Every day OEA works to improve public education for our students and our members. Our strength lies in collective action. With over 122,000 members, we can affect policy to improve public education for students and the educators who serve them. Letters, emails, petitions, and phone calls from you often make the crucial difference.
The State Takeover law still removes local control of public schools and denies collective bargaining rights for educators based on biased and misleading state report cards.
The Senate-passed budget bill (House Bill 166) includes new long-term graduation requirements based on a plan put forward by Ohio Excels. OEA opposes this plan as currently written as it has an overly rigid reliance on high-stakes testing. Take Action with this sample to tell your legislators to get graduation right for Ohio’s students.
This is our last chance to advocate for the inclusion of the House-passed HB 154 ADC language in the state budget bill. TAKE ACTION by adapting the sample letter provided.
The Senate’s substitute bill includes several provisions related to the EdChoice voucher program that serve to expand the eligibility, availability, and cost of vouchers. OEA opposes these changes. OEA believes these funds would be better applied to the approximately 90% of students who attend Ohio’s local public schools.
Important legislation was recently introduced to address over-testing of Ohio’s students. The listed State Representatives support this bill and is one of the cosponsors! Please take time say “thank you” by clicking here.
As educators, we’re greatly concerned about the amount of testing that Ohio’s students endure. Excessive testing has led to a loss of instructional time in the classroom and lost educational opportunities for students. Urge your legislators to support the bipartisan legislation HB 239 — the Testing Reduction Act.
According to The Columbus Dispatch, 87% of the students attending charter schools in Ohio are in a charter school that is graded D or F by the state. Despite that sorry record, they continue to drain needed resources from local public schools. Join educators, administrators and parents across Ohio in urging state lawmakers to change the way in which charter schools are funded so that local taxpayers no longer have to foot any part of the bill.