Please join your colleagues at OEA’s next lobby day on Wednesday, June 10, 2015.
The state budget will be very much on the minds of state lawmakers as they seek to complete action before the end of June. Bills that address charter school reforms and student testing are also expected to be under active consideration. It’s important that legislators hear from as many of us as possible on each of these issues.
How and where the state spends taxpayer dollars has a broad impact. Please consider inviting a board member, bringing along your superintendent or even a concerned parent so they too can share their perspectives with legislators.
Be sure to schedule a meeting with your legislators prior to attending lobby day. You can easily find their contact information by going to www.legislature.ohio.gov and entering your zip code.
Central OEA/NEA will provide a $100 stipend (and an Education Advocate tee-shirt) to each local Education Advocate Leader.
This stipend is being provided as an incentive to help locals become more involved and effective in grass roots political action.
A list of criteria for receiving the Education Advocate Leader stipend follows.
Communicate with the Political Action Coordinator (PAC), local president, and members.
Needs be a contributor to the OEA Fund for Children and Public Education.
Needs to recruit 10 other members to participate in Central’s ACES program (www.centraloeanea.org/advocate), or provide proof of cyber lobbying a legislator.
Attend the Education Advocate Leader training, or approved Central OEA/NEA event. Examples: Central Winter Leadership Conference in early March, OEA Leadership Conference in the summer, or local training developed by the political action coordinators..
Attend an OEA Lobby Day.
Play an active role in local election activities.
Attend an area meeting.
Each local can have up to three Education Advocate Leaders (one to represent primary, immediate, and secondary educators or one to represent the different classifications in a classified local, SCOPE or Higher Ed.).
All earned stipends will be paid out in November, and based upon meeting all the mandatory criteria.
Training sessions for Education Advocate Leaders will be scheduled in April 2015 at each of the Central Area meetings, attendees will receive a $50 stipend.
Are you tired of SLOs? Testing? 3rd grade reading guarantee? Being told year after year to "just do more with less" and that you have it too good? Then you can make a difference with minimal effort. Being informed is half the battle.