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In the Aftermath of Charlottesville

The violence in Charlottesville, Virginia this past week  — the…

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Freedom Foundation (Choice for Teachers) Launches New Campaign in Oregon

We've learned that the anti-union Freedom Foundation has once…

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Innovative Ideas Receive Recognition from OEA

Oregon Education Association is proud to support educators who go…

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Trump Budget Hurts Oregon Students

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Trump proposes to cut after-school programs, educator development, and financial aid for students

Donald Trump’s proposed budget would make drastic cuts to programs Oregon students rely upon, including slashing investments in federal education programs by $9.2 billion in the upcoming fiscal year. The cuts would impact nearly all aspects of our education system, Continue Reading

Courageous Conversations

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At every level, OEA Members Are Working to End Institutional Racism for our Students, Educators, and the Collective Whole   

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of Today's OEA magazine.

By Meg Krugel

She was in the seventh grade.

Her teacher had told her they would be studying African American history in class, and she was thrilled. For the Continue Reading

ESSA Around the Nation

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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

OEA members pledge to protect rights of our LGBTQ students

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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

Using ESSA to Protect Schools and Students

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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

OEA launches Educator-Led Improvement Toolkit

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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

Five Steps for Responding to Bullying & Fear

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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

Report the Hate

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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

Ensuring Safe, Welcoming, and Bias-free Schools

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"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

Dispelling Title I Myths

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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

Ready. Set. Organize!

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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

Local Decision Making Under ESSA

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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

New Report Shows Oregon Schools Falling Behind

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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.

Download the report: Decades of Continue Reading

Teaching is Love

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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

Getting ESSA Right

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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

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