Oregon educators now have a stronger voice at the bargaining table, in the halls of the Capitol, at the ballot box, in their classrooms and communities, and in policy discussions at the local, state and federal levels.
We are seeing a record number of OEA members engaged in new and exciting ways to lead their union and their profession.
Nearly a year ago, OEA kicked off the Class Size Campaign. Since then, thousands of educators have told their stories about how the disinvestment in public education is negatively impacting our students and the future of our state every day.
We haven’t just told our stories. We’ve mobilized and engaged members at unprecedented levels. Through your great work Continue Reading
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The Oregon Legislature passed SB 822 during the 2013 Legislative Session that will impact you as an out-of-state resident. Many of you have received a recent letter from PERS informing you that you are no longer entitled to a tax remedy as a result of your out of state residency. You can read more on the PERS website at www.oregon.gov/pers. This Continue Reading
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 law Continue Reading
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, unmanageable caseloads and the stress associated 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.
On July 1, 2013, on behalf of the PERS Coalition and its members, Bennett, Hartman, Morris & Kaplan LLP filed a challenge to Senate Bill 822Continue Reading
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 ESP 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
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; Tony 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 to 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!