lobby days – testing

if anyone is interested let me know…

and if you need a few good reasons to lobby – here are 10

 OEA’s next lobby day is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14.  This lobby day will focus on testing.  We are urging our elected officials to do four things:

• reduce the amount of time spent on student testing,

• address problems in administering  the tests,

• use the data appropriately so it helps students,

• and allow enough time to get the implementation right.

The Senate Education Chair, Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering), recently announced the formation of the Senate Advisory Committee on Testing, made up of 28 members including teachers, superintendents and curriculum specialists.  Three of your fellow OEA members were named to the committee.   You can read more about the advisory committee and the work they are doing by clicking here.
To RSVP for the April 14th Lobby Day, please click here.  A briefing from OEA’s officers and lobbyists will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Media Center at OEA Headquarters (225 East Broad Street, Columbus, 43215).  Parking is available at nearby surface lots, in the parking garage just south of the OEA building or at parking meters located on 5th & Broad Streets.
Please be sure to schedule a meeting with your legislators prior to attending lobby day.  Contact information for members of the House and Senate can be found by going to www.legislature.ohio.gov.
 Additional OEA Lobby Day Dates
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
(The OEA Legislative Reception has been scheduled for the evening of May 13. More information will be forthcoming, please contact Briana McKay at mckayb@ohea.org with questions.)
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 (Tentative)



downloadhi all – so here is the deal – next Tuesday 3/3 @ 2:45 at the High School and then again on Thursday – 3/5 NHEA is sponsoring discussions of your pension plans – (this is very important for new teachers) – you now have to pick what type of plan you want – there is a choice of three:

  • Defined Benefit Plan
  • Defined Contribution Plan
  • Combined Plan

you have a five year window to pick your plan – so come learn the terms and what each entails…we will have a session at the HS @ 2:45 on 3/3 to accommodate HS and LE staff – THIS MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE IN OUR GOOGLE LAB…ROOM 205 and then the next session that day will be a at 4:00 (see below RE the PLOP)…we will come around to other elementary buildings and the middle school at later dates.   YES WE WILL COME TO YOU!!... the next sessions with be on Thursday 3/5 – 3:00 at the Middle School and 4:00 at Ledgeview  –  however – feel free to come to any of the presentations you like or as your schedule permits – but our goal is to come out to all buildings – it will just take a lil more time as we coordinate with our presenters – and speaking of…Our presenters will be from Simplified Pension Solutions.  They are Matt Slain and Mike Clayton

check the Calendar here for more details if you need them…

we will also have a present for those getting close to retirement RE the PLOP! – Partial Lump sum Option


This presentation is dedicated to those within five to seven years of retirement.  Deciding on which option to elect at retirement is the most significant financial decision in a public employee’s life.  Compiling years of service, accounting for purchased time as well as time spent in other public systems can seem like daunting tasks.  The same can be said for evaluating opportunities like the Partial Lump Sum Option Plan (PLOP) and whether or not it is an appropriate decision for your household.  No one ever regrets individualizing their retirement options and taking control of their future.  THIS WILL BE ON MARCH 3 @ 4:00 IN NORTHFIELD AS IT IS MORE CENTRAL TO ALL…WE ARE STILL WORKING ON A LOCATION.


special ops


hey all – we have a special opportunity for all our staff – NHEA is sitting up two seminars about your retirement – please attend – especially all you out there with around 5 years or less in education – you really need to attend this – the choices you make now about your retirement are more important than ever – these two sessions will be on FEB 19 – there will be one session at around 2:45ish (we will decide the exact times at our next exec session) and then one at around 4 for our elementary staff…this company specializes in Public Pensions! – they are SPS - Simplified Pensions Solutions – please come – short present to explain some terms and get you acquainted…SPS presented to another association and here is an example of what to expect:

  • What are the three pension plan options available to an Ohio STRS/SERS employee?
  • What do all of the different acronyms stand for on my annual pension statement?
  • How do they calculate the percentages found on my annual pension statement?
  • Will all of the changes to the pension plan over the last few years impact me and my family?
  • All of the information is intended for everyone regardless of experience.  In fact, it may be more valuable for those just beginning their careers.
  • The presenters  ARE NOT 403(b) vendors and are not there to solicit products.  

HEY RETIREES  - we will have a special session for you on March  3 RE the PLOP




fresh start

downloadhello all – hope you had a good holiday and Happy New Year…so a few things…

Mega Conference – please consider attending the NEOEA mega conference – this link will show you the sessions and let me know if you are interested – it really is a good conference – there is a session in there about your pension that is geared for new teachers – i heard the presenters speak tonight and i  would encourage every new teacher in the district with 5 or less year so hear them – i am think of lining them up to come speak to us – so if you can not attend the conference look for the announcement.

there is also a cross country ski outing on being sponsored by NEOEA…Saturday Jan. 24 at Chapin Forest…6:00 pm –  it is only 4$…I think they are giving lessons if needed – and the course is lit up at night – as of now – and weather permitting, I will attend…give me a shout if you are interested or will be there…

…your NHEA exec team wants to collect current address and phone numbers for all of you – it came to our attention when sending flowers and the like for some “sunshine” in your times of need that we do not have current addresses and it is making getting you some “sun” difficult – some of you have moved and what not – our sunshine committee has had some flowers and what not returned – thanks for your understanding with this – myself and only one other will have access to the info – FYI…submit below...thank you! – 


heads up…

The Governor would privatize Youngstown City Schools

According to a November 20 Youngstown Vindicator article, the state representative-elect from Youngstown said the Governor told her he would like to shut down Youngstown City Schools and replace the district with a great charter school. Could this happen? That scheme already exists in New Orleans. Look for it in the state budget bill to be unveiled by the Governor in February 2015.

Ohio law provides that charters are privately-operated entities with near zero accountability and transparency. A charterized Youngstown School system would signal that a private, non-transparent, unaccountable system is superior to a publicly-controlled, accountable, transparent system. It would signal that privatization is superior to democracy. It would tell the world that democracy has failed in Youngstown Ohio. What is next? A privatized city council for Youngstown?

Ohioans better wake up to the erosion of democracy via the charter school scheme. If the complete privatization of pubic K-12 education happens, democracy will be history.


5 star local

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lil update for you…NHEA became a 5 star local – here is how we got there…

we have sent reps to NEOEA rep assemblies

reps to OEA rep assemblies

attended NEOEA workshops

sent REPs to the joint Uniserve Council (Nate is Co Chair of this BTW)

we have submitted grant applications – and gotten everyone we have applied for…:-)