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 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 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.
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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 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 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 Continue Reading
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
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
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
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
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: