Nearly a year ago, OEA kicked off the Class Size Campaign. Since then, thousands of educators have told their stories about how the disinvestment in public education is negatively impacting our students and the future of our state every day.
We haven’t just told our stories. We’ve mobilized and engaged members at unprecedented levels. Through Continue Reading
On Friday, March 7 the Oregon Legislative Assembly concluded its work for the 2014 Session. Even though it was a short session, a lot of good work was done that will make a real difference in Oregon classrooms.
A few important examples:
A big win for educators, parents and students is the passage of House Bill 4150, which clarifies the intent Continue Reading
From attending the OEA-PIE convention, where delegates works to elect pro-education candidates to public office, to OEA’s Symposium on Transformation in Public Education — there are lots of (low-cost or free!) opportunities for educators.
Head over to the OEA Events page to find out more information about these not-be-missed opportunities. Have Continue Reading
OEA-PIE works to elect pro-education candidates to public office. The 2014 OEA-PIE convention helps decide Oregon’s future leaders — and the direction of public education.
Materials are now available for download, such as the 2014 Proxy Form, 2013 OEA-PIE Convention Everything Booklet, and the Candidate Questionnaire Booklet. For more information Continue Reading
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Just sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to the OEA Foundation at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number 85681.
For more information, download a flyer Continue Reading
For Up-to-Date information on local association bargaining, click here.
OEA SYMPOSIUM ON TRANSFORMATION IN PUBLIC EDUCATION
BRIDGING OPPORTUNITY AND ACHIEVEMENT — WORKING TOGETHER TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY
POVERTY has a profound influence on student achievement. How do we work together across school communities to meet the learning needs of students in poverty, and empower each and every Continue Reading
Oregon Education Leaders Announce Upcoming Teaching and Learning Conditions Survey
ODE, OEA, and COSA say TELL Survey will inform education policy decisions
Oregon Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton, Oregon Education Association President Hanna Vaandering, and Confederation of Oregon School Administrators Executive Continue Reading
Dear Oregon PERS Retirees,
The Oregon Legislature passed SB 822 during the 2013 Legislative Session that will impact you as an out-of-state resident. Many of you have received a recent letter from PERS informing you that you are no longer entitled to a tax remedy as a result of your out of state residency. You can read more on the PERS website at www.oregon.gov/pers. This Continue Reading
The OEA family stands with the people of South Africa and around the globe in mourning the loss and honoring the life of Nelson Mandela. In his own words, Mandela's wisdom serves as a guidepost for all of us: “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine Continue Reading
Feds Say Oregon’s Leadership on Teacher Quality is ‘High-Risk’.' Are They Right?
Recently, the Federal government told education leaders in Oregon it’s sticking with its warning, first issued this past August, that Oregon is at ‘high risk’ of having our state’s ESEA waiver revoked.
When Oregon first applied for a waiver from the No Child Left Continue Reading
The following positions are open for nomination for the 2014 elections:
Elected at OEA RA:
Region I Vice President: 1 position for a 2-year term
Region II Vice President: 1 position for a 2-year term
Region III Vice President: 1 position for a 2-year term
NEA Director: 1 position for a 3-yr term (term begins Sept)
Elected by Mail Ballot:
State Delegates to the NEA RA Continue Reading
The year 2013 not only saw the regularly scheduled Oregon Legislative session, but also a Special Session called by Governor Kitzhaber. Through both sessions, lawmakers saw the economy improve, increased their investment in K-12 schools, reduced retirement benefits for educators and retirees, and approved a number of key policy bills that impact Continue Reading
This fall, only 23 percent of local school bond elections were approved by voters (and one is still in recount territory) and 50 percent of local option levies were successful.
Thank you to the many OEA members and other public education supporters who worked hard to urge your community's voters to invest in your local schools!
Go here to see Continue Reading
Recently OEA's local leaders came together in our first President's tele-town hall to OEA's Class Size Campaign. Leaders received an update on the campaign's efforts - both statewide and on local levels. They engaged in asking questions, providing valuable feedback, sharing ideas and telling their own experience of how the class size campaign is Continue Reading
OEA’s Union School Powerful Locals program
These are challenging times for education professionals and our local associations. There are fewer resources, more expectations and more problematic regulations facing our public schools and community colleges. The result: overworked teachers, faculty and support professionals facing overcrowded Continue Reading
UPDATE as of Sept. 27, 2013: Click here to read the PERS bills that the legislature is considering during the 2013 Special Session. Bennett, Harman, Morris & Kaplan LLC has provided an updated analysis on SB 822's challenge here.
On July 1, 2013, on behalf of the PERS Coalition and its members, Bennett, Hartman, Morris & Kaplan LLP filed a challenge to Senate Bill 822 Continue Reading
OEA NEA Leaders for Tomorrow program will train both current and future ESP leaders in leadership attitudes, skills and knowledge that will enhance their ability to be a visible, vocal advocate at the local, state and national levels of the OEA NEA.
The program is a four session training process held over a nine month period that is open to dues Continue Reading
It's that time of year again! Your 2013-2014 OEA Membership Materials are available and ready for distribution. If you missed out on receiving your OEA calendar book and membership folder, contact your local UniServ office.
If you prefer to download the OEA Calendar to your personal computer or smartphone, you'll find options for exporting the Continue Reading
Oregon educators joined their colleagues from across the nation in Atlanta during the first week of July to supercharge the drive for public education and student success.
At the National Education Association's Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly, a day focused on professional rejuvenation and educator empowerment with the kick-off of the Continue Reading