The Summer 2015 edition of Today's OEA is now available!
In this issue's cover story, "Power to Our Students," our members tell their stories about how the implementation of the Smarter Balanced Assessment is going this year, how the opt-out movement has impacted their reality as both teachers and parents, and what a better system ofassessment might entail.
On June 11, the Oregon Senate passed HB 2655, the Student Assessment Bill of Rights. The Bill recognizes students and their parents as important stakeholders in the assessment process and improves transparency around the assessment process for students and educators. This bill also establishes one of the most parent friendly opt-out bills in the nation, ensuring Continue Reading
On the morning of May 12, 2015, the Senate passed HB 2680, which will soon move to the Governor’s desk for signing. The following statement can be attributed to Oregon Education Association President Hanna Vaandering:
“Today the Oregon Senate took one of the most important steps in moving us down a new path toward a better system of assessment. By passing HB2680 the Continue Reading
The Wholistic Peace Institute (WPI) Announces the 7th Annual Harold Schnitzer Spirit of Unity Awards
“It is not enough to teach children how to read, write, and count. Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the worlds in which we live, and help people forge more just, inclusive and peaceful societies”. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon
Today, April 30, 2015, the Oregon Supreme Court reaffirmed that the state must fulfill its contractual pension promises. Educators, fire fighters, nurses, public safety officers and thousands of other front-line public workers in Oregon can rest easier now, knowing that their contractual pension benefits are secure.
The recession hit Oregon hard. As thousands lost their jobs, tax revenues declined and the state had to make painful cuts to schools and critical services. Thousands of educators were laid off and class sizes ballooned, and programs failed to keep up with the growing needs of seniors and the most vulnerable.
Legislators were recently issued a challenge by OEA members: we asked them to take the Smarter Balanced practice test, the closest thing that comes to the one our children have been taking throughout the state over the past six weeks.
Why? There has been growing concern about the harmful impact this standardized test has on our students and schools. Have Continue Reading
OEA Honors Outstanding Members and Supporters of Public Education
During the 2015 OEA Representative Assembly, more than 600 member delegates gathered to conduct Association business, elect officers, and honor fellow members for their service to the OEA and to Oregon's public schools and community colleges. Check out OEA's gallery of OEA-RA photos for pictures of Continue Reading
Over this past year, Oregon educators have been sounding the alarm on the harmful impacts of high-stakes standard assessments on students, and the need for Oregon to find a better way to support student learning.
How will potential 2015-17 State School Fund Levels impact the future of Oregon's students?
A new poster, published by the OEA and our partners at COSA, OAESD, Oregon ASBO, Oregon PTA, OSEA, OSBA, and the Promise of Oregon, gives a stunning visual representation to the impacts of proposed State School Fund levels on our students and their schools. The poster is Continue Reading
The 2015 Oregon Legislative Session is in full swing, and OEA is working closely with legislators on behalf of you, your students, and the issues you know are so important to our public schools and community colleges. Curious to know what OEA's main priorities are this Legislative session? Head over to our Legislative page, where you'll find a detailed summary of Continue Reading
We have an enormous opportunity on our hands to make serious changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)/so-called No child Left Behind.
Both the House and Senate are now fully underway in the most serious effort to rewrite the law since the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)/so-called No child Left Behind passage in 2002. This means Continue Reading
Thank you to the nearly 100 participants who took part in OEA's first annual Organizing Summit, March 13-15 in Eugene, Ore. We are inspired by the incredible work and dedication of our attendees and look forward to mobilizing the skills we learned to win the revenue we need to fully fund public education and create the Schools Our Students Deserve.
Oregon educators, concerned parents, and involved community members are leading the way to put the focus back on teaching and learning. The information provided on this page will help you engage parents and teachers in your community. Together we can create the schools our students and children deserve.
OEA's Representative Assembly (OEA RA) is the largest deliberative body of union members in Oregon, averaging more than 600 member-delegates each year. This year's OEA RA starts the evening of April 17 and goes through the evening of April 18, 2015 at the Red Lion Hotel on the River, Jantzen Beach.
Teacher, local president and OEA Board Member Kelvin Calkins submitted this Letter to the Editor to his local newspaper, the Hood River News, on Jan. 14, 2015. It is an excellent example of how to advocate for your students outside the classroom in your own community! If you would like help writing your own LTE on issues of importance to our public schools, contact the OEA Continue Reading
Earlier this month, community and labor organizations from across Oregon launched Fair Shot for All, a new coalition that is supporting solutions to create economic opportunity for Oregon’s working families.
During a recent screening of the film Standardized and community panel on high-stakes standardized testing in Eugene, OEA President Hanna Vaandering spoke out on the importance of taking back our profession as educators and fighting for the schools our students deserve. Listen to her remarks and join her in this work.
On Monday, Jan. 12, more than 250 OEA members traveled to Salem to prepare for the 2015 Legislative Session. The day started with a training at the Salem Convention Center on pressing issues coming up in the 2015 Session, and provided members an opportunity to practice networking skills and sharing of their classroom stories. In the afternoon, OEA members moved to Continue Reading