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.

Ask Your State Representative to Oppose HB 322 and HB 327

HB 322 and HB 327 contain a toxic combination of murky prohibitions about instruction on “divisive” concepts that are linked to extreme penalties for students, educators, and schools. Ask your State Representative to support honesty in education instead of censorship, intimidation, and fear.

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

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.

2021 Minority Leadership Training Program

October 22-23, 2021: The Minority Leadership Training Program provides participants, particularly OEA members of color, with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully serve as leaders at all levels of the Association - local, district, state and national.

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.

Legislative Watch – August 17, 2021

Ohio Redistricting Commission Sets Regional Hearings Where Educator Voices can be Heard

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.

Legislative Watch – July 9, 2021

OEA Analysis of Recently Signed State Budget. OEA’s Government Relations staff has compiled an analysis of the education-related provisions included in House Bill 110, the budget for FY 2022 and FY 2023

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.

Legislative Watch – June 29, 2021

OEA wins victories for students and educators in budget, report card bills

OEA: ‘No excuses. Pass the Fair School Funding Plan now.’

OEA to Ohio budget conference committee members: ‘No excuses. Pass the Fair School Funding Plan now.’

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.

Legislative Watch – June 3, 2021

Senate Adopts Substitute Budget Bill Removes Fair School Funding Plan and Expands Vouchers

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

This content is for OEA members only.

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.

Image: OEA Legal Services
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.

Image: Graduation Cap
OEA Higher Education Benefit

Imagine What You Can Achieve with the OEA Higher Education Benefit – for FREE. Visit FreeCollege.OHEA.org to learn more.

Month-at-Glance — Featured Events

OEA Master Calendar

Image: horizontal line

Oct 22

2021 Fall Minority Leadership Training Program

October 22 @ 6:30 pm - October 23 @ 3:30 pm
Dec 08

Wellness Wednesday: Cookie Decorating

December 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Feb 23

Wellness Wednesday: Virtual Paint and Sip

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

Additional Events