1) Sustaining Grant applications are due March 15. This new grant is to improve/enhance an existing successful program in your local, Locals will need to submit their local budget and should have at lest a 21% FCPE participation (based on either the 13-14 or current count). Applications will be reviewed by Finance Committee Mar. 19.
2) Growth and Development Grant application deadline is April 15. G&D Grants are for new initiatives that your local would like to do to improve its effectiveness.
Details of all of Central's grants, and the online application can be found here.
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 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.
Needs be a contributor to the OEA Fund for Children and Public Education.
Needs to recruit 10 other members to participate in Central’s ACES program (www.centraloeanea.org/advocate), or provide proof of cyber lobbying a legislator.
Attend the Education Advocate Leader training, or approved Central OEA/NEA event. Examples: Central Winter Leadership Conference in early March, OEA Leadership Conference in the summer, or local training developed by the political action coordinators..
Attend an OEA Lobby Day.
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 will be scheduled in April 2015 at each of the Central Area meetings, attendees will receive a $50 stipend.
Are you tired of SLOs? Testing? 3rd grade reading guarantee? Being told year after year to "just do more with less" and that you have it too good? Then you can make a difference with minimal effort. Being informed is half the battle.