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…:-)



value added info…



On Wednesday, the Ohio Department of Education sent information to superintendents and organizations representing educators. (We have posted that email atneoea.org/MembEd/VAemail2014-11-05.pdf and our cover letter at neoea.org/MembEd/letterVAappeals.pdf and included both in the Presidents’ Packet.) Teachers for whom the state is compiling Value Added data were to receive login instructions by Thursday, November 6. They have until Wednesday, November 26, to appeal any incorrect information there. NEOEA’s Representative Assembly urges those teachers to check the posted data and to use the appeals process afforded to them. The appeals process is available at education.ohio.gov/Topics/Data/EMIS/Reporting-Responsibilities/Data-Appeals/2014-Teacher-Value-Added-Appeals.

and if anyone is interested in this…this might be good in lieu of the 5 of 8 issue spoke of in other post...

The Cleveland City Club has a luncheon program on Wednesday, November 19, entitled “Proven Models of Music for Educational Growth.” We have a few seats at this event and are making them available free to presidents and their designees. Information is available atcityclub.org/events/proven-models-of-music-for-educational-growth–2. Please let us know if you or one of your members (perhaps a music educator) are interested in attending; the best way is with an email to desk@neoea.org.

lets get it started in here…

been a while since last post – still reeling from election stuff…disappointed for sure…how so many people are apathetic about their own self interest is beyond me…lowest turnout in 72 years nationally – and in Ohio the vote was “the lowest in modern times”…under 40%…with that said…all of us know a music, art, PE, school nurse, etc…#ohio5of8…if you have not been paying attention – not voting has repercussions…already.

so if you want another chance to get involved…let me know if you are interested – you can take a day for association business in most cases…

Don’t forget—OEA’s next Member Lobby Day is taking place on Wednesday, November 19th.  Before going to meet with your legislators, OEA’s Officers and Government Relations staff will brief you on the latest information regarding student testing (including the “3-year Safe Harbor” bill) and provide details for you to help educate legislators on the importance of preserving the “5 of 8 Rule” in Ohio’s Operating Standards. In addition, the briefing will cover the need to oppose efforts to remove the state teachers single and minimum salary schedule from statute.RSVP for the briefing at OEA Headquarters by clicking here.  Find contact information for your legislators by visiting – www.legislature.state.oh.us.  If you have questions, please contact OEA Government Relations at 1-800-282-1500 x3170 orparsleyj@ohea.org.

The Ohio General Assembly will be back in session the week after the November elections and OEA expects the remainder of 2014 to be a busy time as lawmakers try to complete their legislative work.   Member Lobby Days are an opportunity for OEA members to engage with legislators on issues important to public education.

STAND UP for public education and register for OEA’s next Member Lobby Day scheduled for Wednesday, November 19, 2014.

Join your colleagues at the OEA Headquarters’ 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.

**Keep in mind that you are responsible for contacting your legislators to schedule a meeting with them for November 19th.  If possible, try to schedule your meetings after 10:00 a.m.  Find contact info for your legislators by visiting www.legislature.state.oh.us**

If you have questions about OEA’s Member Lobby Day, please email Julie Parsley at parsleyj@ohea.org, or call OEA Government Relations at 1-800-282-1500.


few weeks til election day…


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…in looking through this cheat sheet – I do not see HD 38 (mine by the way) – if that is yours as well – Tim Crawford is the endorsed candidate…I had the chance to meet and introduce him at a “meet the candidates” session – he supports public education!!

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…