Dear OEA Members,
Today the Oregon House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 1049, which will affect retirement benefits for educators and most members of the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS). It was extremely close. Initially the vote was 31-29, defending against the cuts. But after the Speaker paused the vote and under immense political pressure, two Continue Reading
Dear OEA Members,
Legislature releases historic education investment proposal, offers solutions to challenges facing students
The Student Success Act is an exciting and momentous step toward fully funding our schools. With these investment priorities, the Joint Committee on Student Success has made it clear that the challenges facing our students today can only be met with Continue Reading
Our schools are in crisis all across the state. Students come to school with intense unmet needs that impact their learning at school – such as hunger, homelessness, unmet mental health needs, and traumatic events at home. Without adequate resources to support our students, these challenges result in frequent, severe disruptions and outbursts that take time away Continue Reading
The OEA Emerging Leaders program is designed by the OEA Union School, in partnership with the University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center (LERC), to enhance and build upon the skills of members who have recently begun to be involved in union activity. They might be a new member of the Executive Board, a future President, a Building Rep that shows Continue Reading
As the Election 2018 results rolled in Tuesday, Nov. 6 - it was clear that fully funding our schools was a top priority for candidates and Oregonians during the campaign this year. Record numbers of voters overwhelmingly supported candidates who have pledged to fix our school funding crisis and invest in our students. Educators came together with an unprecedented Continue Reading
It's that time of year when we begin the process of soliciting nominations for 2019 OEA Elected positions. If you or a member you know is interested in running for elected office to OEA and/or NEA, click here to access nomination packet information.
The following positions are open for nomination (please note unique deadlines for each position):
OEA RA Continue Reading
Oregon teachers and voters say #NoThanksKnute
Knute Buehler’s education proposal is unpopular with teachers and the general public. Oregon educators reject gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler’s proposal to cut teacher benefits and salaries if he were elected governor. Buehler has said that taking $1.2 billion from the
retirements of teachers and other public Continue Reading
Aggressive anti-union efforts are happening around the nation right now. These efforts to weaken unions and worker power, from groups like the Freedom Foundation and Opt-Out Today, can be misleading and confusing. Here is some information that you might find helpful if you come into contact with any of these organizations by phone, mail, or email.
TELL Survey Shows Areas of Promise, and Concern
Oregon educators are seeing improvements in their access to technology and professional learning, but face increasing challenges with policies involving managing student conduct, according to results of the latest Teaching, Empowering, Leading, and Learning (TELL) Survey, released April 23.
The TELL survey is Continue Reading
The 2018 Oregon Legislative Session has come to an end, and as always, OEA members made a tremendous impact on the outcome of the work done at the Capitol. In just 21 days, OEA members emailed or called their legislators more than 1,700 times. More than 150 OEA members attended OEA Lobby Day on Feb. 5, 2018 and held meetings with nearly every single legislator Continue Reading
It is no accident that more and more Americans are struggling to get ahead and provide economic stability for their families. For too long, corporate special interests and politicians who do their bidding have rigged the economy against working people to favor the wealthy and powerful.
Now those same special interests have brought a court case looks to divide and Continue Reading
Our hearts are broken yet again by the senseless and tragic shooting in our nation’s public schools, this time in Parkland, Florida. This hits so close to home as our educators and students here in Oregon spend significant time each school year practicing drills for catastrophic events such as this one. This shooting is the eighteenth school shooting so far in Continue Reading
No matter the age, student behaviors can be challenging as an educator. Here are some strategies and practices to keep in mind.
If you haven’t already, take time to write out your specific expectations of students in each setting of their day and share them with your students in writing, verbally, and through modeling.
- Environments may include direct Continue Reading
OEA works to help improve members’ bottom line, including providing access to resources, financial planning tools, and discounts exclusively available to and designed for the needs of educators.
Calling dedicated Education Support Professionals! The OEA Union School is now accepting applications for its ESP Leaders for Tomorrow program, an ongoing course that trains both current and future ESP leaders to become visible, vocal advocates at the local, state and national levels of OEA/NEA.
What is OEA ESP Leaders for Tomorrow?
OEA Leaders for Tomorrow Continue Reading
ODE recently announced an expansion to the Oregon Teacher of the Year program. Now, Oregon will honor 19 regional teachers of the year from each of the state's Education Service Districts.
The 2019 Oregon Teacher of the Year will be chosen from this group of 19 exemplary educators. Each regional honoree will also receive a cash prize of $500.
This change Continue Reading
Today’s OEA is the quarterly member publication of the OEA; we strive to create rich, interesting content that is relevant to the broad diversity of our membership. This school year, we are excited to officially launch the digital version of Today's OEA at todaysoea.org, a sister website to the OEA! Our digital magazine will include all of the content you receive Continue Reading
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced that he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which will revoke the protected status of over 800,000 people currently residing in the United States. Oregon is home to over 11,000 DACA recipients, often called “Dreamers”, many of whom are young people who have no memory of living anywhere Continue Reading
“Dismantling the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is a vicious assault on students, educators, small business owners, healthcare workers, and so many others contributing to their families and communities. DACA has proven to be an unqualified success, providing new opportunities and futures for nearly 800,000 Dreamers who live, study, and work in Continue Reading
We've learned that the anti-union Freedom Foundation has once again spammed thousands of Oregon educators through direct mail peddling their lies and propaganda. This comes after a series of incidents last year where they either sent mail or knocked on many of your doors.
We are hearing similar reports from our neighboring NEA state affiliate leaders in Continue Reading
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