Students head back to school facing significant health risks
Oregon PTA, Children First for Oregon and the Oregon Education Association (OEA) are calling on the state to address $7.6 billion in deferred maintenance costs. In a report released today, these groups site numerous examples where continued disinvestment has exposed children in Oregon’s public schools Continue Reading
What is the opportunity you have in your school district to take action for your students? That was the overarching message at a three day Every Student Succeeds Act workshop for Pacific region educators, led by the National Education Association.
From June 21-23, more than 150 educators from seven western states and Oklahoma – including more than 50 Oregon Continue Reading
The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) brought an end to the test-and-punish era of No Child Left Behind and opened the door to a more balanced approach to assessment. ESSA allows for states to craft statewide summative tests that draw on portfolios, performance assessments, and projects.
The Oregon Education Association wants to seize upon this Continue Reading
Oregon teachers have cause to celebrate. The Every Student Succeeds Act, the update to the 1964 Elementary and Secondary Education Act, eliminates the Highly Qualified Teacher requirement of its predecessor, No Child Left Behind.
What this means for Title 1 schools in Oregon is that starting now, teachers do not have to meet the overly burdensome requirements of the federal Continue Reading
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The Every Student Succeeds Act strips the U.S. Secretary of Education’s authority to mandate state educator evaluations or any aspect of a state’s educator evaluation system. This is a dramatic shift from the evaluation mandates states had to comply with to secure state ESEA flexibility waivers over the past few years.
Another dramatic shift is the immediate Continue Reading
The Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Oregon survey is an anonymous statewide survey of licensed school-based educators to assess teaching conditions at the school, district and state level. Research from around the country shows that teaching conditions are positively associated with improved student achievement and teacher retention. The TELL Continue Reading
The Every Student Succeeds Act takes steps to roll back the emphasis No Child Left Behind placed on high-stakes tests. After nearly 15 years of NCLB’s test-and-punish approach, the changes in ESSA are a welcome shift.
And while ESSA maintains the requirement for annual tests in grades 3-8 and once in high school, additional provisions in the legislation open the Continue Reading
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