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In Senate Testimony, Ohio Education Association Urges Lawmakers to Prioritize Health and Safety in School Re-Opening Plans

[May 19, 2020] Ohio Education Association (OEA) President Scott DiMauro today urged members of the Senate Finance Committee to ensure the safety of students, educators, support staff, and community members as new policies are created to move forward in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Schools will and should reopen when public health standards can be met. When that happens, we look forward to welcoming our students to a more equitable, safe and dynamic learning environment that meets the promise of public education that all students, parents, families and educators deserve,” DiMauro said.

DiMauro’s full testimony is available for reading at this link.

OEA has also provided advice to the Ohio Department of Education to help craft plans to safely re-open schools. OEA believes any decision on re-opening schools next year must be driven by guidance from public health officials, and any plan should include input from educators through local collective bargaining agreements and should provide flexibility to meet the needs of local school districts.

OEA represents 122,000 teachers, faculty members and support professionals who work in Ohio’s schools, colleges, and universities to help improve public education and the lives of Ohio’s children. OEA members provide professional services to benefit students, schools and the public in virtually every position needed to run Ohio’s schools.

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