Legislative Watch – February 20, 2024

REMINDER: Voter Registration Deadline and Early Voting Dates for March 19, 2024, Primary Election; OEA Issues First Round of Candidate Recommendations for the 2024 Election; Call to Action: Urge your Legislators to Fully Fund the State Board, don’t increase educator licensure fees; Voucher Accountability Bill Introduced; Anti-Lunch Shaming Bill Introduced in Ohio House; New Bill will Accomplish OEA Goal of $50k State Minimum Starting Teacher Salary

Take Action to Stop Teacher License Fee Increase

Teachers Deserve Support and Respect, not License Fee Increases. Contact your State Representative and State Senator today to fully fund the State Board of Education instead of passing costs onto the backs of hardworking teachers.

Ask Your State Senator to Support HCR 6: Urging Congress to Repeal GPO and WEP

House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 6 is a resolution that urges Congress to repeal GPO and WEP. Write to your State Senator today and urge them to support this resolution. By doing so they will be standing up for Ohio's public servants and help to improve their economic security in retirement

Student Loan Forgiveness

Members are encouraged to join NEA Member Benefits for a ZOOM session to learn more about Public Service Loan Forgiveness and what you might need to do to qualify. February 14, 15 & 17, join the session and time most convenient for you.

Legislative Watch – February 6, 2024

Contact Your Member of Congress About the Need to Repeal GPO/WEP; Ohio General Assembly Overrides Governor’s Veto of HB (House Bill) 68 

Annual Student Art Contest

Ohio Schools Magazine is looking for some creative cover ideas... and students' thoughts on what makes their school great! The contest deadline to enter is March 1, 2023.

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Classic for Columbus

OEA is a proud partner for the Classic for Columbus Annual College Basketball All-Star Game & Celebrity Extravaganza | April 20, 2024 OEA members receive a discount on event tickets.

Legislative Watch – December 18, 2023

Ohio General Assembly Concludes Work for 2023; OEA Asks Members to Call Governor DeWine to Urge Veto of HB 68

Legislative Watch – December 11, 2023

House Passes Resolution on GPO and WEP Repeal; Passes Bill Regarding STRS Board Elections and Student Teacher Eligibility; Please Continue your Advocacy Opposing SB 83, the Higher Education “Destruction” Act

Legislative Watch – December 8, 2023

Senate Bill 83 Narrowly Passes out of the Ohio House Higher Education Committee

Bad for students. Bad for higher education. Bad for Ohio.

URGENT: Urge your State Representative to Oppose SB 83, the Higher Education “Destruction” Act.

Legislative Watch – December 4, 2023

Senate Bill 83 Continues to Receive Substantial Opposition; OEA Launches Updated Legislative Scorecard; Take Action on GPO/WEP Repeal

Ohio Pension Plans
December 2023 OEA Retirement Systems Update

Report to the OEA Board of Directors: December 2023 — the State Teachers Retirement System, the School Employees Retirement System, & the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System.

OEA & NEA recommend Sen. Brown for re-election to US Senate
OEA & NEA recommend Sen. Brown for re-election to US Senate

Ohio Education Association and National Education Association recommend Sen. Sherrod Brown for re-election to the US Senate

Public Education Matters

Public Education Matters is an initiative that uplifts the united voices of OEA members to ensure that educators, students, and communities receive fully funded and supported public schools

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Nine Grad Credit Hours for $200

The Ohio Education Association (OEA) has partnered with Ursuline College and VESi to offer members a yearly subscription to online graduate courses. This exclusive benefit is only available to OEA members.

Education Champions
Celebrate Ohio’s exceptional educators!

Ohio’s educators make a difference in their students’ lives every day. From classroom teachers to paraeducators, professors, bus drivers, school secretaries, custodians, and more, Ohio’s public school employees have dedicated their lives to serving our kids and making our schools great. Help recognize an Education Champion by nominating a special educator!

Public Sector Employment and Political Activism: Using Your Voice While Protecting Your Job

The First Amendment protects all citizens of the United States by limiting the government’s ability to abridge freedom of speech. However, when the government is also a person’s employer things can become a bit more complicated.

Your OEA membership is there to support you in the important, life-changing work that you’re doing. Visit OEA ACCESS to unlock even more dining, travel, auto, retail, and recreational discounts.

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OEA Legal Services — Protecting Your Rights

The high cost of hiring an attorney to protect employment rights should not be a deterrent to an OEA member. Each year, the OEA-NEA Legal Services Program provides paid legal representation to members who are forced to take legal action in a matter relating to their job.

Wellness Issues and Resources

There is currently an increased need to provide OEA members with information and resource offerings in relation to stress/wellness. This is a roundup of resources to support student and staff mental health.

EdPro Connect

Ohio Education Association’s Education Professional Connection (EdPro Connect) provides background and resources on the most current topics in public education. Each EdPro Connect entry features insights from OEA professionals as well as links to additional resources

Month-at-Glance — Featured Events

OEA Master Calendar

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