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President’s Message At the onset of the school year, I hope you are energized and ready to make your voice heard. This November there are a multitude of campaign mailings, so review the OEA Recommended Candidates on page 2 and Vote YES on Issue 2!


Share this with your friends and family to support public education and the middle class. It has been less than a year since our battle and victory against Senate Bill 5. But it’s not time to relax; the fight must continue! OEA President Pat FrostBrooks calls us to, “Stand Up in 2012for our students, our schools and the future of public education.” Romney-Ryan threatens grants for college students. It jeopardizes support of federal aid to local schools, Head Start and other programs affecting child-care and children’s healthcare. Romney has said he does not believe smaller class sizes affect student success. He has proudly supported

efforts to impose “right-to-work” laws and efforts to redistrict collective bargaining at the state level. Ryan has been a strong ally of Governor Kasich, a proponent of SB5. The Romney-Ryan ticket is simply “out of touch,” while Obama is propublic education and opposed SB5. This November there is a new Issue 2 the same name is no coincidence, but this time it’s a YES! (see Article below)

You will also notice a new look to our Newsline and website. We are excited about helping SWOEA “go green” and creating an improved and more user friendly website. Hope you like the changes! -Richard Packert-

To learn more go to campaign2012. Please review the OEA Recommended Candidates on page 2.

A NEW YEAR, A NEW FIGHT , A DIFFERENT ISSUE 2 Vote Yes on Issue 2,Voters First Amendment, for re-districting reform. This will create a nonpartisan Citizens Commission to re-draw legislative district maps. This Citizens Commission will include equal numbers of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. Politicians, lobbyists and political insiders are not permitted to serve on the commission. For too long politicians in our state have had the power to draw their own districts and gerrymander Ohio’s legislative maps, to the point where our elected officials are not accountable to us, the Ohio voters.


Vote Yes on Issue 2 to ensure every Ohio voter’s right to fair, competitive elections. It’s time for “We the People” to change the system and it can be done with a simple change: the voters should pick their elected officials instead of politicians picking their voters! This year it’s YES on Issue 2! Common-sense reform that is a step in the right direction Makes how we re-draw district lines more accountable, transparent, and balanced Neither party can unfairly dominate or rig the system to their own advantage



OEA RECOMMENDED CANDIDATES PRESIDENT Barack Obama (D) U. S. SENATE Sherrod Brown (D) OHIO HOUSE HD 28 Connie Pillich (D) HD 29 Hubert Brown (D) HD 30 Steven Newsom (D) HD 31 Denise Driehaus (D) HD33 Alicia Reece (D) HD 51 Mark Hardig (D) HD 53 Suzi Rubin (D) HD 62 Michael Kassalen (D) OEA HD 65 Steve Myers (D) HD 90 John Haas (D) OHIO SENATE Bill Seitz (R) OHIO SUPREME COURT Justice Yvette McGee Brown Judge William O’Neill Michael Skindell, Esq.

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GENERAL ASSEMBLY PASSES PENSION REFORM BILLS On September 12, the Ohio Legislature passed pension reforms to improve the financial condition of all five Ohio pension systems, including the STRS. The STRS Ohio bill, Substitute Senate Bill 342, was based on the reform plan approved unanimously by the Retirement Board on April 19. The bill will go into effect January 7, 2013, but most of STRS Ohio’s plan changes will take effect July 1, 2013 or later. The changes to STRS Ohio’s benefit plan design to increase age and service requirements for retirement; calculate pensions on a lower, fixed formula; increase the period for determining final average salary, increase member contributions to the retirement system; reduce the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA); eliminate COLA for fiscal year 2014; and defer COLA for future retirees. Complete details on these components will be sent to members and retirees in STRS Ohio’s October newsletter and are available at

The bill’s passage is the culmination of three years of efforts by STRS Ohio and its stakeholders to address the system’s funding challenges. Various plans were reviewed with legislators and stakeholders before agreement was reached earlier this year. The bill was supported by Healthcare and Pension Advocates for STRS (HPA)- a coalition that is comprised of groups representing more than 470,000 members and retirees, as well as employers.

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION District 10 Todd Book SWOEA HAS GONE GREEN AND FACEBOOK! Last year SWOEA Leadership and former Newsletter Editor Karrie Nelson discussed and researched ideas of improved online communication. This year it’s a go. SWOEA Newsline has gone green and SWOEA has created a facebook page!

environment, but also save approximately $20,000 per year in operating costs. Mindy Farmer has been hired on as the SWOEA Webmaster. She has created a facebook page,, and is working on improving the SWOEA website.

Danielle Scrase, the new Newsline Editor, has given it an updated look. In addition, there will be no paper copies mailed out. Instead it will be emailed to local All of this was done in order association presidents and forwarded to members. It will to help the environment, lower operating costs, and still be available on the SWOEA website: communicate more efficiently with members. . This will not only help the




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Calendar October 2nd, 2012 First Day of Early Voting October 4th, 2012 Reapportionment Committee October 9th, 2012 End of Voter Registration October 10th, 2012 Resolutions Committee October 11th, 2012 Budget Committee October 16th, 2012 I Can Do It Part 1 Professional Development Workshop October 17th, 2012 Convention Planning Scholarship Committee

October 16th

November 6th



Start the school year on the right foot. This program provides methods for teachers who are: entry year teachers, having difficulties, being evaluated this year, mentors or resident educators, and those who want to improve daily routines in their classrooms. Attendees will learn about: creating a classroom community, using positive reinforcement, improving communication skills, acquiring student attention through subtle means, developing communication between home and school, and developing classroom management techniques appropriate to each teacher. This workshop is at the SWOEA Office 270 Northland Blvd. Suite 224, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45246. From 5:30pm-8:30pm

Be sure to review the OEA Recommended Candidates on page 2. November 10th SWOEA FALL REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLY

Credential letters will be mailed by November 1st. If you do not receive them by November 6th please call the SWOEA Office 513.771.3319 or 1.800.346.2175 The RA is at Receptions Banquet and Convention Center.

Calendar November 3rd, 2012 Application for Vote-by-Mail Deadline November 5th, 2012


There are a limited number of spaces. If you wish to attend please call the SWOEA Office to reserve your spot by October 7th.

October 23rd, 2012

October 23rd

General Election Day


November 10th, 2012

October 22nd, 2012

I Can Do It Part 2 Professional Development Workshop October 24th, 2012 Meet the Candidates October 25th, 2012 Awards Committee October 24th, 2012 Meet the Candidates October 25th, 2012 Awards Committee October 28th, 2012 Scholarships Interviews October 29th, 2012 Executive Committee


October 24th

Mail-In Ballot Postmark Deadline November 6th, 2012

SWOEA Fall Representative Assembly November 15, 2012


Peace and Civil Rights Committee

Here’s your chance to meet the Southwestern Ohio candidates and talk to them about issues that are important to educators! Attendance counts as a workshop toward the SWOEA Five Star Award.

November 19th, 2012

This workshop is at Receptions Banquet and Convention Center, 5975 Boymel Drive, Fairfield, Ohio 45014. Beginning at 5:30pm. Light refreshments and soft drinks will be served.

November 30th, 2012

Please RSVP by calling 513.771.3319 or 1.800.346.2175 or email by October 22.

Officers Meeting November 26th, 2012 Executive Meeting

Minority Caucus Dinner District Leaders Social December 1st, 2012 OEA Fall RA



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OEA REGION 5 PHONE BANK INFORMATION CINCINNATI OEA OFFICE 9902 Carver Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45242 513.984.3679 or 1.866.287.3373 October 1st, 3rd, 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th, and 30th MONROE OEA OFFICE 30 Overbrook Drive Suite A Monroe, Ohio 45050 Come join us for a phone bank to help us inform our members about the issues coming up in the November 2, 2012 election.

513.539.3131 or 1.800.487.6266 October 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th, and 30th

All phone banks will be from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Light refreshments will be served.


We need your help! Please call the office you would like to Phone Bank at to reserve your spot today.

Troy, Ohio 45373

All phone bankers completing a shift will be entered int a drawing for an iPad.

180 South Stanfield Road 937.335.4544 or 1.800.766.1165 October 1st, 3rd, 8th, 10th, 15th, 17th, 22nd, 24th, and 29th

OEA AFFILIATE GRANT PROGRAM The OEA Affiliate Grant Program was created in 2003 to build strong and effective locals. The Program makes grants available to all local OEA affiliates- whether a large local, a small local, or a cluster or locals. To be eligible for a grant, the affiliate must provide a statement of how its program will strengthen the Association at the local, state, and/or national level. There are four (4) types of grants available: 1. One Year Special Grant 2. Two Year Special Grant 3. Effective Local Grant 4. Release Time Grant


Applicants must apply using the online application process. Completed applications must be received no later than the first Wednesday following the Martin Luther King Holiday, January 16, 2013. All applicants are encouraged to visit the downloads section to obtain a printable worksheet for gathering the data for the application before beginning the online process. You can also download sample applications. You can visit the instructions page to get a list of the information you will need and a printable worksheet for the application. Then click the apply here link to get started now. For more information go to http://



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FREQUENTLY REQUESTED CONTACTS National Education Association (NEA)

School Employees Retirement System of Ohio







NEA Member Benefits

Ohio Public Employees Retirement System







Ohio Department of Education (ODE)

Ohio Board of Regents




General Information 877.644.6338




Licensure Information 614.466.3593

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

Ohio Education Association (OEA)







State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS) !



Officers and Staff RICHARD PACKERT President PHYLLIS BELL Vice President MIKE FORTMAN Treasurer VERIA MAXBERRY Office Manager MINDY FARMER Webmaster DANIELLE SCRASE Newsline Editor

SWOEA Office 270 Northland Boulevard Suite 224 Cincinnati, Ohio 45246 513.771.3319 or 1.800.346.2175


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