lawmakers To Move Quickly To Address Problems Associated With Student Testing
COLUMBUS – February 12, 2015 – "OEA has been urging state lawmakers to go beyond the ‘safe harbor’ provisions that were signed into law last year that placed a one-year hold on high-stakes decisions based on test scores," says OEA President Becky Higgins. "OEA will continue to push hard for that to happen.”
OEA Reaction to Governor Kasich’s proposed budget
COLUMBUS – February 11, 2015 –"Any effort to increase funding to Ohio’s schools is a welcome development. However, like many lawmakers, we have questions about the basis for determining which districts are ‘needy’ and which districts have the ‘capacity’ to generate more local revenues for their schools."
Columbus Charter School Teachers Seek to Join OEA, Would Become First Unionized Charter School in Central Ohio
COLUMBUS – January 22, 2015 – Educators and staff at the Franklinton Preparatory Academy today informed management of their collective and historic decision to form their own union. The Franklinton Preparatory Academy Educators Association would be the first union at a central Ohio charter school and will be affiliated with the OEA.
OEA Reaction to the Ohio Department of Education Proposal to Reduce Testing
COLUMBUS – January 15, 2015 – The following statement is attributed to OEA President Becky Higgins: "The OEA welcomes the recommendations made today by Dr. Ross, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, on how student testing can be reduced. Seeking an overall reduction of 20% is a good start."
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.
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.”
The Ohio Education Association Recognizes American Education Week
COLUMBUS – November 17, 2014 – The following statement is attributed to Becky Higgins, president of the Ohio Education Association: We invite people across the state to join the Ohio Education Association and millions of Americans nationwide this week in honoring everyone who works in our state’s fine public schools and colleges.
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.
OEA welcomes the introduction of legislation to delay the use of high-stakes decisions based on student test scores
COLUMBUS — October 21, 2014 — OEA today applauded the introduction of House Bill 642 by Representative Teresa Fedor, D-Toledo. The bill calls for a 3-year suspension of high-stakes decisions based on student test scores in measuring student growth and evaluating teacher performance.
Comparative Analysis of Imagine Schools Shows Below Average Performance Scores
COLUMBUS— October 15, 2014 — Prompted by reports of questionable leasing practices, a new analysis conducted by the Ohio Charter School Accountability Project shows that the Imagine Schools have a below-average performance index score for charter schools, and a significantly lower average score than traditional public schools.
"KnowYourCharter.com" — New Website Provides Detailed Comparison of Charter and Traditional Public Schools; Improves Data Transparency
COLUMBUS — September 30, 2014 — OEA and Innovation Ohio today announced the launch of a new website for parents, taxpayers and educators that will allow detailed comparisons between charter schools and traditional public school districts, and improves transparency by aggregating relevant data at a single, easy-to-use website.
OEA launches iPhone and Android apps for advocacy and membership engagement
COLUMBUS – September 23, 2014 – OEA officially launched a mobile app for its members and the public to stay up-to-date on the latest news, events and advocacy campaigns affecting educators and students in Ohio. Purple Forge, a leader in providing mobile apps for associations, developed the application with the OEA.