Voices of Change was created by the OEA as a place where members, public education advocates, policymakers and others can exchange information and express their opinions on public education and related issues. So make your voice heard! We’re interested in what you have to say.

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OEA VP Scott DiMauro: Graduation Requirements & State Takeover

It is simply unfair and unreasonable to expect that students who are already half way through their high school careers should be expected to meet a whole new set of requirements for graduation.

The Hook of Standardization

By Matt Jablonski, Elyria EA | It is time for a change. My career has been devoted to the necessary, but misguided task of guiding students through a standardized system that has little relevance to life beyond high school.

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Silent Tears

By Tina Allen of the @ColumbusEA/OEA | I joined this profession to change lives, to educate, motivate and inspire. High-stakes testing almost took that away from me. The tears of a fourth grader reminded me what’s important.

Our Stories — #OvertestedOH #RedForEd

By Courtney Johnson, Columbus Education Association I love my Job! Yet, I felt complicit in a crime…. It is wrong to subject young people to this much testing…. I called my union. | #OvertestedOH #RedForEd

Power and Potential of Our Stories

By Julie Holderbaum, MinervaEA/OEA | The lessons I teach now are not what I enjoy teaching and they are not what their kids enjoy learning and frankly, it makes me sick. And I’m Not Alone | #OvertestedOH #RedForEd

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Moonlighting Educators

By Ty Tatman (Zane Trace EA) OEA Director | The average educator’s salary is below the living wage in more than half of America. As the burdens of the education profession grow larger and larger, it’s not fair to see educators having to work even more outside the classroom!

The School Report Card Sham

By Kevin Griffin of the @DublinEA, and the Central OEA Vice President | The state report cards have been around for several years. HB 70…. The real victims are our students.

Blog: The Antidote to Despair

By Julie Rine is an English Instructor and an Academic Challenge Advisor at Minerva High School, Minerva, Ohio.

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Vlog | Beyond the Classroom: Snuggled Up Inc.

Trisha Baxter, NorthridgeEA | By That Ohio Vibe — When Trisha learned that cold sleepless nights were a problem for half of the students in her class, she decided to do something about it by founding Snuggled Up, Inc. Now, the impact she’s making outside the school building is having a lifelong effect on her students, their families, and the community.

American Education Week — Keeping Students Safe & Secure

During American Education Week (Nov. 12-16, 2018), the OEA is taking the opportunity to raise awareness of, and to help eliminate the stigma of managing a disability or mental illness. To learn more about where OEA members collectively stand on the issues….

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