Swoea spring 2013 newsline

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Kasich’s Bad Budget Proposal Shortchanges Students and Schools of Necessary Funding Governor John Kasich has a budget that begins with a monetary gift for wealthy Ohioans and a tax cut for business owners. Meanwhile Ohio students are being shortchanged. Public education is not a priority for Kasich and it is unacceptable!

President’s Message

His proposed budget cuts reduced the per pupil expenditure approximately thirteen percent, from the current $5732 to $5000. Most school experts say we need at least Governor'Kasich's'proposed'budget'cuts'the' base'amount'of'per'pupil'spending'from' $5732'to'$5000>'a'12.8%'reducCon.' WHY?'' $5732&




$6000 to make the Kasich funding model bearable. If Ohio schools do not get more funding they will need to cut everything but reading, math and standardized testing. OEA President Patricia FrostBrooks says, “We will not be silent as Governor Kasich pushes his scheme for $4.3 billion in income tax cuts while per pupil spending decreases...and while the majority of

Ohio’s schools receive no increase in state funding.” OEA member Dan Greenberg of Sylvania said Kasich’s plans are full of empty promises. “Even with his current budget, our kids’ classrooms in our local public schools are receiving less money than before John Kasich became the governor...(he) promised more districts to get more state funding, while the wealthy districts would get less. This is an empty promise.The fact is, the governor’s budget does not do enough to help working and middle-class Ohioans. The budget and agenda are filled with empty promises that will continue to hurt middle class families. Instead of short-term, partisan priorities, Governor Kasich should focus on long-term solutions for Ohio that strengthen our economy and prioritize schools.”

Spring is here! Let us not forget the reason why we do our jobs. Remember to stay focused and finish the year strong. Also, do not forget our brothers and sisters in Northeast Ohio. The members of the Strongsville Education Association have been on strike for five weeks, as of this writing. If you are a delegate to the SWOEA RA, we will be taking up a collection to send to their local to help members. I would like to thank Sycamore science teacher, Danielle Scrase for being our Newsline editor. I like the new look and have heard many positive comments from members. Lastly, check our our Facebook page and “like” it. Enjoy the rest of the school year! -Richard Packert




STRONGSVILLE TEACHERS ENTER WEEK FIVE OF STRIKE simply buying time to unilaterally implement a contract at a time of their choosing.” The strike began midnight on March 4. On March 8, hundreds of SEA members, along with teachers from other districts, marched in solidarity from Center Middle School to Strongsville Commons to hear former Governor Strickland. He stressed the importance of working hard to support public education as Governor Kasich and the Republican-led state legislature expand voucher programs for parents to take their children to charter and private schools. The strike still continues some five weeks later.

The Strongsville teachers’ contract expired June 30th and the Strongsville Education Association (SEA) agreed to postpone contract negotiations until the district better understood its financial status. Negotiations began on July and both sides continued to meet twice a month, but there was no progress. So SEA officially declared impasse on January 30 and on February 15, SEA members agreed to issue its intent to strike. The SEA Webpage posted what the SEA teachers are asking for: Limits on Class Size,

When an OEA local exercises its right of collective bargaining, it also effects every OEA local and its members. Monetary donations and words of support for SEA members may be sent to:

Conversion of Non-teaching Duty to OTES/SLO Plan,

The Strongsville Education Association

Seniority Rights,

c/o OEA Middleburg Heights Uniserv Office

Conversion of Retirement Pick Up, and

7530 Lucerne Drive, Suite 100

Reinstatement of Steps & Columns for Experience & Education.

Middleburg Heights, OH 44130

They have also clarified the specifics of the former, as well as answered some frequently asked questions. SEA President Linscott said “The Board’s continued inability to bargain in good faith as well as their stunning decision to issue a premature Last Best Offer reinforces...that this Board never intended to reach a deal, and instead was STRS UPDATE March 18th the March Board News was sent out through email. In case you missed it, it included information that Actuarial Firm Selected; the Board Adopts New STRS Ohio Mission and Vision: “to partner with our members in helping to build retirement security...to be a leading retirement system by

Additional information available at: SEA Facebook SEA Webpage SEA Twitter SEA Email providing comprehensive...benefits and quality service...through exceptional financial performance, ethical business practices, and responsible resource management;” Retirement Board Election Materials to Mail in April and Retirements Approved. For the specifics go to the STRS website.





Calendar April 13th, 2013 SWOEA Spring Representative Assembly April 16th, 2013 Technology in the Common Core Workshop April 18th, 2013 Mapping Our Tears Workshop April 22nd, 2013


Credential letters were mailed out on April 4th. If you did not receive them, call the SWOEA Office 513.771.3319 or 1.800.346.2175. The RA is at Receptions Banquet & Conference Center, 5975 Boymel Drive, Fairfield, Ohio 45014. Breakfast and registration at 8:00am; assembly at 9:00am.

Officers Meeting

April 16th, 2013

April 29th, 2013


Executive Committee May 7th, 2013 National Teacher Day Scholarship Committee May 9th, 2013 District Leaders Hospitality Dance Board of Directors Committee May 10th, 2013 OEA Awards Banquet May 10th and 11th, 2013 OEA Spring Representative Assembly May 13th, 2013 Officers Meeting May 20th, 2013 Executive Committee Meeting June 10th and 11th, 2013 21st Century Classroom Workshop June 17th, 2013 Officers Meeting June 21st and 22nd, 2013 OEA Minority Leadership Training June 24th, 2013 Executive Committee June 26th-July 6th, 2013 NEA Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly

Teachers no longer have the option of not using technology. Instructionally integrated technology is now required by the CC curriculum. This workshop will help teachers understand the technology instructional requirements including how to embed them into their instructional practices, even with limited resources this it can make life easier.

5:00pm; training from 5:30-7:00pm. CEU’s offered. RSVP Veria by email. May 10th and 11th, 2013 OEA REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLY

OEA Delegate Confirmation Mailing should have been received. OEA RA Temporary Credentials will be mailed out on April 26th. If you have any questions please contact Carol Price, Conference Coordinator, by email or at 1.800.282.1500 ext. 3169. The RA is at the Veterans Memorial, 300 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. 614.221.4341. Registration from 8:00 to 10:30 am; Assembly at 9:00am. June 10th and 11th, 2013 21st CENTURY CLASSROOM: Navigating Technology in the Common Core (CC)

Educators investigate how technology is embedded in the CC standards. Attendees will explore the increased demands outlined in the CCRS and OTES. Educators will understand that technology is key to effectively meeting these demands. Lesson Presented by Andrew Wheatley, the development focused on the former will Technology Integration Specialist from BCESC/Madison Schools. Light dinner and allow for rigor, engagement, and registration at 5:00pm; workshop begins at differentiation. Teachers will also reflect on learning and how best to apply it. 5:30pm at the SWOEA Office. CEU’s offered. RSVP Veria by email by April 12th. Presented by Andrew Wheatley. Sign up and pay $50 by April 16th (cost after is April 18th, 2013 $100). Breakfast, and lunch included; MAPPING OUR TEARS: An Introduction workshop from 8:30am-4:00pm at the and Tour of the Center for Holocaust and Kings Education Center. CEU’s and Humanity Education’s (CHHE) Exhibit To commemorate the 65th anniversary of Ashland credit offered. RSVP Veria by email. Any questions email Marti Huss or Israel’s founding, experience an Jorge Gonzalez. introduction and tour of the CHHE Exhibit Mapping Our Tears. They educate about the Holocaust to remember its victims and act on its lessons. Through innovative programs and partnerships, they challenge injustice, inhumanity and prejudice, and foster understanding, inclusion and engaged citizenship. Free to SWOEA members; $15 for nonmembers. Light kosher meal (non-kosher food not allowed on site) and sign-in at

June 21st and 22nd, 2013

OEA Minority Leadership Training Program MLTP)

The OEA MLTP targets ethnic minority members who have an interest in Association activities and leadership roles. Free and includes dinner, breakfast and lunch. Located at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Dublin, Ohio. Registration forms available at SWOEA Office; deadline May 23rd.




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NEA Member Benefits

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Ohio Department of Education (ODE)

Ohio Board of Regents



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Licensure Information 614.466.3593

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

Ohio Education Association (OEA)




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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


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