The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) returns decision making for our nation’s education back where it belongs – in the hands of local educators, families, and communities – while keeping our focus on students most in need.
Unlike its predecessor, No Child Left Behind, ESSA will look different from state to state, district to district, and school to school. This move away from a Continue Reading
Oregon Educators Concerned for Students’ Safety as Trump Rescinds Protections for Transgender Students
On Feb. 22, the Trump Administration released a new plan rescinding federal guidance to protect transgender students from discrimination. In response, the Oregon Education Association reiterated its commitment to protecting the civil rights of our LGBTQ students Continue Reading
Later this month, the U.S. Senate will take a vote on the confirmation of Besty DeVos as Secretary of Education. DeVos is a dangerously unqualified candidate who has spent decades working to dismantle public education.
This is troubling news for educators in our public schools and for the hundreds of thousands of students in Oregon who Continue Reading
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
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)?
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 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."
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.
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
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
Ads capture educator’s passion for their work; commitment to their students
As students across the state prepare to go back-to-school, some may see a familiar face or two in a series of ads debuting today. The emotional, unscripted television ads from the Oregon Education Association (OEA) feature Oregon educators, students and parents talking about their Continue Reading
What is the opportunity you have in your school district to take action for your students? That was the overarching message at a three day Every Student Succeeds Act workshop for Pacific region educators, led by the National Education Association.
From June 21-23, more than 150 educators from seven western states and Oklahoma – including more than 50 Oregon Continue Reading
Oregon teachers have cause to celebrate. The Every Student Succeeds Act, the update to the 1964 Elementary and Secondary Education Act, eliminates the Highly Qualified Teacher requirement of its predecessor, No Child Left Behind.
What this means for Title 1 schools in Oregon is that starting now, teachers do not have to meet the overly burdensome requirements of the federal Continue Reading
The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has presented educators around the country with an amazing opportunity to take the lead in our profession and determine how the next generation of students and teachers will experience public education.
No Child Left Behind put educators in a position where we had to follow the lead of the federal government. Continue Reading