As an organization, we believe that all students, regardless of zip code, deserve a quality education that inspires their natural curiosity, imagination and desire to learn. Turning this vision into a reality requires teamwork and a dedication to change at the local level where those who know students the best – educators in classrooms and communities – lead the Continue Reading
If we are going to build the schools our students deserve, we must have coordinated organizing and bargaining around the common good. OEA's Organizing and Bargaining summit will pull leadership teams from across the state together to network and plan around bargaining, professional practice, political action and more.
When and Where:
January 27, 2017, Evening Social 7:00 pm - Continue Reading
Did you know that the Oregon Political Tax Credit allows Oregonians to make one $50 contribution per year to a political organization of their choice and get the full amount back on their taxes ($100 for joint filers)?
Thanks in large part to Continue Reading
With major political shifts on the horizon for public education, your advocacy on behalf of your students is needed now more than ever. Join us for the first Legislative Engagement Training & Lobby Day of the 2017 Legislative Session, and learn best practices for using your experience to support public education policies.
Monday, February 20, 2017 Continue Reading
It's time to honor our amazing education colleagues and union leaders - nominations are now open for the 2017 OEA Representative Assembly awards! Nominations must be received no later than 5 p.m., Monday, January 30, 2017.
Each year OEA recognizes the efforts and achievements of Association members and individuals outside the organization who contribute greatly to public Continue Reading
Taking Steps Toward Common Good & Collective Action
1. Respond immediately and systemically: Do not wait or second guess. Come together as a school community and work intentionally and comprehensively to immediately respond to issues of Continue Reading
In late November, President-elect Donald Trump nominated Betsy DeVos to the position of Secretary of Education - the nation's top post for setting the direction of public education in our country.
So, who is Betsy DeVos? She's a billionaire and conservative mega-donor who has no classroom experience, and whose work in public education consists mainly of efforts Continue Reading
In the world post-election, schools across Oregon are reporting a rise in attacks based on race, color, religion and sexual orientation. The Oregon Education Association is resolute in our belief that all students and educators have the right to attend schools free from discrimination, intimidation, harassment and bullying. To that end, OEA leaders and staff would Continue Reading
"Now more than ever, we must double our resolve to bring people together and focus on building a future for all Americans where their dreams outweigh their fears and hope smothers anger and hate. We are stronger together and we will never give up on what we hold dear."
— NEA President Lily Eskelsen García
On the day following the shocking results of the 2016 Continue Reading
Do you sometimes feel alone in the challenges facing your students? Do you want to encourage your state, district, and school to move in the right direction?
Luckily, right now, Oregon is working to develop plans to implement the new education law (ESSA), which will go into effect next year. If you're wondering how to share your ideas and opinions to make a Continue Reading
Nomination packets are now available for OEA President, OEA Vice President, NEA Director, OEA Board of Directors, and NEA RA State Delegates.
Nomination packets include information on what to include and how to submit nomination packets.
For OEA Board Directors and NEA RA State Delegates
DEADLINE: Received or postmarked by January 17, 2016
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A new federal law as extensive as the Every Student Succeeds Act generates additional rules, regulations, and guidance to help school and education leaders across the country understand the nearly 1,100 page law. The U.S. Department of Education has been publishing guidance extensively over the past few weeks.
Most of the guidance is directed at state education Continue Reading
Educators Urge Investing in Schools Through Measure 97
Oregon classes are among the most crowded in the nation, according to a report issued by the Department of Education. The report shows the median class size in Oregon is 25.0, the same as the previous year. The student teacher ratio is 23.3, up from 23.1 the previous year.
“The situation in Oregon schools is Continue Reading
With less than four weeks remaining until Election Day 2016, the countdown is on to get engaged in our campaign to build a Better Oregon. Measure 97 is a proposal to better fund Oregon's schools, health care and senior services by increasing the minimum tax for large and out-of-state corporations with more than $25 million in annual Oregon sales.
Why does it Continue Reading
The Center for Great Public Schools is pleased to welcome Karen Hoffman to our team. Karen recently joined OEA as the Professional Practice Organizer for the center, and a key priority for her new position is to support local associations organize around the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA.
The center defines professional practice organizing as identifying Continue Reading
The Every Student Succeeds Act restores decision making about schools back into the hands of those who know students best – teachers, parents and families, and students themselves.
ESSA specifically calls for local and state education agencies to consult with, involve and partner with a wide range of groups that includes teachers, paraeducators, families, Continue Reading
Celebrate this Civil Rights Hero with upcoming events in Portland and Hood River
Vision and Vigilance: An excerpted play reading from “Citizen Min” by Holly Yasui and a Community Dialogue
When: October 9, 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 (noon) PM
Where: Portland Center Stage, Ellen Bye Theatre Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW Eleventh Ave, Portland, Continue Reading
Oregon Education Association (OEA), Oregon PTA, AFT Oregon Release Decades of Disinvestment: The State of School Funding in Oregon
Over the course of the last two decades investment in Oregon’s public schools has declined to a point where independent rankings place Oregon schools near the bottom in the nation for school funding.
Students head back to school facing significant health risks
Oregon PTA, Children First for Oregon and the Oregon Education Association (OEA) are calling on the state to address $7.6 billion in deferred maintenance costs. In a report released today, these groups site numerous examples where continued disinvestment has exposed children in Oregon’s public schools Continue Reading
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