Taking Steps Toward Common Good & Collective Action
In late November, President-elect Donald Trump nominated Betsy DeVos to the position of Secretary of Education - the nation's top post for setting the direction of public education in our country.
So, who is Betsy DeVos? She's a billionaire and conservative mega-donor who has no classroom experience, and whose work in public education consists mainly of efforts 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."
— NEA President Lily Eskelsen García
On the day following the shocking results of the 2016 Continue Reading
Do you sometimes feel alone in the challenges facing your students? Do you want to encourage your state, district, and school to move in the right direction?
Luckily, right now, Oregon is working to develop plans to implement the new education law (ESSA), which will go into effect next year. If you're wondering how to share your ideas and opinions to make a Continue Reading
Nomination packets are now available for OEA President, OEA Vice President, NEA Director, OEA Board of Directors, and NEA RA State Delegates.
Nomination packets include information on what to include and how to submit nomination packets.
For OEA Board Directors and NEA RA State Delegates
DEADLINE: Received or postmarked by January 17, 2016
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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
Educators Urge Investing in Schools Through Measure 97
Oregon classes are among the most crowded in the nation, according to a report issued by the Department of Education. The report shows the median class size in Oregon is 25.0, the same as the previous year. The student teacher ratio is 23.3, up from 23.1 the previous year.
“The situation in Oregon schools is Continue Reading
With less than four weeks remaining until Election Day 2016, the countdown is on to get engaged in our campaign to build a Better Oregon. Measure 97 is a proposal to better fund Oregon's schools, health care and senior services by increasing the minimum tax for large and out-of-state corporations with more than $25 million in annual Oregon sales.
Why does it Continue Reading
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
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
Celebrate this Civil Rights Hero with upcoming events in Portland and Hood River
Vision and Vigilance: An excerpted play reading from “Citizen Min” by Holly Yasui and a Community Dialogue
When: October 9, 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 (noon) PM
Where: Portland Center Stage, Ellen Bye Theatre Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW Eleventh Ave, Portland, Continue Reading
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.
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
Parents & Teachers Together, a project of OEA, is working on a video story telling project and we want to hear from you. We are asking parents, teachers, and students from across Oregon to send in short video interviews. We have a brief interview guide with sample questions but we also welcome your creative additions.
We will use the individual videos to build a Continue Reading
The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) brought an end to the test-and-punish era of No Child Left Behind and opened the door to a more balanced approach to assessment. ESSA allows for states to craft statewide summative tests that draw on portfolios, performance assessments, and projects.
The Oregon Education Association wants to seize upon this 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
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