Legislative Watch – November 19, 2021

Urge Gov. DeWine to Veto Unconstitutional Redistricting Plan; Bill to Change Training Requirements for Armed School Staff Passes Ohio House

OEA urges swift Senate passage of Build Back Better act

Ohio Education Association celebrates big wins for children and public schools in Build Back Better plan; urges swift Senate passage

Legislative Watch – November 15, 2021

House Bill 99 Passes out of House Committee

Legislative Watch – November 5, 2021

OEA Continues to Oppose House Bill 99; Republicans Unveil Proposed Congressional Maps; HB 327 – Anti-Freedom in the Classroom Bill Undermines Honesty in Education

Big wins for pro-public education candidates should give state lawmakers marching orders

Ohio Education Association: Big wins for pro-public education candidates should send strong message to state lawmakers

OEA & NEA Recommend Tim Ryan for U.S. Senate

NEA President Becky Pringle: “Tim Ryan is a champion for America’s students and Ohio’s working families.”

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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 on October 6. By popular demand, NEA Member Benefits is offering additional Student Loan Forgiveness ZOOM workshops in November.

OEA Condemns Substitute House Bill 327

Ohio Education Association condemns attacks on honesty in education contained in Substitute House Bill 327, warns of dire consequences

OEA & OFT Oppose Bill That Endangers Students

Ohio Federation of Teachers and Ohio Education Association Oppose Legislation That Endangers Students

Press Release October 14, 2021
State report cards should spur districts to spend ARP funds

Ohio Education Association: State report cards highlight need for districts to spend federal ARP money, protect public school state funding

Legislative Watch – September 29, 2021

SB 1 – Ohio House Passes Financial Literacy Graduation Requirement and Extends Substitute Teacher Hiring Flexibility

Legislative Watch – September 24, 2021

HB 322 and HB 327 – Bills Prohibiting “Divisive” Concepts Get Opponent Testimony; SB 1 – Financial Literacy Graduation Requirement and Substitute Teacher Flexibility

OEA’s testimony against HB 322 and HB 327

OEA President Scott DiMauro delivered testimony against HB 322 and HB 327 on September 22, 2021.

Ohio Pension Plans
September 2021 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.

Bring Mock Elections to your students this November

The November election is quickly approaching and now is the time to plan a mock election for your school. Kids Voting Ohio has created a simple system that is free to educators and gives students a chance to learn the importance of voting as well civic involvement in an engaging and fun way

OTES 2.0 Implementation Modules

AN OEA Member Resource: OTES 20 Implementation Modules. 6 Different Modules to support bargaining, implementation, procedures and understanding of the new Ohio Teacher Evaluation System 2.0. Register for these zoom events held September-December 2021.

Legislative Watch – September 10, 2021

On Thursday, the Ohio Redistricting Commission introduced legislative maps created by staffers for the Senate and House Republicans. These maps were adopted by the Commission 5-2 on a party-line vote as a “starting point.” This plan is wholly inadequate and fails to meet the demands of the Constitutional amendment passed by voters to end partisan gerrymandering.

OEA, citing data, calls for school districts to issue temporary mask mandates

Ohio Education Association, citing data, calls for school districts to issue temporary mask mandates until Delta variant poses significantly less danger to students and staff.

Legislative Watch – September 3, 2021

Redistricting Commission Blows by First Deadline for District Maps

OEA’s redistricting testimony

OEA President Scott DiMauro and OEA Vice President Jeff Wensing delivered testimonies to the Ohio Redistricting Commission. These were their submitted testimonies.

Fall 2021 OEA COVID FAQ

As part of OEA’s commitment to monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on our members, we want provide ways to advocate for yourself during this public health crisis. OEA strongly recommends that members contact their local association presidents and LRC’s when they have questions and/or concerns regarding any educational, workplace, or health and safety issue during the mandated COVID-19 school closure.

OEA Statement on Latest Mask Wearing Guidance

Ohio Education Association issues statement about latest COVID-19 mask wearing guidance from CDC and others

Student Loan Debt Among Educators Report

The effects of the national educator student loan crisis ripple beyond our schools. Canceling student debt makes our communities healthier, happier, and more prosperous. It's time for Sec Cardona to #CancelStudentDebt and keep the promise of public service loan forgiveness.

Ohio Education Association praises decision to implement Fair School Funding Plan in state budget; Concerned about future funding commitment

The Ohio Education Association commends the Conference Committee decision to use the Fair School Funding Plan as the state’s school funding mechanism for the next two school years. However, OEA is concerned about the state’s future commitment to the plan, which if not fully funded will continue to shortchange Ohio’s 1.6 million public school students.

OEA Condemns Bills Seeking to Ban ‘Divisive Concepts’ in Ohio Schools

OEA President Scott DiMauro released a statement in opposition to House Bills 327 and 322, which both aim to ban Ohio’s public schools from teaching so-called “divisive concepts,” after hearings in the House State and Local Government Committee Tuesday morning.

OEA welcomes CDC’s school reopening guidance, calls for federal support

Ohio Education Association welcomes CDC’s commonsense school reopening guidance, urges federal support to implement critical safety measures

State Budget Basic Workshop recording

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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.

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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 on October 6. By popular demand, NEA Member Benefits is offering additional Student Loan Forgiveness ZOOM workshops in November.

Month-at-Glance — Featured Events

OEA Master Calendar

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Wed 08

Wellness Wednesday: Cookie Decorating

December 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat 11

Bargaining Bootcamp – Independence

December 11 @ 9:30 am - December 12 @ 2:00 pm
Feb 23

Wellness Wednesday: Virtual Paint and Sip

February 23, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Mar 23

Wellness Wednesday: Roundtable Discussion

March 23, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
May 25

Wellness Wednesday: Letting Go!!

May 25, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Additional Events