For Oregon Education Association members, the 2015 Legislative Session proved to be one of the productive in recent history. Educators championed pro-student legislation on a variety of top policy priorities that move our agenda to create the schools our students deserve.
Why was this legislative session so successful? OEA Members across the state banded Continue Reading
You may have heard earlier this week that the United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case that would revisit long-standing, established precedent which allows teachers, firefighters and other public service workers to join together to form a union. In 1977, the court ruled unanimously that public workers had the same Continue Reading
The Summer 2015 edition of Today's OEA is now available!
In this issue's cover story, "Power to Our Students," our members tell their stories about how the implementation of the Smarter Balanced Assessment is going this year, how the opt-out movement has impacted their reality as both teachers and parents, and what a better system ofassessment might entail.
On June 11, the Oregon Senate passed HB 2655, the Student Assessment Bill of Rights. The Bill recognizes students and their parents as important stakeholders in the assessment process and improves transparency around the assessment process for students and educators. This bill also establishes one of the most parent friendly opt-out bills in the nation, ensuring Continue Reading
On the morning of May 12, 2015, the Senate passed HB 2680, which will soon move to the Governor’s desk for signing. The following statement can be attributed to Oregon Education Association President Hanna Vaandering:
“Today the Oregon Senate took one of the most important steps in moving us down a new path toward a better system of assessment. By passing HB2680 the Continue Reading
The Wholistic Peace Institute (WPI) Announces the 7th Annual Harold Schnitzer Spirit of Unity Awards
“It is not enough to teach children how to read, write, and count. Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the worlds in which we live, and help people forge more just, inclusive and peaceful societies”. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon
HB 2655 expands parental rights to opt students out of high-stakes statewide assessments and creates a 'Student Assessment Bill of Rights' so students and parents can ensure that learning is a higher priority than testing.
Teachers give us so much. A boost of confidence when we really need one. Extra help when we’re having trouble. A welcoming presence when everything else seems out of control. And though we know we can’t ever thank them enough, we can take a moment during National Teacher Appreciation Week to share our appreciation for the special educators in our lives.
Your ballot for the May 19 primary election has arrived, but now the big question remains - who (and what) to vote for? OEA has published a handy list of local school board and bond/levy campaign recommendations. Our candidates have been endorsed by their local associations as strong advocates for public education and a supporter of union values.
Today, April 30, 2015, the Oregon Supreme Court reaffirmed that the state must fulfill its contractual pension promises. Educators, fire fighters, nurses, public safety officers and thousands of other front-line public workers in Oregon can rest easier now, knowing that their contractual pension benefits are secure.
The recession hit Oregon hard. As thousands lost their jobs, tax revenues declined and the state had to make painful cuts to schools and critical services. Thousands of educators were laid off and class sizes ballooned, and programs failed to keep up with the growing needs of seniors and the most vulnerable.
Legislators were recently issued a challenge by OEA members: we asked them to take the Smarter Balanced practice test, the closest thing that comes to the one our children have been taking throughout the state over the past six weeks.
Why? There has been growing concern about the harmful impact this standardized test has on our students and schools. Have Continue Reading
OEA Honors Outstanding Members and Supporters of Public Education
During the 2015 OEA Representative Assembly, more than 600 member delegates gathered to conduct Association business, elect officers, and honor fellow members for their service to the OEA and to Oregon's public schools and community colleges. Check out OEA's gallery of OEA-RA photos for pictures of Continue Reading
Over this past year, Oregon educators have been sounding the alarm on the harmful impacts of high-stakes standard assessments on students, and the need for Oregon to find a better way to support student learning.
How will potential 2015-17 State School Fund Levels impact the future of Oregon's students?
A new poster, published by the OEA and our partners at COSA, OAESD, Oregon ASBO, Oregon PTA, OSEA, OSBA, and the Promise of Oregon, gives a stunning visual representation to the impacts of proposed State School Fund levels on our students and their schools. The poster is Continue Reading
The 2015 Oregon Legislative Session is in full swing, and OEA is working closely with legislators on behalf of you, your students, and the issues you know are so important to our public schools and community colleges. Curious to know what OEA's main priorities are this Legislative session? Head over to our Legislative page, where you'll find a detailed summary of Continue Reading