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The Sound of Silence … Worth the Consequences?

One of the first lessons a child learns in school is to listen and be quiet. Silence is often desired in schools, unless we ask for participation. But lately, I’m beginning to wonder if we are doing our students a …

Local Capacity

It takes all of us together to educate the child. And we all love what we do. We also know that whatever affects one is going to affect others, so we advocate and fight for our students and each other. …

OEA Locals Establishing Measurable Goals

The OEA Organizing Department has developed a Local Self-Assessment Tool that can aide your local in targeting crucial areas of growth.  Many locals have already begun to use this tool in order to assist them in strategic planning and goal …

Strong Local Associations

Sharing your experiences and learning from each other — learning the right things and sometimes the wrong things to do — is easily done when you’re part of the network the Association offers.

Perceptions and Procedures

Lessons from the 2017 NEA RA Anyone who reads social media related to the OEA/NEA can see that the perception of some of our colleagues is that OEA/NEA isn’t doing enough about certain issues, or worse, isn’t listening to members’ …

Collective Bargaining

Without collective bargaining, we can’t advocate for our students’ learning conditions and our working conditions. Being involved in OEA gives us the resources to do that. We believe in public education, we support each other, and, most importantly, we always …

The Value of Membership

Members tell their stories of why they value OEA membership. By being a member of OEA, educators have the power to stand up for their students. OEA is an advocate for high quality public education for all students.

Is Revised RESA a Reason to Rejoice?

Part II of II: Teacher Perspectives on the Resident Educator Summative Assessment Read Part I: My Marathon Swim Through RESA by Dan Greenberg, Sylvania Education Association I’m getting to a place where I can look back nostalgically on twenty years …

Medicaid keeps many Ohio public school students healthy

by Becky Higgins, OEA President They have books, pencils and a backpack.  But will Ohio’s public school students continue to have health care? Maybe or maybe not.  It depends on what Congress and the President decide to do about Medicaid. …

Ohio Issue 2 Analysis

What would Ohio Issue 2 do? Wondering what to make of the Drug Price Relief Act that’s on this year ballot as Issue 2? Issue 2 would require the state and state agencies, including the Ohio Department of Medicaid, to …

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