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
Educator Voices Matter!
Share Your Experience About Assessment
Your voice is important in providing meaningful feedback on the Smarter Balanced assessment. Please take a few moments and complete the survey on your experience and the experience of your students in preparing for and taking the Smarter Balanced. By providing your input, you will allow the OEA to 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
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HB 2655: Empowering Students and Parents
Your Senator needs to hear from you NOW
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.
The bill is important because it clarifies and strengthens Continue Reading
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.
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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.
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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.
Years later, we’re still seeing the effects of those Continue Reading
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.
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
2015 OEA Summer Conference: Organizing for the Schools Our Students Deserve!
July 28-30, 2015
This year’s Summer Leadership Conference will be held at Sunriver Resort, just outside of Bend. We will be staying in beautiful condos with kitchens and living rooms. These accommodations will enhance your local team’s ability to strategize the next steps of our Continue Reading
Rick Stiggins, founder of the Assessment Training Institute, speaks about the importance of OEA's effort to develop A New Path for Oregon - a system of assessment that empowers meaningful student learning.
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
We have an enormous opportunity on our hands to make serious changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)/so-called No child Left Behind.
Both the House and Senate are now fully underway in the most serious effort to rewrite the law since the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)/so-called No child Left Behind passage in 2002. This means Continue Reading
Thank you to the nearly 100 participants who took part in OEA's first annual Organizing Summit, March 13-15 in Eugene, Ore. We are inspired by the incredible work and dedication of our attendees and look forward to mobilizing the skills we learned to win the revenue we need to fully fund public education and create the Schools Our Students Deserve.
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