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Keep House-passed Language on Repealing Flawed State Takeover Law

We like the approach taken by HB 154 to repeal HB 70 and restore local control, and which recently passed the House with strong bipartisan support (83-12). We urge the Senate to keep this budget language as part of HB 154.

Ohio Education Association Elects New President And Vice President

OEA elects two new officers: Scott DiMauro to a three-year term as President, and Jeff Wensing to a three-year term as Vice President. Both will take office on July 15, 2019.

OEA Applauds Passage of House Bill to Repeal State Takeover Law

The overwhelming support shown in the Ohio House of Representatives for House Bill 154 is a clear sign that the law that allows the state to takeover local school districts that are deemed to be in trouble is not working and needs to be repealed.

Columbus Teachers March Against Tax Breaks For Wealthy Corporations

“Today we sent a message, loud and clear, that we’re serious about winning the schools Columbus Students Deserve” said Regina Fuentes, teacher at Eastmoor Academy High School. “As front-line educators, we see firsthand how our students struggle without the learning conditions, staffing, resources, and supports they need to succeed.”

HB 154: Proponent Testimony – Becky Higgins

On behalf of our 122,000 members, I am Becky Higgins, President of the Ohio Education Association. The state takeover and the resulting loss of local control in Youngstown, Lorain and East Cleveland schools has not helped the students in those districts.

Two Ohio Schools Score 2019 California Casualty’s Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants

(April 2, 2019) Ohio Education Association partner California Casualty Insurance is pleased to announce the selection of two Ohio schools to receive the 2018-2019 California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant awards. Logan Hocking (Logan E.A.) and Newcomerstown (Newcomerstown T.A. …

OEA Statement on Cupp-Patterson Plan

Pres. Becky Higgins; “The current school funding formula is a patchwork of band-aids that does not provide adequate funding nor is it driven by what constitutes a high-quality education.”

OEA Applauds Governor’s Proposal to Expand Student Wrap-around Services

Ohio Education Association President Becky Higgins said she is encouraged by Governor Mike DeWine’s pledge to invest in Ohio’s public schools and to do what it takes to support the students they serve.

Praise For Governor’s State of the State Address

Ohio Education Association President Becky Higgins today offered warm words for Governor Mike DeWine’s first state of the state address.

Maysville Schools’ Support Professionals Vote to Unionize, Join OEA

Nearly 100 nonunion education support professionals of the Maysville Local School District voted to become an affiliate of the OEA. “Our primary reason for organizing is to secure fair working standards across the district,” said Maysville Classified Education Association spokesperson Gabriel Weatherspoon.

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