Legislative Watch – January 14, 2022

Ohio Supreme Court Rejects Highly Partisan General Assembly Maps; Ohio Supreme Court Strikes Down Congressional Map; Bill Introduced to Re-Establish STRS COLA; Bill Introduced to Require Teachers to Post Syllabi Online

OEA applauds court decision striking down gerrymandered maps

OEA applauds the wisdom of the OH Supreme Court in striking down the gerrymandered maps that would have denied Ohioans a real voice in the Statehouse. This is a huge victory for voters & Ohio schools, which are greatly impacted by the decisions of the state’s elected lawmakers.

Ohio Pension Plans
December 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.

Student Loan Forgiveness ZOOM Workshops

The demand for information about loan forgiveness increased exponentially following the announcement of the Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program overhaul announced by the Department of Education in October 2021. By popular demand, NEA Member Benefits is continuing to offer additional Student Loan Forgiveness ZOOM workshops throughout the holidays.

Legislative Watch – November 19, 2021

Urge Gov. DeWine to Veto Unconstitutional Redistricting Plan; Bill to Change Training Requirements for Armed School Staff Passes Ohio House

OEA urges swift Senate passage of Build Back Better act

Ohio Education Association celebrates big wins for children and public schools in Build Back Better plan; urges swift Senate passage

Legislative Watch – November 15, 2021

House Bill 99 Passes out of House Committee

Legislative Watch – November 5, 2021

OEA Continues to Oppose House Bill 99; Republicans Unveil Proposed Congressional Maps; HB 327 – Anti-Freedom in the Classroom Bill Undermines Honesty in Education

Big wins for pro-public education candidates should give state lawmakers marching orders

Ohio Education Association: Big wins for pro-public education candidates should send strong message to state lawmakers

OEA & NEA Recommend Tim Ryan for U.S. Senate

NEA President Becky Pringle: “Tim Ryan is a champion for America’s students and Ohio’s working families.”

OEA Condemns Substitute House Bill 327

Ohio Education Association condemns attacks on honesty in education contained in Substitute House Bill 327, warns of dire consequences

OEA & OFT Oppose Bill That Endangers Students

Ohio Federation of Teachers and Ohio Education Association Oppose Legislation That Endangers Students

Press Release October 14, 2021
State report cards should spur districts to spend ARP funds

Ohio Education Association: State report cards highlight need for districts to spend federal ARP money, protect public school state funding

Legislative Watch – September 29, 2021

SB 1 – Ohio House Passes Financial Literacy Graduation Requirement and Extends Substitute Teacher Hiring Flexibility

Legislative Watch – September 24, 2021

HB 322 and HB 327 – Bills Prohibiting “Divisive” Concepts Get Opponent Testimony; SB 1 – Financial Literacy Graduation Requirement and Substitute Teacher Flexibility

OEA’s testimony against HB 322 and HB 327

OEA President Scott DiMauro delivered testimony against HB 322 and HB 327 on September 22, 2021.

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

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

Month-at-Glance — Featured Events

OEA Master Calendar

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Feb 03

2022 Advocacy and Organizing Institute

February 3 @ 8:00 am - February 5 @ 5:00 pm
Feb 23

Wellness Wednesday: Virtual Paint and Sip

February 23 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Mar 23

Wellness Wednesday: Roundtable Discussion

March 23 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
May 25

Wellness Wednesday: Letting Go!!

May 25 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Additional Events