few weeks til election day…

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this is a really important election – we need to get out and vote – at the last governors race Ted Strickland lost by only 70,000 votes – if OEA members had turned out like they did in previous elections – or like they did for Senate Bill 5 – we would not have OTES, PAARC, charter schools, 3rd grade reading, etc, etc !!  ANY of it – this was all brought to us by our current administration…

so with that in mind here are some great organizing tools brought to you by OEA –
Ohioballot.com – this site an organizing tool for all those candidates that support public education – in YOUR area – put in your zip code and BAM – take it with you to the polls…early voting is available now.

THE AWESOME CHEAT SHEET CREATED BY ERIN T

action.ohea.org…please take the pledge…

here is some more bios about candidates for state school board and districts around Ohio

please refer the importance of public education to your friends and family using this feature…use this tool to get a lil active – you can sign in with FB or email.

Early voting starts 10/7 – vote early and your name is less likely to appear on phone and email lists!! BONUS!

PHONE BANKS – please get involved – these will be member to member phone banks …so you will only be talking to other OEA members…dates are 10/14, 10/21, 10/28 at the OEA office in Hudson…they will even feed you a bit – give as much time as you can.

also check out this site and get the word out knowyourcharter.com – you will be amazed at how much PUBLIC money – YOUR MONEY is being spent at schools that are under performing and not held to the same standards! – my school is Copley – I put this into the search – turns out that Copley has a B rating and gives over $327,000 dollars to 10 different charter schools that do not do as well – they all had lower scores on a state report card.

If we get people out PUBLIC EDUCATION WINS…

I will update this as things come in and you will see it multiple times in the next few weeks…

few announcements…

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Hello all – some upNates for you…

HERE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT INFO FOR YOU…as you know – this November is an important election for Ohio and education with the Governors race and other various races throughout the state…OEA has compiled a list of all the candidates and are Pro-Public Education…from both parties…especially pay attention to those that are for the State School Board…

here is a link to that list of candidates and to a power point present that was given to local presidents by OEA…it details the importance and the potential impact of this election…there are those being appointed to the state board that really wish to undermine public education – some of those state board positions are elected…that is where YOU come in…we all know there are charter schools that are under performing and taking away state $$ – get involved and VOTE…I think you can already start voting early…

YOU REALLY NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO THIS – YOUR FUTURE EMPLOYMENT IS AT STAKE!!  I am not being dramatic with this = please get out and vote this mid term…and yes a I am shouting just a bit…:-)…IN ORDER TO HELP WITH THIS – ERIN TONG CREATED THIS GREAT CHEAT SHEET

…and I understand Fitzgerald has had some trouble as of late – but the alternative is surely worse for your economic well being…and yes, this is a tad partisan – but that is the way it is for the Governors race…:-) - AND ANOTHER RESOURCE - a nice break down on where the candidates stand on issues = take this with you to vote WHEN YOU DO!!…not voting is NOT A GOOD CHOICE!!

and don’t forget about…

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and in local news…

this is from one of our own…

Lisa Bass was chosen for the America Achieves Fellowship. Someone at ODE nominated her for this Fellowship. We are thrilled to have her chosen to participate in this and represent Nordonia! This is a huge opportunity for educators to be heard and improve our field and she will get to share it with us all! There were only 40 people in the USA who were selected for this fellowship. She went through an extensive application process, multiple interviews, shared a video of her classroom teaching and other questionnaires in the selection process.

NHEA is proud to have her represent us…

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welcome back everyone…

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hope this finds you well – i know it has been a busy week and a lil stressful as well – remember to breathe and go to your special calming station…:-)

voting should be done by the end of the day today…was talking to Anne today – and she reminded me that we (the bargaining) team have been with all of this for the entire summer – you all, have just now had it dropped in your laps – I really do appreciate and hear your concerns – but unfortunately this is how it is and the time table we are on…

couple announcements = don’t forget about FCPE please – you can donate here from our site – please consider 1 dollar per pay for public education!!

also – OEA is coming out with a calender app for your phone – will give more details when it goes live!!

have a good day – and weekend.

Nate

 

 

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Facebook link

okay – so we now have another organizing tool for NHEA – take a look at our new FB page – there is a link to the left…this is meant to be a way to keep us all a little more connected and in touch with what is going on – locally, at the state level and even nationally…it is not to be a forum for all types of gripes and the like..:-) – those can be sent directly to me – just kidding…:-) – go ahead and “like” us and then recommend to other staff – I want to keep it mostly staff oriented – so lets endeavor to keep it that way…I am working on a way to link our blog updates to this page as well – will see how it goes…

thanks.

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over the hump

…well – i guess it is time to dust off web skills and start getting back to keeping up with our site for what is sure to be an interesting year…

Anne and I just got back from the NEOEA summer leadership conference this past week and I will be headed to the Emerging Leader Conference put on by OEA on Aug 4-6…i have been accepted into a “class” within this conference that focuses on leader development…should be a good conference – all this is supported/funded by OEA.

Also check out this site…good information to keep you informed on what is happening in education within Ohio…and don’t forget you can still contribute to the fund below…we have a serious fight on our hands in the governors race in Ohio…not kidding.

See you soon.

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pay attention in ohio

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Taken from the Diane Ravitch blog – historical fact – when associations were strong in the country – we were number one economically…

What have unions done for working people? Reduced working hours, improved working conditions. Think of the Triangle Waist Fire. Think of Chinese factories where workers live in dormitories 24/7 and work long hours seven days a week in dangerous conditions.

Here is the CTU statement on the Harris v. Quinn ruling:

” CTU Stands in Solidarity With Home Care Workers in
Wake of Harris v. Quinn Ruling

CHICAGO –Today, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis released the following statement upon the announcing of a decision in the Harris v. Quinn ruling:

“This unfortunate court decision will not deter Illinois health workers from fighting for democracy and employment security nor consumers who deserve to have quality healthcare services. It is ironic that this ruling comes as the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act in which hard won gains are slowly being rolled back,” Lewis said.

“It is therefore fitting that I echo the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who said: ‘In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, as “right-to-work,” it provides no “rights” and no “works.” Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining…. We demand this fraud be stopped….’

“Harris v. Quinn proves that organized labor must be vigilant and deliberate in our fight against the right-to-work efforts trying to muddy our state and disrupt the quality of life for thousands of citizens. The CTU joins our brothers and sisters impacted by this ruling and stand in solidarity in this fight for economic and social justice.”

AND SOME MORE INFORMATION HERE…