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Oct. 20-21, 2017

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Increasing Number of Opt Outs Provide an Opportunity to Rethink Standardized Testing

Decreasing participation in standardized testing provides an…

Increasing Number of Opt Outs Provide an Opportunity to Rethink Standardized Testing

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Decreasing participation in standardized testing provides an opportunity to find a better approach to assessment.

SALEM – On Thursday, September 14, the Oregon Department of Education released the Smarter Balanced Assessment results taken last spring. The scores show fewer students proficient in English Language Arts (ELA) and math. The results also show that an increasing Continue Reading

Introducing Today’s OEA digital magazine!

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Today’s OEA is the quarterly member publication of the OEA; we strive to create rich, interesting content that is relevant to the broad diversity of our membership. This school year, we are excited to officially launch the digital version of Today's OEA at todaysoea.org, a sister website to the OEA! Our digital magazine will include all of the content you receive Continue Reading

OEA Pledges to #PROTECTDREAMERS

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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced that he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which will revoke the protected status of over 800,000 people currently residing in the United States. Oregon is home to over 11,000 DACA recipients, often called “Dreamers”, many of whom are young people who have no memory of living anywhere Continue Reading

Dismantling DACA is a vicious assault on students and educators

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“Dismantling the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is a vicious assault on students, educators, small business owners, healthcare workers, and so many others contributing to their families and communities.  DACA has proven to be an unqualified success, providing new opportunities and futures for nearly 800,000 Dreamers who live, study, and work in Continue Reading

In the Aftermath of Charlottesville

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The violence in Charlottesville, Virginia this past week  — the haunting scene of hundreds of white supremacists and neo-Nazis carried torches onto the grounds of the University of Virginia in a night rally filled with fire and hateful speech — has left our students feeling confused and scared about the world in which they live. As a result of this staggering Continue Reading

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

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We've learned that the anti-union Freedom Foundation has once again spammed thousands of Oregon educators through direct mail peddling their lies and propaganda. This comes after a series of incidents last year where they either sent mail or knocked on many of your doors.

We are hearing similar reports from our neighboring NEA state affiliate leaders in Continue Reading

Innovative Ideas Receive Recognition from OEA

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Oregon Education Association is proud to support educators who go above and beyond to create a better future for their students, peers, and public education in general. The grant programs facilitated by OEA's Center for Great Public Schools provide funding to members who want to implement innovative ideas in their classroom, school, or community. 


Professional Continue Reading

OEA Helps Block Voucher Bill from Advancing in Oregon Legislature

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44,000 members strong, the Oregon Education Association is actively working to defeat efforts by the DeVos-Trump administration, dark money groups and other opponents of high-quality public schools from hurting our students, members, families and communities.

Members of the Senate Education Committee held an informational hearing this week in Salem on a bill that Continue Reading

What You Need to Know About PERS

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Changes to PERS Underway

There have been two major changes to PERS. These changes created Tier 2 and OPSRP, which resulted in a large reduction in overall benefits for PERS recipients. These changes have helped stabilize the system, but benefits are still closely tied to returns of the stock market. The economic collapse of 2008 was devastating to PERS accounts Continue Reading

Oregon Educators Elect New OEA Leadership Team

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The Oregon Education Association held its 2017 Representative Assembly (RA) on April 21 and 22 in Portland. Over 500 delegates, representing nearly every school district in the state, gathered to adapt bylaws and policies, set organizational priorities, and vote on several OEA leadership positions. The annual gathering is the largest democratic assembly in Continue Reading

Covered & Cared For

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Oregon Educators Rally Behind Legislation to Cover All Kids with Health Insurance, Regardless of Immigration Status

Story by Meg Krugel // Photos by Thomas Patterson

For more than a month, a student in Alma Vela’s first grade classroom at Washington Elementary in Woodburn complained of a toothache. Sometimes, the pain would bring the young girl to tears. When Continue Reading

Spreading Quality Assessment Practices Across Oregon

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The Center for Great Public Schools in OEA is now accepting applications for the Quality Assessment Practices Cadre 3.0. The Quality Assessment Practices (QAP) cadre members and pilot sites are at the forefront of elevating and improving assessment that leads to meaningful student learning.

Over the past two years, 26 educators from across Oregon have Continue Reading

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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Photo Credit: Politico.com

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

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