Dear Oregon PERS Retirees,
The Oregon Legislature passed SB 822 during the 2013 Legislative Session that will impact you as an out-of-state resident. Many of you have received a recent letter from PERS informing you that you are no longer entitled to a tax remedy as a result of your out of state residency. You can read more on the PERS website at www.oregon.gov/pers. This Continue Reading
The OEA family stands with the people of South Africa and around the globe in mourning the loss and honoring the life of Nelson Mandela. In his own words, Mandela's wisdom serves as a guidepost for all of us: “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine Continue Reading
Feds Say Oregon’s Leadership on Teacher Quality is ‘High-Risk’.' Are They Right?
Recently, the Federal government told education leaders in Oregon it’s sticking with its warning, first issued this past August, that Oregon is at ‘high risk’ of having our state’s ESEA waiver revoked.
When Oregon first applied for a waiver from the No Child Left Continue Reading
The following positions are open for nomination for the 2014 elections:
Elected at OEA RA:
Region I Vice President: 1 position for a 2-year term
Region II Vice President: 1 position for a 2-year term
Region III Vice President: 1 position for a 2-year term
NEA Director: 1 position for a 3-yr term (term begins Sept)
Elected by Mail Ballot:
State Delegates to the NEA RA Continue Reading
The year 2013 not only saw the regularly scheduled Oregon Legislative session, but also a Special Session called by Governor Kitzhaber. Through both sessions, lawmakers saw the economy improve, increased their investment in K-12 schools, reduced retirement benefits for educators and retirees, and approved a number of key policy bills that impact Continue Reading
This fall, only 23 percent of local school bond elections were approved by voters (and one is still in recount territory) and 50 percent of local option levies were successful.
Thank you to the many OEA members and other public education supporters who worked hard to urge your community's voters to invest in your local schools!
Go here to see Continue Reading
Recently OEA's local leaders came together in our first President's tele-town hall to OEA's Class Size Campaign. Leaders received an update on the campaign's efforts - both statewide and on local levels. They engaged in asking questions, providing valuable feedback, sharing ideas and telling their own experience of how the class size campaign is Continue Reading
OEA’s Union School Powerful Locals program
These are challenging times for education professionals and our local associations. There are fewer resources, more expectations and more problematic regulations facing our public schools and community colleges. The result: overworked teachers, faculty and support professionals facing overcrowded Continue Reading
UPDATE as of Sept. 27, 2013: Click here to read the PERS bills that the legislature is considering during the 2013 Special Session. Bennett, Harman, Morris & Kaplan LLC has provided an updated analysis on SB 822's challenge here.
On July 1, 2013, on behalf of the PERS Coalition and its members, Bennett, Hartman, Morris & Kaplan LLP filed a challenge to Senate Bill 822 Continue Reading
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
It's that time of year again! Your 2013-2014 OEA Membership Materials are available and ready for distribution. If you missed out on receiving your OEA calendar book and membership folder, contact your local UniServ office.
If you prefer to download the OEA Calendar to your personal computer or smartphone, you'll find options for exporting the Continue Reading
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.
Getting Started on Achievement Continue Reading
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