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
Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson touts meeting with Embattled Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos
On March 15, Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson announced he was traveling to Washington D.C. as a self-appointed “second-in-command,” and plans to meet with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about “what changes we can expect in Oregon Continue Reading
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
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
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
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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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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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The Every Student Succeeds Act strips the U.S. Secretary of Education’s authority to mandate state educator evaluations or any aspect of a state’s educator evaluation system. This is a dramatic shift from the evaluation mandates states had to comply with to secure state ESEA flexibility waivers over the past few years.
Another dramatic shift is the immediate Continue Reading