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2014 Election Recommendations

2014 Election Recommendations Federal and Statewide…

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Guide for Organizing around Teaching & Learning Conditions

Good news! The results of the 2014 TELL Oregon Survey - and…

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Check out the 2014 OEA-RA Videos!

Without a doubt, one of the major highlights of the 2014 OEA…

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OEA 2014 Week of Action

Corporate profits are off the charts, yet our schools remain…

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Wear Red for Public Ed

On Tuesday, October 14 educators and education support…

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Oregon Student Mock Election

Hey educators! Are you looking for materials to educate your…

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Apply for an Employee Wellness Grant!

OEA Choice Trust (Trust) has a unique opportunity to assist in…

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NW Conference on Teaching for Social Justice

Oct. 18, 2014

Rethinking our Classrooms; Organizing for Better Schools This…

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OEA Regional Advocacy Conferences

This fall, OEA members will have the opportunity to build new…

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Welcome Back to School!

Welcome to your union, the Oregon Education Association. With…

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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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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

Tired of policy makers ignoring the interests of educators and…

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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

Interested in options for opting out of standardized testing? Go…

ESP Leaders for Tomorrow Program

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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 Continue Reading

2013 Session Ends. What’s Next?

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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

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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