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Education Policy

An Informed Guide to Quality Education Policy

Advocacy groups, parents, students, legislators, and policy-makers have been engaged in discussions over education reform. OEA encourages and welcomes this dialogue. In fact, educators and their unions have long been at the forefront of demanding, piloting and leading innovation and change in classrooms and school buildings all across Oregon.

OEA members believe the conversation about raising student achievement cannot be had in a vacuum. It takes a collective community of educators, administrators, parents, elected officials and community members to sustain and improve our public schools. No one entity is the enemy. There is no single solution (like charter schools) to “fix” our education system. And, the system isn’t broken. We face different realities in Oregon than schools in other parts of the country, and as a result, we need a different conversation and personalized solutions for our students and local communities.

Students in traditional, neighborhood public schools are greeted every day by a caring community of adults who work to improve their academic paths – while overcoming dwindling resources and, at this time, a national recession.

We need to avoid the well-intentioned impulse of many new to our conversation who can be prone to suggest simplistic, silver-bullet solutions. OEA's guides to help inform these discussions:

Investing in Education, Creating JobsRelated OEA Core Values: Collaboration, Democracy, Lifelong Learning, Integrity

Professional Excellence & Student Success
Related OEA Core Values: Professionalism, Collaboration, Respect for Diversity, Lifelong Learning

Promoting Local Decision Making

Serving our Students Better
Related OEA Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Collaboration

Retirement and Health Care Security
Related OEA Core Values: Social Justice, Professionalism