Ohio Pension Plans
March 2023 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.

Legislative Watch – March 17, 2023

Draconian Higher Education “Catch-All” Bill Introduced in Ohio Senate; House Joint Resolution (HJR) 1 to Receive Sponsor Testimony Next Week

Provide Healthy School Meals to All Students

Students can’t learn if their stomachs are grumbling. Universal school meals are proven to reduce child hunger. We can fix this by providing healthy school meals to all students at no cost to them, ensuring that they are hunger-free and ready to learn.

2023 OEA Minority Leadership Training Program

June 9-10, 2023: 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.

Legislative Watch – March 3, 2023

Legislature Considering Harmful Voucher Expansion Proposals; Senate Passes Bill Changing Powers and Duties of State Board of Education; School District Funding Spreadsheets Released

Urge your legislators to oppose voucher expansion

Several proposals in the Ohio legislature propose massive expansions in eligibility for school vouchers. Voucher programs use public taxpayer money to pay for private school tuition for students. This comes at the expense of the approximately 90% of students who attend Ohio’s public schools. Contact your legislators and urge them to say no to voucher expansion.

LRC Skills Development Program

The OEA is excited to announce the 2023 Labor Relations Consultant (LRC) Skills Development Program. The purpose of the LRC Skills Development Program is to provide interested OEA members and Associate staff with an overview of the skills critical to being successful in the role of an OEA Labor Relations Consultant.

All in for Ohio Kids
ALL IN FOR OHIO KIDS: Funding projections highlight need for up-to-date school funding formula now

District-by-district finance data highlights urgent need to fully implement an up-to-date Fair School Funding Plan

Annual Student Art Contest

Ohio Schools Magazine is looking for some creative cover ideas... and students' thoughts on what makes their school great! The contest deadline has been extended to March 31, 2023.

OEA Member Lobby Day

Make your voices heard on March 28

Legislative Watch – February 24, 2023

Updates on House Bill 33 and Senate Bill 14

Hunger-Free Schools Ohio
Hunger-Free Schools Ohio calls for immediate relief for child hunger crisis

Hunger-Free Schools Ohio Coalition calls on lawmakers to provide immediate relief for growing child hunger crisis

Ohio Pension Plans
February 2023 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.

Legislative Watch – February 17, 2023

House Leadership Announces “Priority Bills”; Senate Bill 47; Senate Bill 49; Congressional Bills Push for Teacher Pay Increases

Legislative Watch – February 7, 2023

Budget Edition #2 - On Tuesday, January 31, 2023, Governor DeWine unveiled his budget priorities during his State of the State address. Following the speech, he released his Executive Budget Blue Book for Fiscal Years (FY) 2024 and 2025. This is OEA's review of the governor’s proposal for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Department of Youth Services, Deaf and Blind Education Services, and the State Library.

OEA lays out bold vision for 135th General Assembly

Ohio Education Association lays out bold vision for 135th General Assembly (OEA) and calls on state leaders to prioritize supporting Ohio’s educators and public school students.

Legislative Watch – February 3, 2023

Budget Edition # 1 - On Tuesday, January 31, 2023, Governor DeWine unveiled his budget priorities during his State of the State address. Following the speech, he released his Executive Budget Blue Book for Fiscal Years (FY) 2024 and 2025. DeWine stated that his goal in this budget is to ensure that all Ohioans are educated and have the tools needed to live up to their potential.

All in for Ohio Kids responds to Gov. DeWine’s proposed budget

Public Education Supporters Respond to Governor DeWine’s Proposed Biennial Budget

Student Debt Relief

On January 10, 2023 the Department of Education released a proposed regulation that delivers on the plan President Biden announced in August to provide millions of borrowers with more affordable monthly student loan payments

Ohio Pension Plans
December 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.

Education Champions
Celebrate Ohio’s exceptional educators. Nominate an educator in your community today!

Ohio’s educators make a difference in their students’ lives every day. From classroom teachers to paraeducators, professors, bus drivers, school secretaries, custodians, and more, Ohio’s public school employees have dedicated their lives to serving our kids and making our schools great. Help recognize an Education Champion by nominating a special educator!

Public Sector Employment and Political Activism: Using Your Voice While Protecting Your Job

The First Amendment protects all citizens of the United States by limiting the government’s ability to abridge freedom of speech. However, when the government is also a person’s employer things can become a bit more complicated.

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/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.

EdPro Connect

Ohio Education Association’s Education Professional Connection (EdPro Connect) provides background and resources on the most current topics in public education. Each EdPro Connect entry features insights from OEA professionals as well as links to additional resources

Month-at-Glance — Featured Events

OEA Master Calendar

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