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SOUTHWESTERN OHIO EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

FEBRUARY 2013

SWOEA

Shifts in OEA Membership Levels Cause Realignment of OEA Staff and Changes to Service Regions

President’s Message

Over the last several years, OEA has lost approximately 10,000 members due to budget cuts, levy failures and problems related to the national economic recession. This has caused OEA to realign staff and change service regions. OEA Executive Director Larry Wicks says, “These changes are difficult, but they are necessary in order to reduce expenses, maintain our effectiveness and avoid asking members for higher dues.” The realignment changes include: 1. Reducing the number of OEA professional staff members by 10; 2. Reducing the number of OEA service regions from 5 to 4 (new in upper R, old in lower R); 3. Reducing the number of OEA Service Councils

January 31st there was a statewide bid among OEA labor relations consultants. This month OEA will announce new locations for staff and conduct meetings on how best to transition. The OEA Schools magazine will publish a detailed list of the new Service Councils in the April edition. OEA Service Regions

OEA will close its field office in Mayfield Heights and combine it with the Hudson office, while the Cincinnati office will close. The new OEA Service Region map shows the 21 office locations (upper R) versus the old (lower R).

Mentor

Holland Vermilion

4

Defiance

3

Mayfield Heights Middleburg

Tiffin

Hudson Boardman Canton

Lima Lexington

2 5

Brilliant

Westerville Troy

Headquarters

Cambridge OEA Annex Columbus

Dayton Fairborn

1

-Richard Packert

Monroe

The changes do not affect the governance side of OEA that includes 10 districts and 752 local associations.

Cincinnati

If you are as busy as I am, it never seems to stop, does it? I thought we would have a smooth transition from winter to spring, but Governor Kasich put a damper on that! After looking at preliminary reports of the Governor’s budget, specifically the amount of funding for schools, it seems as if there was no mathematical formula used. Schools that need money most (poorer districts), received no increase, while schools that are not struggling as much (wealthy districts), got double, even triple digit increases! So the fight goes on. When will education employees learn that we need to elect pro-public education leaders to the Statehouse. I don’t care if you are a Democrat or a Republican, this is your job we are talking about! Wise up people. The next time you vote, support the candidate that supports you!

Athens Waverly

OEA Service Regions Region One - Patricia Collins Murdock Region Two - Parry Norris Region Three - Kevin Flanagan Region Four - Jeanette Cooper Region Five - Cristina Munoz-Nedrow

STRS UPDATE February 15th the February Board News was sent out through email. In case you missed it, it included information that Funding Status Improves for STRS Ohio’s Health Care Fund, “...the projected life now extends to 2060, an increase of about 21 years from last year’s

OEA CBaR Division

updated 6-3-11

valuation;” the Board Approves Changes to the Defined Contribution and Combined Plans; the Board Approves Change to Reemployed Retirees’ Lump-Sum Payments and Monthly Annuities; and Retirements Approved. For the specifics go to the STRS website.

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SOUTHWESTERN OHIO EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

FEBRUARY 2013

THE REAPPORTIONMENT COMMITTEE COMPLETES FINAL DRAFT OF SWOEA UNITS The Reapportionment Committee completed its final draft of the new SWOEA Units. This work was based on the guidelines in the SWOEA Policy and Procedures Handbook. Consideration was also given to the OEA UniServe realignments. The main goal was to balance the number of members in each unit while considering geographic placement and number of districts. Thank you to the following members for their contributions: Kevin Cain, Diane Norton, Haven Reardon, Bill Sears, Rich Packert, Mike Fortman, Emilly Osterling, and James Cutlip.

Milford Classified Employee A

Batavia Professional EA

Milford EA

New Richmond EA

Williamsburg EA

West Clermont EA

CLINTON COUNTY

West Clermont Hope

Blanchester EA

HAMILTON COUNTY

Clinton Massie EA

Deer Park EA

East Clinton

Forest Hills EA

Wilmington EA

Hamilton County EA

HIGHLAND COUNTY

Indian Hill EA

Bright TEA

Loveland EA

Fairfield EA

Norwood TA

Hillsboro EA

Princeton ACE

WARREN COUNTY

St. Bernard-Elmwood Place EA

Little Miami TA

Sycamore EA

Waynesville EA

Wyoming EA

Waynesville Non Certificated EA UNIT 1V (2595 members) UNIT 11 (2799 members)

BUTLER COUNTY

BUTLER COUNTY

Butler EA

Hamilton CTA

Edgewood Ea

UNIT 1 (2555 members)

New Miami EA

Fairfield CTA

ADAMS COUNTY

Ross EA

Lakota Ea

Manchester Ohio River

Talawanda Classified SA

Lakota SSA

Ohio Valley EA

Talawanda EA

BROWN COUNTY

HAMILTON COUNTY

UNIT V (2790 members)

Eastern Local EA

Finneytown ASP

BUTLER COUNTY

Fayetteville-Perry CEA

Finneytown EA

Madison EA

Fayetteville-Perry EA

Lockland EA

Middletown Classified EA

Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington EA

Mount Healthy EA

Middletown EA

North College Hill EA

Monroe EA

Southern Hills JVS TA

NW Association of Educators

WARREN COUNTY

Western Brown EA

Oak Hills EA

Carlise TA

Western Brown School Employee Organization

Reading EA

Franklin EA

Southwest Local CTA

Kings EA

Three Rivers EA

Lebanon EA

Winton Woods TA

Mason EA

The SWOEA Unit changes are as follows:

CLERMONT COUNTY Bethel-Tate TA Clermont County Special EA Clermont Northeast EA Felicity EA Goshen EA

Springboro Classified Employee UNIT 111 (2576 members)

Springboro EA

CLERMONT COUNTY

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SOUTHWESTERN OHIO EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

FEBRUARY 2013

THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY CELEBRATES IMPORTANT EVENTS at Harvard. He was disturbed that history books largely ignored the contributions of the African Americans and when included portrayed them as inferior. As a result Woodson took on the challenge of writing black American’s into the nation’s history. February was chosen because it marks the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced the African American population: Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. There are many more events:

BLACK HISTORY MONTH Americans have recognized black history month since 1926. We owe this celebration to Dr. Carter G. Woodson (lower R), author, journalist, and historian. It is during this time that we acknowledge the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans as they have enriched America! Woodson’s parents, former slaves, struggled, so he spent his childhood working in the coal mines of Kentucky. He was unable to attend school regularly, yet mastered the fundamentals on his own. At the age of 20 he enrolled in high school, graduated within 2 years and went on to earn a Ph. D.

2/23/1868: W. E. B. DuBois, co-founder of the NAACP was born; 2/25/1870: the 15th Amendment was passed, granting black voting rights; 2/12/1909 NAACP was founded; 2/1/1960 Greensboro, N. C. college students sit in at a segregated Woolworth’s lunch counter and 2/21/1965 Malcolm X leader promoting Black Nationalism murdered. For more go to pbs African America World.

NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DENTAL MONTH AND READ ACROSS AMERICA Each February, the American Dental Association sponsors and NEA celebrates, National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. The NEA reports that American students miss approximately 51 million hours of school each year as a result of oral health problems. They lose out on important instructional time, critical in the primary grades, as it serves as the building blocks of future learning. In addition, those who experience oral health pain are four times more likely to have lower grade point averages. So it is critical to develop good habits at an early age to get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. NEA’s Read Across America and its sponsor, Renaissance Dental, are celebrating National Children’s Dental Health Month. Parents and children are encouraged to take the 2x2+20 challenge. That is brush your teeth for two minutes, two times per day and read twenty minutes per day, in order to have good oral health and literacy habits! Read Across America is celebrated on March 1st and commemorates the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss.To learn more about National Children’s Dental Month and Read Across America 2013, visit www.nea.org/ grants/886.htm.

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SOUTHWESTERN OHIO EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

FEBRUARY 2013

CALENDAR EVENT DETAILS

Calendar February 20th, 2013 Officers Meeting February 25th, 2013 Executive Committee February 27th, 2012 Postmark Deadline for MLK Essay Contest March 5th, 2013 Scholarship Committee March 6th, 2013 Presidents Plus One March 8th, 2013 SWOEA R March 12th, 2013 Safe and Supportive Working Environments Workshop March 13th, 2013 Committee on Organizational Development

February 27th, 2013 DEADLINE FOR MLK ESSAY CONTEST

The SWOEA Peace and Civil Rights Committee invites you to commemorate the legacy of Dr. King and those he has inspired. This year’s entries focus on his proclamation, “I believe that love is a transforming power that can lift a whole community to new horizons of fair play, good will and justice,” and on how a person can live its message. Entries may be any of the following forms: collage, personal essay or letter, photography, podcast, poetry, Power Point, sculpture, video, or visual/graphic art. Biographies are not appropriate. Levels are K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. There will be 8 student winners along with submitting teachers. Grand prize is an e-reader; other prizes $25 gift cards. Each entry must be clearly marked with all of the following: student’s name, home address, telephone number, grade level & age, as well as, name & address of district, superintendent’s name, student’s school, and teacher’s name.

Peace and Civil Rights Committee

Schools are invited to submit the 3 best projects. They must be postmarked by February 27th or brought to SWOEA Office by the 28th. Winners will be displayed on April 13th at the SWOEA RA and can be picked up after.

March 15th, 2012

March 12th, 2013

Resolutions Committee March 14th, 2013 Budget Committee

District Leaders Council Meeting Officers March 16th, 2013 Board of Directors Committee March 17th, 2013 Scholarship Interviews March 18th, 2013 Executive Committee March 19th, 2013 Awards Committee Convention Planning March 20th, 2013 Legislative Committee

SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE WORKING ENVIRONMENTS: A MUST FOR ALL SCHOOL EMPLOYEES WORKSHOP

A safe and supportive working environment is a must for school employees to achieve their greatest potentials. An NEA Trainer will provide participants with ideas on how to create the former and protect the rights of our gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) employees. At a time when school districts have limited funds to negotiate, this could be the time your bargaining unit can include GLBT supportive language. Light dinner and sign in by 5:00pm; training from 5:30-7:00pm at the SWOEA Office 270 Northland Blvd. A minimum of 25 pre-registered participants is required for this training module. There is not cost and CEU’s will be offered.

RSVP Veria by email, preferred for all event registrations! April 16th, 2013 TECHNOLOGY IN THE COMMON CORE (CC)

Teachers no longer have option of not using technology. Instructionally integrated technology is now required by the CC College and Career Readiness curriculum. This workshop will help teachers understand the technology instructional requirements for the CC and develop an understanding of how to embed them into their instructional practices. Teachers will learn how technology can make lives easier rather than another additional requirement. Lastly teachers will learn how to implement instructional technology based learning even when technology is limited in the school or in students’ homes. Presented by Andrew Wheatley, the Technology Integration Specialist from BCESC/Madison Schools. Light dinner and registration at 5:00pm; workshop begins at 5:30pm at the SWOEA Office. CEU’s offered. RSVP Veria by email by April 12th.

Calendar April 13th, 2013 Spring Representative Assembly April 16th, 2013 Technology in the Common Core Workshop April 18th, 2013 Peace and Civil Rights Committee April 22nd, 2013 Officers Meeting April 29th, 2013 Executive Committee

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SOUTHWESTERN OHIO EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

FEBRUARY 2013

FREQUENTLY REQUESTED CONTACTS National Education Association (NEA)

School Employees Retirement System of Ohio

www.nea.org

www.ohsers.org

202.833.4000

866.280.7377

NEA Member Benefits

Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

www.neamb.com

www.opers.org

1.800.637.4637

1.800.222.7377

Ohio Department of Education (ODE)

Ohio Board of Regents

www.ode.state.oh.us

www.regents.ohio.gov

General Information 877.644.6338

614.466.6000

Licensure Information 614.466.3593

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

Ohio Education Association (OEA)

www.dodd.ohio.gov

www.ohea.org

1.800.617-6733

1.800.282.1500 State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS)

www.strsoh.org 1.888.227.7877

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

SWOEA Office 270 Northland Boulevard

DANIELLE SCRASE Newsline Editor

Suite 224 Cincinnati, Ohio 45246 www.SWOEA.com www.facebook.com/SWOEA 513.771.3319 or 1.800.346.2175

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