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Member Lobby Days are an opportunity for OEA members to engage with legislators on issues important to public education.
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.
Members who register and sign in at the briefing will be eligible for up to $50 reimbursement covering milage, lunch and parking. Simply submit an expense form with receipts.
Locals can also apply for a Lobby Day Substitute grant to cover the cost of a substitute for a member who attends lobby day. Details and an application can be found here: http://www.centraloeanea.org/lobby-day-substitute-grant
As always, Central's Political Action Coordinators will prearrange meetings with legislators for you.
Central OEA/NEA is once again invited to participate in Reach Out and Read through Nationwide Children's Hospital.
The are many ways that you can help! If you are interested in helping out, please go to www.nationwidechildrens.org/reachoutandread.
If your school is interested in holding a book drive you must complete the following steps:
Central OEA/NEA will provide a $100 stipend (and an Education Advocate tee-shirt) to each local Education Advocate Leader.
This stipend is being provided as an incentive to help locals become more involved and effective in grass roots political action.
A list of criteria for receiving the Education Advocate Leader stipend follows.
Communicate with the Political Action Coordinator (PAC), local president, and members on political issues
Contribute to the OEA Fund for Children and Public Education
Attend at least 1 OEA phone bank or canvass
Attend an Education Advocate Leader training session
Attend a Central event. Examples: Central Winter Leadership, Lobby Day, Legislative Dinner, etc
Play an active role in local election activities
Attend an area meeting
Each local can have up to three Education Advocate Leaders (one to represent primary, immediate, and secondary educators or one to represent the different classifications in a classified local, SCOPE or Higher Ed.).
All earned stipends will be paid out in November, and based upon meeting all the mandatory criteria.
Training sessions for Education Advocate Leaders
Mar. 5th 2016
Winter Leadership Conference,Airport Marriott
Apr. 19th 2016 @ 5:00pm
Area 1, Pickerington Library
Apr. 18th 2016 @ 5:30pm
Area 2, Berlin Twp Meeting Hall, 3271 Chesire Rd, Delaware
Apr. 18th 2016 @ 5:00pm
Area 3, Kenton Ridge HS, Springfield
Area 4, TBD
Mar. 16th 2016 @ 5:00pm
Area 5, Central Office
Sep. 10th 2016
Campaign 2016 Kick-off Training, Central HQ
Attendees will receive a $50 stipend.
Elected officials enact policies that affect our students, our schools and the daily lives of educators. Decisions regarding school funding, services, curriculum standards, licensure, class sizes and evaluations are all made by elected officials. As Ohio’s legislators consider policies that affect public education, it is critical that they hear from educators—the true experts on education issues. As teachers, faculty and education support professionals, OEA members have an obligation to get involved in these decisions and make their voices heard.
Being informed is half the battle.