Two NEA Opportunities for Classified Employees

Please notify your president if you are interested in either of these opportunities:

The first is an opportunity for nomination for an Emerging Leader and an Advanced Leader to attend the NEA ESP Conference in March 5 – 8, 2015 in New Orleans.  Submission of this form is a change from the past nominations as previously just an email was sent in by the nominee or nominator.  The form can be mailed, emailed or faxed to Linda Hofacker but must be received by the deadline date.  The deadline for this application is Wednesday, January 7, 2015.  No applications will be accepted after that date. 

The second attachment  is a scholarship opportunity for your ESP locals to attend the Ohio Association of Educational Support Professionals (OAESP) Statewide conference to be held March 27-28, 2015.  The deadline for this application is January 30, 2015 and no applications be accepted after that date.   General registration for the conference will open January 31, 2015 and run through February 28, 2015.

5 out of 8 Rule is Removed by State Board of Education

December 10, 2014

Reaction to the State Board of Education removal of ratios from the Operating Standards

  The following statement is attributed to Becky Higgins, president of the Ohio Education Association:

“The OEA is disappointed that the State Board of Education removed ratios from Rule 5 of the Operating Standards that would have maintained a specific minimum staffing level for “educational service personnel.”

“OEA members made their voices heard loudly and clearly in advocating for the retention of the “5 of 8” rule.   In alliance with parents and supportive community members all over the state, we offered testimony, wrote letters, and made phone calls to members of the State Board, and we generated well over 70,000 email contacts with board members.  This advocacy certainly made a difference, but it will require continued vigilance at the local level to ensure school districts consider the needs of the whole child when making staffing decisions for their schools.”

“We do, however, acknowledge that the Board made substantial improvements over the previous proposed rule change.  In particular, the Board took an important step forward in its decision to direct the Accountability Committee to develop a method for reporting the number of school nurses, counselors, librarians, social workers, and teachers of fine arts, music and physical education on local school district report cards. It moves the Board closer to living up to its responsibility to establish standards that ensure a well-rounded high-quality public education for all of Ohio’s students.  We expect the State Board to do even more to make certain schools meet the expectations it lays out in its rules.”

“We hope local districts will get the message that licensed professionals in all of these areas are essential to support the needs of the whole child and that the state legislature will follow suit by ensuring all districts have the resources necessary to meet those needs.”

The Ohio Education Association represents 121,000 teachers, faculty members and support professionals in Ohio’s public schools, colleges and universities.

Extension Options for Resident Educators

Greetings,

The Ohio State Board of Education, in compliance with ORC 3319.22 and based upon recommendations from the Educator Standards Board, recently approved renewal/extension requirements for resident and alternative resident educator licenses.  The options are designed to allow individuals more time to complete the Resident Educator Program. Those who possess resident or alternative resident educator licenses due to expire June 30, 2015, will be able to renew based upon completed years of teacher residency. Individuals who allow their resident or alternative resident educator license to completely expire, will be required to complete a combination of professional development and/or coursework.  Specifics regarding the application process, dates and requirements will be published online by the Ohio Department of Education in the upcoming months.

Sincerely,

Ellen Adornetto

Education Reform Consultant
Ohio Education Association
225 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio  43215
(800)282-1500 ext. 3001