The OEA family stands with the people of South Africa and around the globe in mourning the loss and honoring the life of Nelson Mandela. In his own words, Mandela's wisdom serves as a guidepost for all of us: “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the Continue Reading
2014 OEA Awards Call for Nominations Each year OEA recognizes…
The OEA family stands with the people of South Africa and around…
December 2013/January 2014
From writing workshops and the Oregon College Access Network…
Feds Say Oregon’s Leadership on Teacher Quality is ‘High-Risk’.'…
The following positions are open for nomination for the 2014…
The year 2013 not only saw the regularly scheduled Oregon…
This fall, only 23 percent of local school bond elections were…
Recently OEA's local leaders came together in our first…
OEA’s Union School Powerful Locals program These are…
UPDATE as of Sept. 27, 2013: Click here to read the PERS bills…
Oct. 21 - Dec. 9, 2013
The Common Core State Standards for English ELA and Mathematics…
OEA NEA Leaders for Tomorrow program will train both current and…
It's that time of year again! Your 2013-2014 OEA Membership…
Oregon educators joined their colleagues from across the nation…
2013 Legislative Session Ends What's next for public…
Attention Retired Educators: If you’re still working in public…
K-12 Budget Clears Senate and House Approves Bill to Redirect…
UPDATE — June 12, 2013: At the PERB meeting on July 26 the Board…
The Oregon Department of Education is currently working with 12…
Feds Say Oregon’s Leadership on Teacher Quality is ‘High-Risk’.' Are They Right?
Recently, the Federal government told education leaders in Oregon it’s sticking with its warning, first issued this past August, that Oregon is at ‘high risk’ of having our state’s ESEA waiver revoked.
When Oregon first applied for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Continue Reading
The following positions are open for nomination for the 2014 elections:
Elected at OEA RA:
Region I Vice President: 1 position for a 2-year term
Region II Vice President: 1 position for a 2-year term
Region III Vice President: 1 position for a 2-year term
NEA Director: 1 position for a 3-yr term (term begins Sept)
Elected by Mail Ballot:
State Delegates to the NEA RA Continue Reading
The year 2013 not only saw the regularly scheduled Oregon Legislative session, but also a Special Session called by Governor Kitzhaber. Through both sessions, lawmakers saw the economy improve, increased their investment in K-12 schools, reduced retirement benefits for educators and retirees, and approved a number of key policy bills that impact public Continue Reading
This fall, only 23 percent of local school bond elections were approved by voters (and one is still in recount territory) and 50 percent of local option levies were successful.
Thank you to the many OEA members and other public education supporters who worked hard to urge your community's voters to invest in your local schools!
Recently OEA's local leaders came together in our first President's tele-town hall to OEA's Class Size Campaign. Leaders received an update on the campaign's efforts - both statewide and on local levels. They engaged in asking questions, providing valuable feedback, sharing ideas and telling their own experience of how the class size campaign is being Continue Reading
OEA’s Union School Powerful Locals program
These are challenging times for education professionals and our local associations. There are fewer resources, more expectations and more problematic regulations facing our public schools and community colleges. The result: overworked teachers, faculty and support professionals facing overcrowded classrooms, Continue Reading
UPDATE as of Sept. 27, 2013: Click here to read the PERS bills that the legislature is considering during the 2013 Special Session. Bennett, Harman, Morris & Kaplan LLC has provided an updated analysis on SB 822's challenge here.
OEA NEA Leaders for Tomorrow program will train both current and future ESP leaders in leadership attitudes, skills and knowledge that will enhance their ability to be a visible, vocal advocate at the local, state and national levels of the OEA NEA.
The program is a four session training process held over a nine month period that is open to dues paying OEA Continue Reading
It's that time of year again! Your 2013-2014 OEA Membership Materials are available and ready for distribution. If you missed out on receiving your OEA calendar book and membership folder, contact your local UniServ office.
2013 Legislative Session Ends What's next for public education?
In the afternoon of Monday, July 8, the Oregon Legislative Assembly brought the gavel down bringing an end to the 2013 regular session. During the session, lawmakers saw the economy improve, increased their investment in K-12 schools, reduced retirement benefits for educators and retirees and approved a number of Continue Reading
Attention Retired Educators: If you’re still working in public employment, be sure to accurately track your hours! It may impact your retirement.
This important reminder applies to you if you are:
• A PERS retiree and
• Working as a substitute or in some other capacity in an Oregon school district, ESD or any other PERS covered employer.
As background, Oregon statute Continue Reading
K-12 Budget Clears Senate and House Approves Bill to Redirect Corporate Kicker to Community Colleges
As Oregon lawmakers near the finish line of the 2013 Legislative Session, two important bills to fund public education advanced this morning.
In the House, legislators reached the two-thirds majority required to pass House Bill 2305 - an important step forward for Oregon's Continue Reading
UPDATE — June 12, 2013: At the PERB meeting on July 26 the Board will consider a change in the assumed earnings rate for the system. The most likely change is to a new rate of 7.75 percent. If the Board makes a change the new rate will go into effect on January 1, 2014 for the purpose of calculating the money match benefit. It is currently unclear when the Continue Reading
The Oregon Department of Education is currently working with 12 school districts to pilot the “significant” use of Student learning and growth data in teacher and principal evaluations in order to satisfy our ESEA Waiver requirements for the 2012-13 school year. These 12 school districts were the recipients of the SB 252 Collaboration Grant. OEA's Center for Continue Reading
As OEA members engage in the development, implementation and reporting of achievement compact, a variety of resources are available to help lead the achievement compact effort in school districts. The guidance for completing the 2013-14 Achievement Compact Report may be helpful as districts complete their planning for the coming school year.
Hanna Vaandering Becomes President; Tony Crawford Elected Vice President
Members of the Oregon Education Association (OEA) elected a new state president and vice president, Saturday April 20, during the annual OEA Representative Assembly in Portland. Delegates elected Hanna Vaandering, a Beaverton physical education teacher, to the office of President; Continue Reading
New Proposed Budget Balanced on the Middle Class and Retirees
Proposal prioritizes K-12 schools but shortchanges community colleges
On March 4, Oregon's chief budget writers released their proposed budget for how to fund schools, community colleges, health care, and public safety for the next two years.
While we recognize that these are difficult decisions due to the Continue Reading
OEA and our coalition partners (including Confederation of School Administrators, Oregon School Boards Association, Parent Teachers Association, and Oregon School Employees Association), recently produced a colorful poster that highlights the impact of various state school funding levels on Oregon's school districts. These posters were printed and delivered Continue Reading
Whew — if we thought we would have any down time at the start of the year in our work, we were sadly mistaken! Now that the holidays are over and hopefully spring is somewhere in the near future, we can only rest for a moment before we move toward the next thing on the plate. We can rest if we must, but we can’t quit!
I have had several opportunities in Continue Reading
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