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Sharing Ohio’s collective bargaining story
with Washington Education Association
[cid:image007.jpg@01CD3A5F.8B750AA0]I had the honor to represent OEA members on a
visit in Spokane with more than 1,000 members of the Washington Education
Association’s political action committee donors last Saturday, and together we
celebrated what YOU achieved in Ohio during the Issue 2 campaign.
Washington state members are fighting complacency the way we fought apathy for Ted
Strickland in 2010 – and the way we must fight off any trace of fatigue or apathy in
the 2012 campaign. The Voters First Amendment is too important. If we don’t start
getting signatures gathered in a more serious way, we run the risk of not getting it
on the ballot and reliving the attacks of 2011 all over again.
You know how that happened. Some of us did not immediately recognize the threat John
Kasich posed to organized labor. But attacks began quickly in 2011 when Kasich and
a more extreme group of legislators took control in Ohio. We could stop some of
their mischief, but not nearly all of it.
Our friends on the West coast are looking at our experience and battling
complacency, too. Looking at our story of defeat in 2010 before victory in 2011,
they believe now is the time for activism. Here are some reactions to the Ohio story
from local leaders of the Washington Education Association:
“We shared the story of the OEA, from the governor’s shocking dismantling of
collective bargaining through the organizing efforts throughout the state and the
raw determination of members to never give up, never back down and never surrender
their fundamental right to organize,” said Cathy DeJong, President of the Auburn
Education Association.

“All year long I’ve been talking to my Building Reps and Members, saying ‘We are one
election away from becoming the next Wisconsin, the next Idaho, the next Ohio,’ ”
said Pam Kruse, President of the Franklin Pierce Education Association. “At first it
just didn’t seem to sink in. Then we started to watch the Wisconsin and Ohio videos,
and (our building reps) sat up straighter in their chairs. After hearing Pat
Frost-Brooks speak to the over one million petitions gathered to overturn the
anti-collective bargaining law, they get it now.”
We are so proud of what we accomplished in the Issue 2 campaign. And we are proud,
too, of the OEA members and staff who have gone to states like North Carolina to
bolster membership drives after they took payroll deduction for dues away, and to
Wisconsin to help unseat Governor Scott Walker.
In one sense, our opponents are the politicians who want to tear apart public
education and privatize it via vouchers and charter schools.
But in a very real way, our biggest challenge is complacency. I plan to support
Barack Obama with enthusiasm and energy. I plan to work just as hard for the Voters
First Amendment as I did against Issue 2.
We have to remind ourselves of what happened when people got distracted by some
trivial issues where we disagreed with Gov. Ted Strickland – we got John Kasich
instead. Enough said.
So rest if you must, but don’t you dare quit – or the well-financed extremists will
have plenty of opportunity to decide Ohio’s future, and the future of our schools.
Mitt Romney – a recycled platform
and bad record on support for education
If you don’t think Mitt Romney poses a real threat to public schools and colleges,
you have only to read through his newly released education policies and platform
), which reads like a re-run of No Child Left Behind, complete with a preface by Jeb
As NEA President Dennis Van Roekel has already noted, Romney’s education advisors
include Rod Paige, who called the NEA a “terrorist organization.” More pointedly, as
Massachusetts governor, Romney cut early education and pre-k funding, vetoed $10
million for kindergarten expansion, questioned the benefits of early education, and
suggested Head Start was a failure. See President Van Roekel’s complete response to
Romney at
We Are Ohio will promote Voters First Amendment
I am pleased to tell you that the We Are Ohio executive committee has voted to
embrace the Voters First Amendment, and the effort to communicate more widely about
the citizens redistricting effort will get a new boost statewide. We Are Ohio, which
will add valuable experience in voter referendums and campaigning, scheduled news
conferences this week to support Voters First in Columbus, Cleveland, Youngstown,
Dayton, Cincinnati, Lima, Toledo, Steubenville and Zanesville.
We have new talking points and scripts for seeking petition signatures at
Please contact your LRC if you need petitions or have some to turn in.
Thanks for everything you do!
Patricia Frost-Brooks
Keep listening,
Keep learning
Keep leading

Senate Bill 316 Debate Continues

On Thursday, May 24, 2012, the Ohio House Education Committee passed
Senate Bill 316 with a vote of 15-8 on mostly party lines.
Representative Patmon (D-Cleveland) joined the Republicans on the
committee who voted for the bill. The bill did not receive a
vote by the full House as anticipated. Instead, the bill was
informally passed by the Ohio House in order to maintain the
bill’s place on the session calendar. It is likely that
the Ohio Senate will not concur with the House changes, and the bill
will get further consideration in June.

Prior to the House Education vote, an omnibus amendment was accepted
that contained roughly forty changes to the bill. OEA has
serious concerns with many of these changes. OEA’s
stand-alone amendments removing the more restrictive collective
bargaining limitation for teacher evaluation, eliminating third-party
evaluators, making changes to the retesting provision of teachers
rated ineffective two out of three years, providing for additional
flexibility under the teacher evaluation framework for teachers
labeled “proficient,” were tabled on party lines.
Below is a summary of the major changes to Senate Bill 316 accepted in

Teacher Evaluation and Re-testing

* Specifies that the statutory requirements regarding
teacher evaluation in Ohio Revised Code Section 3319.111 prevail over
collective bargaining agreements entered into on or after the
bill’s effective date rather than on or after September 29,
2011. (OEA supports the date change that fixed the back dating
issue but continues to oppose this language and its placement because
it restricts educators’ voices in teacher evaluation.)
* Removes the professional development requirement if a
teacher is rated ineffective two out of three years and replaces it
with a requirement that these teachers take content knowledge tests
that are selected by the Ohio Department of Education. (OEA
supports replacing the teacher re-testing provision with a requirement
for targeted, job-embedded professional development that builds
teacher capacity in all areas where it is needed. However, OEA
had concerns with the professional development language that was
removed because it required the teacher to pay the entire cost of the
professional development, did not eliminate the re-testing provision,
did not establish a reasonable cap for the amount of professional
development, and made unreasonable changes to dismissal.)
* Extends the annual deadline for completing teacher
evaluations from April 1 to May 1.
* Requires the State Board of Education to adopt a
resolution when they update the teacher evaluation framework.
* Removes students who are “habitual truants”
from exclusion in the calculation of student academic growth on
teacher evaluations.
* Requires only one annual evaluation instead of two for
teachers on limited or extended limited contracts. Additionally,
requires at least three formal observations of these teachers instead
of two formal observations.

School Choice

* Requires the Ohio Department of Education to establish a
start-up community school in each of the sixteen regions of the
Educational Regional Service System to serve primarily identified
gifted students. Allows an ESC, school district, community
school, STEM school, higher education institution, or a consortium of
such entities to establish and operate each of the new community
* Restores current law making permanent the exemption for
community schools that operate dropout recovery programs from the
provisions of law requiring closure for low academic performance
* Makes permanent the exclusion from the ranking
calculations of community schools that primarily serve students with
disabilities or those community schools that operate dropout
prevention and recovery programs.
* Qualifies a student for an EdChoice Voucher if the student
will be enrolling in school in Ohio for the first time and the school
district or district building the student would otherwise attend
qualifies for scholarships.

Third Grade Reading Guarantee

* Requires the State Board of Education and the Early
Childhood Advisory Council, instead of the Ohio Department of
Education in conjunction with the Governor’s office, to make
recommendations regarding reading readiness for children from birth
through third grade.
* Requires the Department of Education, instead of the
student’s principal, to determine whether a student demonstrates
an acceptable level of performance on an alternative standardized
reading assessment to qualify for exemption from retention.
* Requires school districts to provide retained third
graders who have been identified as gifted in fields other than
reading with instruction in those fields that is commensurate with the
students’ achievement levels.
* Clarifies that performance data to determine a
high-performing teacher to whom retained student must be assigned only
be considered when available.
* Reinserts a requirement for 90 minutes of reading
intervention for students performing below grade level, but with a
change that the time doesn’t have to be “uninterrupted” as the
previously removed language indicated.

Digital and Blended Learning

* Replaces the existing definition of blended learning with
“a formal education program in which a student learns in part
through online delivery of content and instruction with some element
of student control over time, place, path or pace, and in part at a
supervised location away from home.”
* Revises language that requires the State Board of
Education to formulate standards for the operation of blended learning
programs that exempts blended learning classrooms from the
student-to-teacher ratio, makes changes to licensing and staffing
operating standards, and also requires other exemptions not limited to
instructional materials and equipment, admission and promotion


* Repeals the requirement that the State Board of Education
hold regular meetings every three months, and instead requires them to
annually adopt a calendar by March 31.
* Allows a school district to admit to Kindergarten or first
grade a child who is not yet the required age, if the child is
recommended for early admission in accordance with the
district’s or school’s acceleration policy.

Legislature Sends General MBR to the Governor

The House and Senate have approved a conference committee report on
House Bill 487. The bill was initiated as part of Governor
Kasich’s “Mid-Biennium Review” and makes a myriad of
changes to the operations of state government. Some of the
education-related changes in the bill include:

* Adds approximately $6 million for the Cleveland
Scholarship program (vouchers).
* Makes an appropriation of up to $13 million to make
competitive grants to support school districts and community schools
to support intervention efforts that assist students in meeting the
Third Grade Reading Guarantee.
* Authorizes the Department of Education, upon approval of
the state’s application for a waiver from certain requirements
of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, to implement changes in the
application except for any changes related to school district and
building report cards.

Additionally, the final bill did not include language that would have
limited employee choice of supplemental tax-sheltered annuities (403
(b) plans). Such language was included in the bill as passed by
the House but removed by the Senate.

The MBR process was a missed opportunity for the legislature to
restore some of the $2.9 billion in cuts to public education from
Governor Kasich’s first budget. A $13 million
appropriation will not be sufficient to meet the costs of the Third
Grade Reading Guarantee. Without proper resources for schools,
the provision, worthy as it is, will either require local taxpayers to
pay for another unfunded mandate or will result in cuts to other
programs vital to students. Further, the legislature is
continuing the course of diverting money from public schools which
serve 90% of Ohio’s students in order to fund vouchers and
for-profit charter schools.

The conference committee report was passed by the House (53-38) and
Senate (24-8) on May 23, 2012 on mostly party-line votes.

Mayor Jackson’s Cleveland Plan: SB 335 (R-Lehner/D-Turner) and
HB 525 (R-Amstutz/D-Williams)

OEA has advocated for the removal of the provision in SB 335/HB 525
that allows the Cleveland Municipal School District (CMSD) to place
millage on local school levies that can be allocated to charter
schools that have agreements with the district. The companion
bills are based on negotiations between Mayor Jackson and the
Cleveland Teachers Union (CTU) and have been receiving hearings in the
House and Senate Education Committees. Based on the removal of
the “fresh start” collective bargaining provision and
other agreements between the Mayor and CTU, the Ohio Federation of
Teachers (OFT) and CTU provided “proponent” testimony on
the overall bill but expressed opposition to the provision allowing
local levy funding to go to certain charter schools. At this
time, SB 335/HB 525 remain in the Senate and House Education
Committees while charter school advocates seek to negotiate reductions
in the authority of the Cleveland Transformational Alliance (a new
oversight body proposed in the legislation) to approve new start-up
charter schools in CMSD.

Answer to a question

I wonder why when we submit our request for vacation that we wait days or weeks for a reply. I think in the contract it should include a timeline for administrators to give us a reply. They perfer we work on schooll in session days, however, when we submit vacation for school breaks they don’t want us off so hold up our requests. There are school days that more than a couple admin’s are off at the same time and days when no administrators are here, yet on no school days they try to mess with our vacations

This is the kind of item we should be gathering for our next negotiation.
Please keep the ideas coming!

Election Results

Here are the results:

Co-Presidents: Mitch Buchanan/Paul Grimes ~ no one ran against them

Vice President: Rita Armstrong
South Campus: Rita ~ 9 out of 24
Craig ~ 15 out of 24

North Campus: Rita ~ 35 out of 38
Craig ~ 3 out of 38

Secretary: Debbi Pemberton ~ no one ran against

Treasurer: Judy Clickenger ~ no one ran against

Our Building Reps are: Steve Lust, Greg Carpenter, Mark Warner, John Beach and Pam Peelle

Bylaws and Constitution: Yes

South Campus: 17 for yes out of 22
5 for No out of 22

North Campus: 27 for yes out of 27

Thank you DACCEA members for voting! 

Senate Bill 316

Senate Bill 316, the education Mid-Biennium Review legislation,
contains many education related policy changes of importance to OEA
members.  Of particular concern is a provision that makes changes
to the teacher evaluation statute that was passed under House Bill
153.  The bill states that the statutory requirements regarding
teacher evaluations prevail over any conflicting provisions of a
collective bargaining agreement entered into on or after September 29,
2011.  Simply, this language would significantly
restrict the voice of teachers in the development and
implementation of locally-adopted teacher evaluation frameworks. 
OEA is adamantly opposed to this language.

Take action today.  Please write your state legislator and urge
them to oppose this provision in Senate Bill 316.  Senate Bill
316 is currently pending in the Senate Education Committee.  OEA
anticipates that amendments to Senate Bill 316 will take place on
Tuesday, May 8.

Talking Points:

* Classroom teachers bring invaluable expertise to the
process of effective evaluation, and statutory language should not
restrict teachers' voices in bargaining issues regarding the
development and implementation of these evaluations.

* This new restrictive bargaining language should be
eliminated, especially since it would apply retroactively to contracts
already entered into, and the bill should revert back to the
bargaining language that was contained in HB 153 that applies
specifically to the requirement that school districts adopt an
evaluation policy that conforms to the State Board of Education

OEA Governmental Services

You and your future

Please feel free to contact me with questions or if you are interested in helping to
circulate a Voters First petition to reform Ohio's Redistricting Process for Marion,
Franklin or Delaware county.
OEA Labor Relations Consultant/ Heart of Ohio UniServ

From: OEA Campaign 2012 []
Sent: Friday, April 27, 2012 5:40 PM



Campaign Update
An OEA Publication

OEA and Voters First need you. OEA and Voters First are working to place a
Constitutional amendment on the November 2012 ballot to reform how legislative
districts are drawn in the state of Ohio. To do that, we need to collect
approximately 386,000 signatures by July 3. OEA has partnered with Voters First to
circulate petitions and has made this initiative a priority of the organization. OEA
is committing to collecting 100,000 signatures to help in this effort.

In order to achieve this goal, we need dedicated OEA member activists like you. 
That is why OEA wants to make sure that you have all the tools necessary to
successfully circulate your petitions and information about why this Initiative is
so important to public education in Ohio.

OEA has worked with Dr. Dan Tokaji, from the Voters First Coalition, to develop
online tools that will be helpful in educating you and fellow members on the
importance of the Voters First Initiative.  OEA has created two webinars that
provide information about the Voters First Coalition and Initiative, OEA's goals and
strategy in the Voters First Initiative, Voters First Talking Points, and a quick
refresher on how to appropriately circulate a petition.

To view Dr. Tokaji's webinar on the Voters First Initiative, please click

To view the webinar reviewing OEA's Voters First Strategy and a refresher on
petition circulation, please click

Please note that you will need to use your OEA member website log-in name and
password to view the OEA strategy webinar.

As a reminder, for additional information about OEA's efforts to support the Voters
First Initiative please go to<>.
If you would like to find out more information about the Voters First Coalition,
please go to<>.

If you have any questions regarding petition tracking, circulating, or collecting
signatures, please send them to<> or contact your Labor
Relations Consultant.

Take Political Power Back from Politicians!

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in helping to circulating a
Voters First petition  to reform Ohio's Redistricting Process for Marion, Franklin
or Delaware county.

To find out more information about the Voters First initiative, please click on the
following links for: Background on the Voters First
Initiative<>, Voters First
Talking Points<>, and Petition
Circulation FAQs<>.
OEA Labor Relations Consultant

From: McKay, Briana [OH]
Sent: Friday, April 20, 2012 3:15 PM
Subject: Take Political Power Back from Politicians!


Last year anti-public education politicians redrew Ohio's legislative districts in
closed door meetings to benefit themselves - ensuring their own re-election without
being accountable to Ohio voters. Because they slanted the district lines heavily in
their favor, anti-public education officials may be able to win supermajorities this
year in both chambers of the Ohio General Assembly, which may allow them to
unilaterally place constitutional amendments on the ballot, overturn a governor's
veto, or prevent a citizen's referendum of a bill - like Senate Bill 5.

To protect the future of public education, we need to work to take the power to
re-draw Ohio's legislative maps out of the hands of politicians and put it back in
the hands of Ohio voters!

That is why OEA is supporting the Voters First coalition's initiative to change the
way legislative districts are drawn in Ohio.   By supporting the constitutional
amendment, OEA will take an offensive strategy to protect our students and schools
from anti-public education policies and ensure that we have a level playing field to
elect pro-public education candidates, including OEA member candidates, in future
elections. If successfully passed this November, the amendment will require
electoral maps for the 2014 election to be drawn by Ohio voters.

However, the window of time we have to collect signatures is limited.  In order to
place the amendment on the November 6, 2012 ballot, the Voters First coalition needs
to collect over 386,000 signatures from across the state before July 4, 2012.

That is why we need OEA member activists and leaders like you to help us circulate
petitions to get enough signatures to place the Voters First initiative on the
November 2012 ballot.


Auditor announces $7 million tax surplus; $4.5 million will go to schools

The Columbus Dispatch 4/25/2012

Auditor announces $7 million tax surplus; $4.5 million will go to schools

Education Blog

School districts and municipalities will get an unexpected reprieve next month when Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo II distributes $7 million in surplus tax funding to local taxing districts.

The money comes from the auditor’s real estate assessment fund, which sets aside property taxes from schools, cities and other taxing agencies to pay for real estate appraisals. Mingo announced the surplus today, citing efficient work by his staff in conducting the 2011 county property reappraisals as the reason for the surplus.

The money goes back to the taxing districts where it was collected, with the bulk of the money, about $4.5 million, to be distributed to local school districts in proportion to their tax bills.

Columbus city schools, for example, will receive more than $1.5 million, while school districts such as Dublin and Westerville will receive about $423,000 and $255,000 respectively.

County agencies will share about $1.4 million of the surplus and townships and municipalities another $736,000.

The surplus was what was left in the auditor’s fund after the cost of the 2011 reappraisal and after an estimate of what it will cost to conduct the 2014 triennial reappraisal.

The districts should receive their share of the money by May 4, an auditor’s office spokesman said.

“The money goes into the general funds of these municipalities, so they can use it in any manner they wish,” Mingo said in a news release announcing the surplus. “Many of our communities have very specific needs and these tax dollars will help them fund those projects without any type of bureaucratic red tape.”

By  Joe Vardon

The Columbus Dispatch Wednesday April 25, 2012 5:24 PM

Call it coincidence, call it irony. Whatever “it” was, Gov. John Kasich recognized the incredible circumstances surrounding the traffic crash he was involved in yesterday.

The governor who metaphorically threatened to run lobbyists over with a bus and who thrice referred to a Columbus police officer as an “idiot,” found himself in a four-vehicle wreck on I-71 triggered by a bus that failed to stop in traffic, causing a crash that was investigated by the very officer who was the object of Kasich’s rant.

To repeat, it was Kasich who was (almost) hit by a bus and the “idiot” officer who arrived at the scene.