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

Ohio Pension Plans
October 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.

Annual Student Art Contest

Ohio Schools Magazine is looking for some creative cover ideas... and students' thoughts on what makes their school great! Deadline to submit, March 1, 2023.

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.

Student Debt Relief and PSLF Waiver

Last Chance, the PSLF Waiver Is Ending! October is a BIG month for student debt cancellation, and we are pulling out all the stops to make sure educators are ready to make the most of it.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Educator Appreciation Games

Join the Cavaliers for an Educator Appreciation Night on Feb 11, 2023 against the Bulls with exclusive fan experiences and offers. Special group discounted tickets to several other games are available throughout the season.

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.

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Celebrate Educator Appreciation Week with the Blue Jackets!

The Columbus Blue Jackets have partnered with The Ohio Education Association again this year to celebrate all Ohio Educators on Saturday, November 19th at Nationwide Arena when the Blue Jackets host the Detroit Red Wings. Additional games are offered during the week using the special ticket offer.

Ohio Pension Plans
September 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.

Help end student retention under the Third Grade Reading Guarantee

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

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 denounces House Bill 616

Ohio Education Association denounces House Bill 616, vows to continue fight to ensure students have freedom to learn and thrive

Unite to oppose House Bill 327

Let’s unite to oppose House Bill 327 – legislation that would force educators to whitewash our history and distract from the real issues facing Ohio’s schools!

OEA condemns latest version of House Bill 327

Ohio Education Association condemns latest version of House Bill 327, vows to continue fight to give Ohio’s children an honest education

Urge Ohio Redistricting Commission to Adopt Fair Maps

Last week, the Ohio Supreme Court rejected highly partisan maps for the state legislature and sent the Ohio Redistricting Commission back to the drawing board. The Court gave the Redistricting Commission just 10 days to agree on new maps that adhere to the Constitution. Please make your voice heard and insist upon fair legislative maps, time is of the essence!

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.

Month-at-Glance — Featured Events

OEA Master Calendar

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