OEA marks 175 years as the Voice for Public School Educators and Students

The Ohio Education Association has advocated for students and educators for more than 175 years

A belief that public schools are worth fighting for has guided our union since its founding in 1847. Today, OEA and its members remain just as dedicated to the fight for equal access, justice, and resources for all Ohio students and educators.

The unified voice of educators in Ohio’s public schools, OEA is a strong advocate for students and public education. Our members nurture and support all students every day, preparing them to be future leaders.

Throughout its history, OEA has worked to improve teaching and learning conditions in Ohio. Our members include teachers, counselors, librarians, education support professionals, retired educators, and aspiring educators in Ohio’s public schools and colleges.

We share a timeline that traces the early years of the OEA as it grew from an organization founded by a small group of men to a union more than 120,000 members strong.