Case is thinly veiled attempt to weaken collective bargaining, silence educators
The U.S. Supreme Court today heard oral arguments in a case that seeks a radical paradigm shift by making it more difficult for public workers to bargain collectively. The case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, wants to overturn common sense jurisprudence that was Continue Reading
The Center for Great Public Schools is offering an amazing opportunity for local associations to apply for a Professional Practice Organizing grant. The grants will be awarded to help local associations engage members around important issues that impact teaching and learning.
The grant may be used to support professional learning and/or to enhance and improve Continue Reading
Historic re-write closes the chapter on ‘No Child Left Behind’; creates greater opportunities for every student to succeed
Today the US Senate approved S. 1177 (85-12), the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bipartisan and bicameral bill to reauthorize the federal education law known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. President Barack Obama is Continue Reading
Key findings reveal impact on students, need for more balanced system
The Oregon Education Association today released key findings of a survey conducted at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. More than 1200 educators responded to the voluntary survey about their experience, and their students’ experience, with the administration of the Smarter Balanced Continue Reading
We learned earlier this week that former OEA Executive Director Robert “Bob” Crumpton passed away after a short and sudden illness. Whenever we lose a member of our OEA family, we are deeply saddened. However, this loss is especially poignant, not only because of who Bob was and what he did for our union, but also because his daughter, UniServ consultant Susan Crumpton, is Continue Reading
Words can't begin to express our grief and sadness over the tragic shooting that took place at Umpqua Community College on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. Among the nine who lost their lives that day was Assistant Professor of English Larry Levine, who was teaching a writing class at the time of his death.
As a community of educators, parents and community members - we Continue Reading
OEA members, parents, and our community partners have access to a wealth of resources through our state association, the National Education Association, and outside sources. From OEA Foundation grants - which provide necessary basics like eyeglasses and warm coats, to OEA Barb Drennan Promising Practices Grants that help support site-based professional Continue Reading
Welcome to the 2015-16 school year! You are part of a family of 42,000 amazing Oregon educators, and together, we are building a better Oregon and creating the schools our students deserve.
We know you're excited to get started; make the most of your year and your union membership with our 2015-16 Member Guide & Planner, which is chock full of helpful tips, fun Continue Reading
For Oregon Education Association members, the 2015 Legislative Session proved to be one of the productive in recent history. Educators championed pro-student legislation on a variety of top policy priorities that move our agenda to create the schools our students deserve.
Why was this legislative session so successful? OEA Members across the state banded Continue Reading
Feedback on "A New Path for Oregon"
Oregon's New System of Student Assessment Garners Meaningful Feedback and Engagement
Over the past year, not only were educators involved in drafting common values, goals and a set of recommendation to transform Oregon’s assessment system, we also sought the input from a variety of stakeholders: policy makers, administrators, Continue Reading
Over this past year, Oregon educators have been sounding the alarm on the harmful impacts of high-stakes standard assessments on students, and the need for Oregon to find a better way to support student learning.
To this end, OEA is unveiling a NEW system of assessment that focuses on student learning rather than the over-emphasis on high-stakes standardized Continue Reading
You may have heard earlier this week that the United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case that would revisit long-standing, established precedent which allows teachers, firefighters and other public service workers to join together to form a union. In 1977, the court ruled unanimously that public workers had the same Continue Reading
The Summer 2015 edition of Today's OEA is now available!
In this issue's cover story, "Power to Our Students," our members tell their stories about how the implementation of the Smarter Balanced Assessment is going this year, how the opt-out movement has impacted their reality as both teachers and parents, and what a better system ofassessment might entail.
On June 11, the Oregon Senate passed HB 2655, the Student Assessment Bill of Rights. The Bill recognizes students and their parents as important stakeholders in the assessment process and improves transparency around the assessment process for students and educators. This bill also establishes one of the most parent friendly opt-out bills in the nation, ensuring Continue Reading
On the morning of May 12, 2015, the Senate passed HB 2680, which will soon move to the Governor’s desk for signing. The following statement can be attributed to Oregon Education Association President Hanna Vaandering:
“Today the Oregon Senate took one of the most important steps in moving us down a new path toward a better system of assessment. By passing HB2680 the Continue Reading
The Wholistic Peace Institute (WPI) Announces the 7th Annual Harold Schnitzer Spirit of Unity Awards
“It is not enough to teach children how to read, write, and count. Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the worlds in which we live, and help people forge more just, inclusive and peaceful societies”. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon
The Continue Reading
Today, April 30, 2015, the Oregon Supreme Court reaffirmed that the state must fulfill its contractual pension promises. Educators, fire fighters, nurses, public safety officers and thousands of other front-line public workers in Oregon can rest easier now, knowing that their contractual pension benefits are secure.
The Oregon Supreme Court decision was a huge Continue Reading
The recession hit Oregon hard. As thousands lost their jobs, tax revenues declined and the state had to make painful cuts to schools and critical services. Thousands of educators were laid off and class sizes ballooned, and programs failed to keep up with the growing needs of seniors and the most vulnerable.
Years later, we’re still seeing the effects of those Continue Reading
Legislators were recently issued a challenge by OEA members: we asked them to take the Smarter Balanced practice test, the closest thing that comes to the one our children have been taking throughout the state over the past six weeks.
Why? There has been growing concern about the harmful impact this standardized test has on our students and schools. Have Continue Reading
OEA Honors Outstanding Members and Supporters of Public Education
During the 2015 OEA Representative Assembly, more than 600 member delegates gathered to conduct Association business, elect officers, and honor fellow members for their service to the OEA and to Oregon's public schools and community colleges. Check out OEA's gallery of OEA-RA photos for pictures of Continue Reading