Topic: Legislative issues and political action

Ohio Teacher of the Year Melissa Kmetz
December – January 2023 Ohio Schools

Power to Change the World: 2023 Ohio Teacher of the Year Melissa Kmetz says the most important lesson she can teach students is to know their power

Legislative Watch – December 2, 2022

OEA Opposes Proposal to Require Supermajority for Citizen-Led Initiatives; OEA Cautions Against Rush to Restructure Education Governance in Lame Duck Session 

Take Action to Protect the Will of the People

Democracy in Ohio is facing a new attack with the constitutional amendment proposed by Secretary of State Frank LaRose and State Representative Brian Stewart (R-Ashville). House Joint Resolution 6 (HJR 6) would make it much harder to pass citizen-initiated constitutional amendments in our state by requiring a supermajority of 60% of the vote.  

Legislative Watch – November 18, 2022

SBOE Urges Elimination of Mandatory Student Retention Under the TGRG; Proposal Would Limit Powers of State Board; Changes to Elections and Voting Rights Poised to Move in Lame Duck; HB 554 and HB 748

Legislative Watch – October 14, 2022

Advocacy Continues to Repeal Mandatory Student Retention; Senate Bill 361 Introduced — Allows Military Veterans to Teach Without Educator License

OEA calls for end of mandatory retention under Third Grade Reading Guarantee

The Ohio Education Association (OEA) joined together Monday with state leaders, educators, and education policy experts to advocate for action in the General Assembly to end mandatory retention tied to third-grade standardized testing.

OEA members offer solutions to state’s growing teacher recruitment and retention crisis

As Ohio continues to contend with an alarming decrease in staffing in its K-12 public schools, educators from around Ohio have come together to take on the problem and offer potential solutions.

OEA celebrates advocacy wins in new state report card system

As families and education stakeholders around the state continue to examine the newly released state report card data, the Ohio Education Association (OEA) is celebrating the hard work of Ohio’s dedicated educators to support the state’s students as they continue to overcome the challenges of pandemic-era learning. Further, OEA expresses its sincere gratitude to the lawmakers who answered OEA’s calls for report card reform, resulting in the fairer assessments that were made public today.

Help end student retention under the Third Grade Reading Guarantee

House Bill 497 – Help end student retention under the Third Grade Reading Guarantee

OEA members recommend pro-public education candidates for statewide, legislative races

Decisions made in Ohio’s statehouse and by other elected officials impact what happens in our public-school classrooms every day. Ohio Education Association members have spent the last several months interviewing candidates in political races around the state to make recommendations about who will best serve Ohio’s students, educators, and public schools if elected to office

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