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Average Classroom Educators
Dear So-called Average Teacher

Guest Blog By Julie Holderbaum, Minerva EA/OEA | Now that summer is here and you have time to breathe and reflect on the school year that just ended, maybe you’re feeling that your year was just, well, average. We don’t always see, in immediate hindsight, the seeds that we have planted and the impact that we have had…

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STRS Board Adopts New Funding Policy Amendments

Additionally, at OEA’s urging, the Board adopted a change that at an 85% funding level or greater, the Board may consider changes in the plan that do not materially impair the fiscal integrity of the system. OEA supports this change and supports restoration of COLA benefits as well as a reduction in employee contribution rates as financial conditions improve.

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House Bill 239 Could be Antidote for ‘Test Distress’

By OEA Pres. Becky Higgins — The Testing Reduction Act (House Bill 239) sponsored by Reps. Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville, and Erica Crawley, D-Columbus, is bipartisan legislation that makes important changes to Ohio law to reduce state-required testing. OEA strongly supports this legislation.

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When Anxiety Over Takes a Test

Guest Blog | My son is an excellent student who is high achiever…I do know that he verbally and physically showed signs of severe stress in the weeks up to taking the tests that spring. But what his teacher who was proctoring the test told me left me heartbroken for him.

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Computerized Testing — A Revolution That Wasn’t

Guest Blog By Kim Snyder, OEA/Wadsworth E.A. | “We have now lived through the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT), the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA), the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) — and now, the worst of them all — the AIR tests.Imagine what we could do with at least a month added back to our teaching plans.”

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The Dreaded “T” Word….

Guest Blog by Samantha Muniz , United E.A. | We used to meet the week of the Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT) with some trepidation. But now we meet the MONTH of testing with absolute and utter dread. Dread for the amount of time it takes to prepare for “the tests,

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HB 154: Proponent Testimony – Becky Higgins

April 9, 2019 | On behalf of our 122,000 members, I am Becky Higgins, President of the OEA. “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.”

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House Bill 166: House Finance Primary & Secondary Education Subcommittee Testimony

April 9, 2019 | OEA VP Scott DiMauro testifies about the Cupp/Patterson Bill to the House Finance Primary & Secondary Education Subcommittee: “We remain concerned that HB 166 retains a school funding methodology that is not driven by what constitutes a high-quality education.”

I Don’t Wanna Go to School!

Guest Blog | Sarah Boss, Western Reserve EA | …Her biggest fear was not the test. She said to me, “Mom, I can’t sit still for that long. I’m not allowed to get up and I can’t sit still!”

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Why I Ran for Office

Guest Blog | By Molly Wassmuth, Westerville E.A. | The 2016 presidential election…it did not turn out the way I had hoped or worked for, despite the fact that I donated, canvassed and phone-banked. Did I do enough?

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