Public Education Matters

A Celebration of Public Education with OEA Members

OEA extends its heartfelt thanks to the thousands of educators and their family members who joined us for the first-ever Public Education Matters Day celebrations on September 30, 2023. The OEA members who took part in the events at the Toledo Zoo, Columbus Zoo, Cleveland Zoo, and Newport Aquarium, as well as the dozens of volunteers representing OEA Districts across the state, made these gatherings a huge success! You can learn more about the celebrations and see what Ohio lawmakers did to recognize the importance of the day here.

Shirt Design Contest – Create a design that illustrates why Public Education Matters and win!

You can help OEA amplify the message that Ohioans support educators and support the unwavering belief that public education matters far and wide by taking part in the Public Education Matters t-shirt design contest. Submit a design that shows why public education matters in Ohio, and you could win one of several prizes. The submission deadline has been extended to November 30th.

  • 1st Place Prize: $250 VISA Gift Card
  • 2nd Place Prize: $100 VISA Gift Card
  • 3rd Place Prize: $100 VISA Gift Card 

Please include name, cell phone, address, local and personal email address.

Entries can be mailed to Public Education Matters Shirt Contest, 225 East Broad Street Box 2550, Columbus, OH 43216 or email

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