OEA EDUCATION POLICY RESEARCH AND MEMBER ADVOCACY (EPRMA)
The OEA Education Policy Research and Member Advocacy (EPRMA) e-Connection supports and facilitates the continuous professional development of OEA members. The e-Connection provides OEA members with direct access to learning about relevant education policy and practice issues and assists with issue-related networking and engagement opportunities to promote and support public education.
The Ohio State Board of Education (SBOE) is the governing body of the Ohio Department of Education. The existence of the SBOE is authorized by Article VI, Section 4 of the Ohio Constitution. Ohio law determines the selection and duties of the SBOE. According to section 3301.01 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC), there are nineteen members. Eleven members are elected and the remaining eight are to be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Under ORC section 3301.07, the SBOE is required to establish and administer policies for Ohio schools. These rules can be found in Chapter 3301 of the Ohio Administrative Code.
To conduct business, the SBOE convenes once a month. These meetings are open to the public and the required public notice for these meetings can be found on the Ohio Department of Education’s website.
The SBOE uses a committee approach to conduct business. The Committees of the State Board of Education are:
- Performance and Impact Committee
- Emerging Issues and Operational Standards Committee
- Executive Committee
- Integrated Student Supports Committee
- Teaching, Leading, Learning Committee
- Ad Hoc Budget Committee
- Ad Hoc Legislative Committee
According to the SBOE Policies and Procedures Manual, the agenda for each meeting is established by the SBOE President, Vice President, and the State Superintendent. In addition to the committee meetings, the SBOE meeting agenda also includes a report of the State Superintendent, 119 Hearing, Public Participation on voting and non-voting items, and Voting on the Report and Recommendations of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. These voting items include:
- Administrative Rules
- Territory Transfers
- School Personnel
- Miscellaneous Resolutions
In addition to enacted legislation, decisions by the State Board of Education (SBOE) will impact Public Schools in Ohio. OEA has established positions for education issues. These issues are listed on the OEA On the Issues website. OEA members can find OEA positions on other issues in OEA Resolutions which are available in the OEA Members Only section of the OEA website.
There are several methods the public may access to communicate with the SBOE about education policy: