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Teaching and Learning Conditions Survey Can Help Improve Schools

Recently, Oregon conducted a comprehensive statewide survey of…

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Oregon Educator Receives National Recognition

Recently, the NEA Foundation announced that Oregon's 2014…

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Tackling the Summer Slide

Armed with a passion for supporting our neediest students,…

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Supreme Court Rules on Fair Share

On Monday, June 30, the United States Supreme Court struck…

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Tired of over-testing your students?

Tired of over-testing your students? This is our opportunity to…

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Oregon Labor Candidate School

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We Won’t Give Up

National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel is…

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Reynolds High School Tragedy

Our hearts are with the educators, students and families members…

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Teaching With Purpose Conference

October 10-11, 2014

A Call to Culturally Responsive Teaching October 10-11,…

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OEA Members Call for Moratorium on New High-Stakes Tests

At the recent 2014 OEA Representative Assembly (OEA-RA), members…

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News on the Oregon Matrix Model

Recently, the Oregonian published an article about the Oregon…

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Strategic Action Plan in Full Swing

Oregon educators now have a stronger voice at the bargaining…

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Questions about PERS?

Check out our updated resource page on PERS. It includes…

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Moving Forward on the Class Size Campaign

Nearly a year ago, OEA kicked off the Class Size Campaign. Since…

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Upcoming Events

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Earn Donations for OEA Foundation

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Out-of-State PERS Retirees Information

Dear Oregon PERS Retirees, The Oregon Legislature passed SB…

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Update on Oregon’s No Child Left Behind Waiver

Feds Say Oregon’s Leadership on Teacher Quality is ‘High-Risk’.'…

Important Information for Retired Educators

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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

Oregon Legislature Advances Important Education Funding Bills

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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

Keep Updated on PERS Changes

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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 Continue Reading

New Partnerships with Pilot Districts for Teacher Evaluation

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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 Continue Reading

OEA Elects New President and Vice President

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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 Continue Reading

New Proposed Budget Released

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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

New poster makes funding FUN!

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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 Continue Reading

Check out the February issue of Today’s OEA

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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 Continue Reading

Pilot Locals Soar!

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As a key component of OEA's Strategic Action Plan, the Powerful Locals Pilot Program is off and running. In October, 16 local associations from all corners of the state (representing K-12 teachers, education support professionals and community college faculty) were selected to participate in the Pilot Locals program. The program, under the Continue Reading

Dues Tax Deduction - Don’t Forget!

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As you begin your process of filing your 2012 taxes, don't forget that OEA members may be able to deduct their union dues for 2012 income taxes. This includes NEA, OEA and Local dues.

Here's a quick summary of how this works:

  • The deduction must meet the limitations on miscellaneous itemized deductions (deductible when “Miscellaneous” Continue Reading

How to Thrive When Teaching Gets Tough

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In the famous words of Mark Twain, “I can live two months on a good compliment.” Kind words have a way of nourishing the soul, giving us the moral rewards we need to keep going: a student saying “thank you” for helping them get to that “aha moment,” a colleague recognizing all your hard work organizing the Annual Math Night, or a parent writing you a letter extolling how your Continue Reading

Evaluation Update

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A primary focus of the Center for Great Public Schools is educator-driven evaluations. Toward that end, the Center is engaged in a partnership with the Oregon Department of Education in developing two pilot districts on teacher evaluation with an emphasis on supporting ongoing professional growth for teachers. Additionally, the Center is supporting Continue Reading

What’s New with Achievement Compacts

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All around the state, Achievement Compact Advisory Committees are working hard on developing their 2013-14 achievement compacts and accompanying report.  Please be sure to share the following information with your local Advisory Committee!

The Oregon Education Investment Board has allowed some flexibility on reporting to your local school board by February 1:

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