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Power to Our Students

The Summer 2015 edition of Today's OEA is now available! In this…

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Applauding the passage of HB 2655

On June 11, the Oregon Senate passed HB 2655, the Student…

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Turning the Tide on Assessment

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Thank a Teacher

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Teachers give us so much. A boost of confidence when we really need one. Extra help when we’re having trouble. A welcoming presence when everything else seems out of control. And though we know we can’t ever thank them enough, we can take a moment during National Teacher Appreciation Week to share our appreciation for the special educators in our lives.

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It’s Time to Invest in Oregon

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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.

Years later, we’re still seeing the effects of those Continue Reading

Take the SBAC Practice Test Challenge!

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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

Members Honored at 2015 OEA-RA

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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

2015 OEA Summer Conference

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2015 OEA Summer Conference: Organizing for the Schools Our Students Deserve!

July 28-30, 2015

This year’s Summer Leadership Conference will be held at Sunriver Resort, just outside of Bend. We will be staying in beautiful condos with kitchens and living rooms.  These accommodations will enhance your local team’s ability to strategize the next steps of our Continue Reading

State Schools Fund Levels Poster

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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

What are OEA’s priorities this Session?

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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

Tell Congress: Get it Right on ESEA Reauthorization

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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

OEA’s Organizing Summit

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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.

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2015 OEA Representative Assembly

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2015 OEA Representative Assembly

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.

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OEA Member’s Letter to the Editor: Standardized Testing

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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

Fair Shot for All

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Building a Better Oregon

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.

The coalition’s priorities include:

  • Raising the minimum wage;
  • Ensuring all Oregonians earn paid sick days;
  • Ending Continue Reading

OEA President Speaks Out On Assessments

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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.

OEA Members Storm the Capitol!

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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

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