Category Archives: OEA News

A MESSAGE FROM CENTRAL OEA/NEA:

Valued Central Members,

We have some exciting professional development opportunities being planned for the new year by our Membership Development and Engagement committees.

The first is our annual Diversity Conference on January 30th. Our theme for this virtual conference will be Journey to Justice.

We will be announcing details of 2 tracks – a personal growth track and a professional growth track very soon.

Our second opportunity will be Power Up! on March 6th. This will also be virtual. Details coming soon!

Both of these conferences will earn CEU’s!

Keep an eye out for the Winter issue of the Communique – it will have details of scholarships available for OEA and NEA trainings.

Finally, We have another Speaker Series Discussion on Race scheduled for November 24th at 6pm. Registration details can be found on our website at www.centraloeanea.org.

All of these opportunities are free for Central OEA/NEA members.

Fund For Children & Public Education

Who Is Telling Our Story?

 

The Fund for Children and Public Education (FCPE) is a non-partisan, political action fund for candidates who support the values of public educators.

 

The law prohibits members’ dues dollars being used for contributions to candidates for office; therefore, the voluntary FCPE contributions you make are one of the ways we tell the story of what we believe. We believe…

  • Teachers and Support Staff are committed to the success of every child.
  • Students need to be at the center of education reform.
  • To ensure the success of every child, teachers, students, parents, and POLITICIANS need to be held accountable.

 

FCPE is ultimately about issues, not candidates. If you care about any of the following issues:

  • Class Size
  • Standardized Tests
  • Salary
  • Common Core
  • Evaluations
  • Value-Added
  • Working Conditions
  • Retirement

Then FCPE is important to you, too.
By becoming politically active, we don’t guarantee ourselves success in public policy debates, but it does guarantee us a seat at the policy-making table and allows us to tell our story.

 

If your local would like assistance with your FCPE program, or would like help organizing a FCPE drive, please contact Central’s FCPE Political Action Coordinator, here.

Attention Members!

The OEA Day of Collaboration: Distance Education Webinar Series is an OEA member program that will focus on member to member collaboration and expertise as a capacity building strategy to strengthen OEA members’ ability to improve student success during this unprecedented COVID-19 Pandemic.  This webinar series will address important distance education topics and provide an opportunity for OEA members across Ohio to share information, insights, resources and learn from each other. This series will take place on Mondays from 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM, starting August 10, 2020.

Monday, August 10, 2020  –  Webinar Topic: Remote Learning Plans

Time: 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

Registration Link: Zoom Registration – August 10 Distance Learning Plans

Description: This webinar will provide OEA members with an opportunity to understand the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Remote Learning Plan guidance for the 2020 – 2021 school year.

Guest Speaker(s): 
Jennifer Stump, Policy Staff
Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs, Ohio Department of Education

Contact:
Demetrice Davis, OEA Education Policy and Practice Consultant
Email: davisdem@ohea.org

A Message from Scott DiMauro, OEA President

Today, the OEA Board of Directors acted unanimously to adopt a position statement on safe and equitable reopening plans for schools and campus buildings for the 2020-2021 academic year. (Click here to view) Bottom line: Ohio’s schools and campuses should only reopen for in-person instruction when conditions are met that ensure the safety of students, educators, education support professionals, their families and communities.  We are calling on strict adherence across the state to public health standards based on CDC guidelines, including six-foot physical distancing and masks or face coverings for all staff, students and visitors.  Counties designated by the state as Level 4 (purple) or Level 3 (red) must open only for remote learning.

The Board took this position after considering feedback of members across the state.  In a poll just completed last week, 69% of our members told us they don’t think it will be safe to reopen schools.  As your union leaders and fellow members continue advocating at the local level, we are taking this step to support those organizing efforts to protect your health and safety and that of your students and loved ones.  Know that at all levels of our union, we have your back.

Our advocacy is strengthened by the incredible work each of you lead in your own locals every day.  We are also strengthened by our affiliation with a powerful national union, the NEA, which continues to offer invaluable support and guidance.  I encourage you to participate in tonight’s virtual town hall: “All Hands on Deck: Reopening Schools Safely and Equitably.” Click here to join.

OEA Testifies in Opposition to Senate Bill 320

Headliner

On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, OEA President Scott DiMauro presented opponent testimony on Senate Bill 320 (Matt Huffman-Lima) to the Senate Education Committee.  The bill would leave decisions on reopening schools for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year in the hands of local school district boards of education and would prohibit state officials from preventing reopening, ordering closings, or requiring school districts to adopt health safety measures and guidelines for addressing COVID-19.

In his testimony, President DiMauro stated, “OEA’s top priority remains the health and safety of our students, members, and the communities we serve. OEA believes that any decision on re-opening schools next year must be driven by guidance from public health officials. While OEA supports local control, we also support the authority of the Governor and public health officials to make decisions that are data-driven and scientifically-based to keep our students and educators safe.”

Click here to read the entire SB 320 testimony.