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ESSA Around the Nation

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) returns decision making for…

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OEA members pledge to protect rights of our LGBTQ students

Oregon Educators Concerned for Students’ Safety as Trump Rescinds…

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2017 Legislative Engagement Training and Lobby Day

Feb. 20, 2017

With major political shifts on the horizon for public education,…

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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

Ways & Means Roadshow Kicks Off 2017 Session

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Members of the 2017 Ways & Means Committee are hosting a series of statewide public hearings, seeking input from community members. Join OEA members and attend an event in your region, so that our legislators can hear directly from you about what our schools need in order to ensure every student, regardless of zip code, has the support, tools and learning time 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

Why DeVos Isn’t Fit to Lead

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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

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

Building Strong Oregon Schools through ESSA

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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

2017 Election Materials

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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
Received or postmarked by January 17, 2016

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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

The Countdown to Election Begins!

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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

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

Celebrate Minoru Yasui, An Oregonian Civil Rights Hero

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Celebrate this Civil Rights Hero with upcoming events in Portland and Hood River

For Portland:

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

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

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