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In the Aftermath of Charlottesville

The violence in Charlottesville, Virginia this past week  — the…

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Freedom Foundation (Choice for Teachers) Launches New Campaign in Oregon

We've learned that the anti-union Freedom Foundation has once…

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Innovative Ideas Receive Recognition from OEA

Oregon Education Association is proud to support educators who go…

What You Need to Know About PERS

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Changes to PERS Underway

There have been two major changes to PERS. These changes created Tier 2 and OPSRP, which resulted in a large reduction in overall benefits for PERS recipients. These changes have helped stabilize the system, but benefits are still closely tied to returns of the stock market. The economic collapse of 2008 was devastating to PERS accounts Continue Reading

Oregon Education Investment Initiative

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Oregon’s students are suffering. For the last three decades, we have seen a steady erosion of public funding of our education system. Our entire education continuum has been cut to the bone. Now is the time to invest in the future of Oregon. We can no longer afford to have a system that does not give every student in our state the opportunity to realize their Continue Reading

Oregon Educators Elect New OEA Leadership Team

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The Oregon Education Association held its 2017 Representative Assembly (RA) on April 21 and 22 in Portland. Over 500 delegates, representing nearly every school district in the state, gathered to adapt bylaws and policies, set organizational priorities, and vote on several OEA leadership positions. The annual gathering is the largest democratic assembly in Continue Reading

Praise for Kotek’s Revenue Proposal

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OEA President Hanna Vaandering Applauds Speaker Kotek’s Proposal

On May 4, 2017, House Speaker Tina Kotek and the House Democrats introduced a revenue proposal that could potentially raise $1.7 billion for public education. OEA President Hanna Vaandering issued this response to the proposal:

“House Speaker Tina Kotek’s proposed plan to invest just over $1.7 billion in Continue Reading

Covered & Cared For

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Oregon Educators Rally Behind Legislation to Cover All Kids with Health Insurance, Regardless of Immigration Status

Story by Meg Krugel // Photos by Thomas Patterson

For more than a month, a student in Alma Vela’s first grade classroom at Washington Elementary in Woodburn complained of a toothache. Sometimes, the pain would bring the young girl to tears. When Continue Reading

Spreading Quality Assessment Practices Across Oregon

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The Center for Great Public Schools in OEA is now accepting applications for the Quality Assessment Practices Cadre 3.0. The Quality Assessment Practices (QAP) cadre members and pilot sites are at the forefront of elevating and improving assessment that leads to meaningful student learning.

Over the past two years, 26 educators from across Oregon have Continue Reading

Students in the Lead: Culturally Responsive Teaching

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2017 OEA Education Symposium a Success

Featured speaker, Zaretta Hammond’s powerful keynote presentation: “Helping Students Become Leaders of their Own Learning:  Leveraging Culturally Responsive Teaching for Acceleration”, set the stage for a day of deep conversation, questioning and collaboration on culturally responsive teaching.  Author of Culturally Continue Reading

Trump Budget Hurts Oregon Students

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Trump proposes to cut after-school programs, educator development, and financial aid for students

Donald Trump’s proposed budget would make drastic cuts to programs Oregon students rely upon, including slashing investments in federal education programs by $9.2 billion in the upcoming fiscal year. The cuts would impact nearly all aspects of our education system, Continue Reading

Courageous Conversations

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At every level, OEA Members Are Working to End Institutional Racism for our Students, Educators, and the Collective Whole   

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of Today's OEA magazine.

By Meg Krugel

She was in the seventh grade.

Her teacher had told her they would be studying African American history in class, and she was thrilled. For the Continue Reading

ESSA Around the Nation

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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) returns decision making for our nation’s education back where it belongs – in the hands of local educators, families, and communities – while keeping our focus on students most in need.

Unlike its predecessor, No Child Left Behind, ESSA will look different from state to state, district to district, and school to school. This move away from a Continue Reading

OEA members pledge to protect rights of our LGBTQ students

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Oregon Educators Concerned for Students’ Safety as Trump Rescinds Protections for Transgender Students

On Feb. 22, the Trump Administration released a new plan rescinding federal guidance to protect transgender students from discrimination. In response, the Oregon Education Association reiterated its commitment to protecting the civil rights of our LGBTQ students Continue Reading

Using ESSA to Protect Schools and Students

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Later this month, the U.S. Senate will take a vote on the confirmation of Besty DeVos as Secretary of Education. DeVos is a dangerously unqualified candidate who has spent decades working to dismantle public education.

This is troubling news for educators in our public schools and for the hundreds of thousands of students in Oregon who Continue Reading

OEA launches Educator-Led Improvement Toolkit

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As an organization, we believe that all students, regardless of zip code, deserve a quality education that inspires their natural curiosity, imagination and desire to learn. Turning this vision into a reality requires teamwork and a dedication to change at the local level where those who know students the best – educators in classrooms and communities – lead the Continue Reading

Five Steps for Responding to Bullying & Fear

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Taking Steps Toward Common Good & Collective Action                                                                                                                            

1. Respond immediately and systemically: Do not wait or second guess. Come together as a school community and work intentionally and comprehensively to immediately respond to issues of Continue Reading

Ensuring Safe, Welcoming, and Bias-free Schools

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"Now more than ever, we must double our resolve to bring people together and focus on building a future for all Americans where their dreams outweigh their fears and hope smothers anger and hate. We are stronger together and we will never give up on what we hold dear."

— NEA President Lily Eskelsen García 

On the day following the shocking results of the 2016 Continue Reading

Dispelling Title I Myths

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A new federal law as extensive as the Every Student Succeeds Act generates additional rules, regulations, and guidance to help school and education leaders across the country understand the nearly 1,100 page law. The U.S. Department of Education has been publishing guidance extensively over the past few weeks.

Most of the guidance is directed at state education Continue Reading

Ready. Set. Organize!

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The Center for Great Public Schools is pleased to welcome Karen Hoffman to our team. Karen recently joined OEA as the Professional Practice Organizer for the center, and a key priority for her new position is to support local associations organize around the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA.

The center defines professional practice organizing as identifying Continue Reading

Local Decision Making Under ESSA

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The Every Student Succeeds Act restores decision making about schools back into the hands of those who know students best – teachers, parents and families, and students themselves.

ESSA specifically calls for local and state education agencies to consult with, involve and partner with a wide range of groups that includes teachers, paraeducators, families, Continue Reading

New Report Shows Oregon Schools Falling Behind

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Oregon Education Association (OEA), Oregon PTA, AFT Oregon Release Decades of Disinvestment: The State of School Funding in Oregon

Over the course of the last two decades investment in Oregon’s public schools has declined to a point where independent rankings place Oregon schools near the bottom in the nation for school funding.

Download the report: Decades of Continue Reading

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