OEA Congratulates Steve Dackin on Appointment as State Superintendent of Public Instruction

The Ohio Education Association (OEA) looks forward to working with Steve Dackin in his new role as State Superintendent. OEA welcomes the opportunity to work collaboratively with Mr. Dackin to best meet the needs of Ohio’s students

Ohio Pension Plans
May 2022 OEA Retirement Systems Update

Report to the OEA Board of Directors — the State Teachers Retirement System, the School Employees Retirement System, & the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System.

OEA Congratulates 2022 National Teacher of the Year Kurt Russell

Oberlin High School teacher Kurt Russell has been named the 2022 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Russell had been in the running for this prestigious honor after being selected as the 2022 Ohio Teacher of the Year.

OEA Congratulates 2022 National Teacher of the Year Kurt Russell

Oberlin High School teacher Kurt Russell has been named the 2022 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Russell had been in the running for this prestigious honor after being selected as the 2022 Ohio Teacher of the Year.

Legislative Watch – April 11, 2022

HB 616 Introduced: Doubles-Down on “Divisive Concepts” Prohibitions; Adds “Don’t Say Gay”

Unite to oppose House Bill 616

House Bill 616 Doubles-Down on State Censorship; Combines “Don’t Say Gay” and “Divisive Concept” Prohibitions. Take action and tell your representative to speak out against this bill and oppose it.

OEA denounces House Bill 616

Ohio Education Association denounces House Bill 616, vows to continue fight to ensure students have freedom to learn and thrive

Legislative Watch – April 1, 2022

Redistricting Update: The Fight for Fair Maps Continues; OEA VP Wensing Testifies in Support of Bill to Eliminate Student Retention Under TGRG; HB 583: Extends Temporary Licensure of Substitute Teachers - Includes $338 Million Federal Funds for School Lunches

Help end student retention under the Third Grade Reading Guarantee

House Bill 497 - Help end student retention under the Third Grade Reading Guarantee

Ohio Pension Plans
March 2022 OEA Retirement Systems Update

Report to the OEA Board of Directors — the State Teachers Retirement System, the School Employees Retirement System, & the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System.

Ohio Education Association celebrates STRS Board decision to restore some benefits

The State Teachers Retirement System Board voted Thursday to approve a 3% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) to eligible retirees for the 2022-2023 fiscal year and remove the age 60 requirement for retirement eligibility with full benefits that was scheduled to take effect in 2026. The OEA and its members advocated for these changes and welcome this news.

Unite to oppose House Bill 327

Let’s unite to oppose House Bill 327 – legislation that would force educators to whitewash our history and distract from the real issues facing Ohio’s schools!

OEA condemns latest version of House Bill 327

Ohio Education Association condemns latest version of House Bill 327, vows to continue fight to give Ohio’s children an honest education

Backpack Bill would come at enormous cost

The Ohio Education Association (OEA) is sounding the alarm about the grievous consequences House Bill 290 – known as the Backpack Bill -- would bring for Ohio’s children and communities. HB 290 would drive a massive hole in the state budget with little accountability for the money, all while leading to greater racial segregation and worse student outcomes, OEA leaders warn.

Legislative Watch – January 26, 2022

State Legislative Maps Heading Back to Court

Urge Ohio Redistricting Commission to Adopt Fair Maps

Last week, the Ohio Supreme Court rejected highly partisan maps for the state legislature and sent the Ohio Redistricting Commission back to the drawing board. The Court gave the Redistricting Commission just 10 days to agree on new maps that adhere to the Constitution. Please make your voice heard and insist upon fair legislative maps, time is of the essence!

OEA/NEA MEMBER-ONLY BENEFITS
Your OEA membership is there to support you in the important, life-changing work that you’re doing. Visit OEA ACCESS to unlock even more dining, travel, auto, retail, and recreational discounts.

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OEA Legal Services — Protecting Your Rights

The high cost of hiring an attorney to protect employment rights should not be a deterrent to an OEA member. Each year, the OEA-NEA Legal Services Program provides paid legal representation to members who are forced to take legal action in a matter relating to their job.

Wellness Issues and Resources

There is currently an increased need to provide OEA members with information and resource offerings in relation to stress/wellness. This is a roundup of resources to support student and staff mental health.

Student Loan Forgiveness ZOOM Workshops

The demand for information about loan forgiveness increased exponentially following the announcement of the Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program overhaul announced by the Department of Education in October 2021. By popular demand, NEA Member Benefits is continuing to offer additional Student Loan Forgiveness ZOOM workshops

Month-at-Glance — Featured Events

OEA Master Calendar

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Mon 23

Student Loan Forgiveness Workshops

May 23 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wed 25

Ohio Early Mid-Career Retirement workshop

May 25 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Wed 25

Wellness Wednesday: Letting Go!!

May 25 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Jun 02

OEA Lobby Day

June 2 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Jun 15

2022 Summer Leadership Academy | June 15-17

June 15 @ 8:00 am - June 17 @ 5:00 pm
Aug 03

Additional Events