Your stories matter. They need to be heard. That's the message OEA has sent our policy makers throughout the 2017 Legislative Session, with our collective "Story of the Day" project. Across the state - in every House District - OEA members have the taken the brave step to talk about the realities they face every day in their classrooms and worksites. The 56 seventh graders they teach. The 1 minute and 45 seconds they have to spend on each individual student every day. The daily grind of grading papers in the cafeteria and lugging teaching supplies from room to room, due to overcrowding.
Through this story project, educators also share the deep passion they have for this work. One member, who teaches in the teen parent program in South Lane, wrote:
"The teen parent program is the whole reason I became an educator. I was a teen parent, and I was also a homeless teen parent. I personally understand how essential these programs are and how having access to wrap-around services is absolutely necessary for many of the students I work with."
Every day this legislative session, your OEA lobby team has hand-delivered a new Story of the Day to every legislator's office in the State Capitol. Sometimes, we're fortunate to have our own members personally deliver their story. OEA member Tony Ramos (pictured), who teaches in Woodburn, hand-delivered his story to his Representative, Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon, on Tuesday, May 16.
It's been a work of the heart, and our effort isn't over. If you have a story to share (and who doesn't?) - please fill out our online story form.