Category Archives: OEA News

Become an Education Advocate Leader

Education Advocate Leaders (EALs) are members! They strengthen their local associations legislative and political grassroots capacity year-round, by engaging fellow members around legislative and political campaigns.Each local can have up to three Education Advocate Leaders one to represent primary, intermediate, and secondary educators or one to represent the different classifications in a classified local, SCOPE or Higher Ed. Central OEA/NEA will provide a $100 stipend to each local Education Advocate Leader.To become an Education Advocate Leader apply online: list of criteria for receiving the Education Advocate Leader stipend follows.
Mandatory Criteria:

  • Communicate with your local/colleagues on education issues
  • Contribute to the OEA Fund for Children and Public Education
  • Recruit at least 10 colleagues to receive Central ACE’s emails and send their addresses to
  • Attend an Education Advocate Leader training session

Strongly Recommended:

  • Play an active role in local election activities
  • Attend at least 1 OEA phone bank or canvass
  • Like and Share Central Social Media Content

Stipends are paid in December to Education Advocate Leaders who have completed all the mandatory requirements.Education Advocate Leader training details: Three (3) training opportunities are available:
May 14, 2020 @ 5:00pm at the Simon Kenton Inn, Springfield
May 19, 2020 @ 5:00pm at the Central Office
Jun 15, 2020 @ 2:00pm at the Airport MarriottRegister for a training by logging in to your Central account, where you will be taken to a list of events, then select “Going” from the drop-down of the training session you wish to attend.Topics covered will include:

  • Communication & Involvement (sign up colleagues to ACE’s list, disseminating info to your local)
  • How to deliver an effective message
  • 10 Reasons to belong to OEA
  • Cyber lobbying, and engaging Central, OEA, NEA Social Media
  • Understanding what FCPE is & is not
  • Statehouse lobbying
  • EAL Stipend Criteria
  • Campaign 2020
  • NEA Strong Public Schools

To apply to become an Education Advocate Leader apply online:

Attend the OEA Member Lobby on March 25

Make Your Voice Heard at the OEA Member Lobby Day.

When: March 25th

Where: Join your colleagues at the OEA HQ Media Center, located at 225 E. Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio at 9:00 a.m. for an hour-long briefing before meeting with your legislators.

Register to attend lobby day and sign in at the briefing to be eligible for up to $50 reimbursement covering mileage, lunch and parking. Simply submit an expense form with receipts.

To register, Log in
Scroll down and click on Member Lobby Day
Select “Going” from the drop down menu. Wait a moment for it to register
That’s it!

Locals can apply for a Lobby Day Substitute Grant to cover the cost of a substitute for a member who attends lobby day.

Details and an application: HereCentral will make appointments with legislators on your behalf if you register before March 11th, and we’ll have an itinerary and expense form for you at the conclusion of the OEA briefing.Thanks for all you do!

Power Up! and Diversity 2020 Conference

Join us on February 29, 2020 at Clark Hall, Gahanna High School where we will be hosting a Professional development double bill. Members can choose to attend either the Power Up! professional development conference or the Diversity conference. During the conferences we will also have an engagement fair.

* * * These conferences, as with all of Centrals conferences, are free for all Central OEA members.
* * * Earn CEU’s which can be used toward license renewal, network with colleagues, and Power Up with relevant, timely PD! Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Conference Agendas

8:45 Registration
9:30 – 2:00 Sessions
11:30-12:30 Lunch & Engagement Fair
2:15 Closing & evaluations
2:45 (approximately) Networking at Rusty Bucket

Register for either conference here.

Detailed information for the Diversity Conference here.


OEA Calls For Sweeping Changes To State Report Cards

Members of the Ohio Education Association (OEA) voted unanimously at their December 7th Representative Assembly to recommend a set of comprehensive reforms to the state report card system. The proposed reforms are based on a survey of OEA members about what they believe should be included in a more accurate and useful state report card for Ohio schools. Specifically, OEA calls on the General Assembly to replace letter grades with a system that provides more detailed and useful information on the performance of individual students and key sub-groups.

Instead of a cookie-cutter approach to state report cards, OEA envisions a system that uses a performance dashboard and a student opportunity profile that have proven successful in other states, such as Oregon and Massachusetts, in informing educators, parents, elected officials and policy makers of how districts and schools are faring.

In a recent survey of more than 1,400 OEA members, 96% indicated they do not believe the current state report card system fairly assesses Ohio schools, and 89.4% support the elimination of A-F grades.

“Now is the time to end the destructive practice of rating schools and districts on misleading and punitive A-F letter grades that shame public educators for the poverty of their students,” said OEA President Scott DiMauro. “Studies consistently show that there is a direct correlation between ratings and wealth, and for too long, low ratings have been used as cover for diverting taxpayer resources to unaccountable charter and private schools and as an excuse to punish communities and educators by depriving them of local control and collective bargaining rights through state takeover schemes.”

OEA’s recommended reforms include information on the demographic and financial make-up of schools and districts, and a performance dashboard on how well students are learning that includes three-year trends and comparisons to district and statewide averages. A proposed student opportunity profile would provide detailed information on what students have been offered to enhance their success.

“Current report cards in Ohio are overly complicated, depriving parents, policymakers and communities of understandable information that demonstrates how schools are really doing in providing opportunities for learning to students,” said DiMauro. “A new system is needed to ensure transparency, accountability, and fairness with the aim of identifying areas in need of improvement and empowering local stakeholders to make decisions that direct resources where they are most needed.”

To read the details of what was approved by the OEA Representative Assembly, click here.