OEA urges Senate Lawmakers to Ease the Financial Burden on Local School Districts in Charter School Reform Bill
COLUMBUS – May 20, 2015 – In testimony today before members of the Ohio Senate Finance-Education Subcommittee, the Ohio Education Association said the current system of paying for students who choose to attend charter schools is unfair to too many school districts. Under the current “pass through” funding system, school districts are required to subsidize the difference between the full per-pupil charter school deduction ($5,800 in 2014-15) and the lower per-pupil state aid a district actually receives.
Tipp City Educators Vote to Form a Union
COLUMBUS – March 18, 2015 – On Wednesday March 18, educators in the Tipp City School District voted overwhelmingly to establish the Tipp City Education Association and to become members of the Ohio Education Association. The elections were conducted through the State Employee Relations Board.
The Ohio Education Association Says Changes to Current Testing Mandates Are Urgently Needed
COLUMBUS – March 10, 2015 – OEA President Becky Higgins today urged members of the Ohio Senate Education Committee to reduce the amount of time being spent preparing for and taking tests, and to extend to 3 years a moratorium on high-stakes decisions based on student test scores.
Columbus Charter School Teachers Vote to Unionize
COLUMBUS – March 5, 2015 – Teachers at Franklinton Preparatory Academy, a Columbus charter school, voted today to form a union in an election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The victory is contingent on the outcome of NLRB hearings on several uncounted ballots, but the union is confident.
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.”