The Every Student Succeeds Act calls for state-designed accountability systems, ending the era of No Child Left Behind’s one-size-fits-all approach to accountability. ESSA also expands the measures of accountability states are required to use and ends the sole reliance on state math and reading scores as the only indicator of success.
Now, states have the flexibility and the Continue Reading
After 14 years of education under the deeply flawed No Child Left Behind Act, students and educators finally have a new opportunity. The Every Student Succeeds Act returns decision making about our schools and students back where it belongs – in the hands of local educators, parents and communities – while continuing to keep a strong focus on students most in Continue Reading
2016 Social Justice Activist Award Nominations
Do you know an educator who demonstrates the ability to lead, organize and engage educators, members, parents and the community to advocate on social justice issues? Do you know someone who impacts the lives of students, fellow educators and their communities as an activist and leader?
If so, go to www.nea.org/home/60579.htm for Continue Reading
Supreme Court decision reaffirms collective bargaining
OEA President Vaandering: Silencing educator voice hurts students
WASHINGTON— An equally divided U.S. Supreme Court today delivered its decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, affirming that public employers have a compelling interest in having strong and effective collective bargaining. Continue Reading
Hood River Valley High School, Nyssa High School, Roosevelt High School (Portland), South Jetty High School (Warrenton), and Wallowa High School will share $6,000 in California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants. They are among 86 public high schools in 34 states receiving a total of $102,500 for struggling athletic departments.
The grant is named after Continue Reading
The Winter 2016 and Spring 2016 issues of Today's OEA magazine included special inserts for the upcoming 2016 OEA-RA. In these inserts, you can find information about OEA member candidates currently running for OEA office, as well as proposed policy and bylaw amendments.
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After listening to a host of speeches, participating in rigorous debate and caucusing with fellow members, the OEA-PIE assembly made candidate recommendations for several offices, including President of the United States. The hall spoke, and made it clear: We’re With Her.
Not only did the assembly recommend Hillary Clinton for US President, but there was an Continue Reading
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
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