Waverly student wins Ohio Education Association Black History Month essay contest
COLUMBUS—March 27, 2014—Noah Clifton, a fourth-grade student at Waverly Intermediate Elementary School, is the 2014 winner of the Ohio Education Association (OEA) Black History Month essay contest that asked students “What Freedom Means to me as we honor Black History Month.”
Cat-a-Van Reading Tour Hits the Road to Get Kids Reading, Brushing
WASHINGTON — February 20, 2014 — The Cat in the Hat is back in Ohio, and he’s revving up his engines to get kids excited about reading—and brushing their teeth! This year’s official Read Across America celebrations will start in Seuss-tastic style when NEA’s Cat-a-Van Reading Tour hits the road on February 24 with stops in Ohio.
OEA Announces Endorsements
Columbus — February 3, 2014 — The Ohio Education Association Fund for Children and Public Education (OEA-FCPE) announced its endorsements for the November 2014 statewide elections. The OEA FCPE State Council carefully screens candidates based on their voting records, and their support of public education.
Ohio Education Association adopts school safety policy
COLUMBUS — December 10, 2013 — Delegates at the Ohio Education Association Fall Representative Assembly voted overwhelmingly this past weekend to adopt a new legislative policy stating that teachers and other school employees should not be asked to serve a dual role as educators and school safety personnel armed with weapons.
Ohio Education Association urges education stakeholders to de-emphasize standardized tests
COLUMBUS — December 7, 2013 — Delegates at the Ohio Education Association Fall Representative Assembly reflected the widespread concern among educators that the state is relying too much on standardized testing in evaluating student and teacher performances when they overwhelmingly voted to urge Ohio’s education stakeholders ...
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.
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.”