Political Decisions affect Public Education and Habilitation Services.
Lobby your Legislators; Vote your Profession.
- Support Candidates that support Public Education:
- Ohio Ballot – Vote for Champions of Public Education — http://ohioballot.com/
Public education is subject to an increasing number of proposals which can be either beneficial or detrimental to the children and adults we serve. These measures are prevalent in Columbus and in Washington, D.C. We need to be vigilant in promoting and protecting the interests of our members and the children and adults we serve.
Elected and appointed decision-makers affect the quality of your life. Every decision about every brick, every service, and education/habilitation employee is made by persons elected to public office or appointed or hired by those persons. Educational and habilitation decisions are political decisions.
Do you believe your voice should be heard? The OEA and NEA Cyber-Lobbying programs provide the vehicle to allow us to be heard effectively in Columbus and Washington. As we have seen, a chorus of voices is hard to ignore.
There are many resources available to OASNP members to learn about bills that affect their profession and the learners they serve.
- Ohio Department of Education – Special Education – http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Special-Education
- Ohio DODD Newsletters – Ohio DODD Pipeline is an electronic newsletter from the Ohio Department of DD and covers many items of interest affecting CBDD employees and the clients they serve.
- OASNP Bill Report – Ohio General Assembly Bills of interest.
OEA & NEA Cyber-Lobbying
Cyber-Lobbying is the convenient member-friendly way to do your part advocating for issues that affect public education and your retirement. No prior legislative or political action experience is needed. Cyber-Lobbying provides instantaneous delivery of your position to your elected officials. Sign up on both the OEA and NEA sites below or download a flyer for your members OEA-NEA Cyber-Lobbying.
When an important state or national issue is being considered by the State Legislature or U.S. Congress you will receive an e-mail describing the issue and offering you the opportunity to compose an e-mail to your elected officials using a sample letter, suggested bullet points, and/or your own words. It is the fastest and easiest way to be involved and do your part.
- OEA Take Action – main page
- OEA Activist to-Do List – Do your part to advocate for Children and Public Education
- OEA Legislative Watch – Learn about actions in the Ohio General Assembly
- Ohio Legislature – Look up Legislators,Schedules, Legislation, etc.
- NEA Education Votes – The main NEA page
- NEA Legislative Issues and Actions – State & National Issues
- NEA Cyber-Lobbying – Sign up for E-mail alerts on Federal Issues
- NEA My School My Voice – The Main page
- NEA ESSA 101 – For 14 long years, students and educators have lived under the deeply flawed No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) returns decision making for our nation’s education back where it belongs – in the hands of local educators, parents, and communities – while keeping the focus on students most in need.
OEA – Fund for Children and Public Education
The OEA Fund for Children and Public Education (OEA-FCPE) is the political action committee of the Ohio Education Association. Voluntary contributions support candidates that support the Association’s educational policy agenda. Members may contribute on the Donate FCPE page on the OEA website. Download a flyer for your members OEA-FCPE. To run an FCPE fundraising drive in your local contact your local’s OEA LRC or download a simple how-to flyer How to Run FCPE.
This powerful FCPE video developed by Kevin Griffin of the Dublin EA explains the importance of contributing: http://youtu.be/11XQDykgboo
The OEA-FCPE State Council works to implement OEA policies for the improvement of education in the State of Ohio by (1.) screening and endorsing candidates who are favorable to OEA legislative policies, (2.) collecting and dispersing funds for support of OEA-FCPE endorsed candidates, and (3.) establishing and maintaining communications with elected officials.
State House District Core Group Committees are made up of representatives from each local association whose school district serves residents of that House District. Each Committee screens candidates for its State House District Representative based only on questions related to OEA’s education policy agenda.
Members of the Core Groups maintain communications with elected officials and attend local Senate District Receptions and OEA Lobby Days in Columbus.
Local Association Involvement
Local Associations are entitled to a representative on each OEA-FCPE House District and Senate District Committee that includes a portion of their County. OEA-FCPE Committees conduct screenings of candidates and maintain contact with elected officials.
The Local FCPE committee conducts a fund drive to offer members an opportunity to contribute to the OEA-FCPE. Twenty-five percent of local funds collected are available for the Local to use in other local campaigns.
Maps of 2012 Ohio House & Senate Districts and US Congressional Districts
Ohio Maps (2012-2021):
US Congressional Map (2012-2021):
OEA Candidate Training Academy – Electing OEA members to public office. Tired of politicians not getting it and letting you down? Wishing for a school board that respected and stood up for educators? Wondering who the next inspiring, pro-public education candidate will be?
The next great candidates may be closer than you think. They could be teaching next to you, sitting near you or even be you. Educators are some of the most respected members of the community, and many are highly qualified to hold public office.
OLA is committed to helping our members, of both parties, run for and win the elected positions that create the public policy that so greatly affects us.
If you’ve ever considered running for public office, know a person who should, or want to be able to help good people get elected, then this training academy is for you.
Sign up now to reserve your seat at our next Candidate Training Academy. June 22, July 27, OEA Headquarters, 225 E. Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215.
Download the OEA-School-Board-Candidate-Training-2019
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