Monthly Archives: October 2015

OEA Election Endorsements

Don’t forget to vote!

 

The 2015 Election is November 3rd this year. Before you cast your vote, here’s some information about Issue 1, and some local school board races for you to consider.

 

Local School Board Recommendations

 

Groveport-Madison Local Education Association has endorsed the following candidates for school board:

  • Maria McGraw
  • Chris Snyder

Hilliard Education Association has endorsed:

  • Heather Keck

Lancaster Education Association supports the following school board candidates:

  • A. Lise Ricketts
  • Tom Shaffer
  • Jay Nauman

Marysville Education Association supports the following school board candidates:

  • Sue Devine
  • Amy Powers

Pickerington Education Association recommends

  • Darian Monhollen for Township Trustee

 

Plain Local Education Association recommends the following candidates for school board:

  • Larry Fruth
  • Debra Kalinosky
  • Mark Ryan

Reynoldsburg Education Association recommends the following candidates for school board:

  • Debbie Dunlap
  • Neal Whitman
  • Rob Truex

Upper Arlington Education Association opposes the following candidate:

  • Mindy Lambert

Upper Arlington Education Association has taken no position on the following candidates:

  • Robin Comfort (incumbent)
  • Stacy Royer (incumbent)
  • Nancy Drees (incumbent)
  • Chris Schwartz (retired teacher, first time running)

 

Westerville Education Association has endorsed the following school board candidates:

  • Richard Bird
  • Gerrie Cotter

Columbus Education Association Endorses the following candidates:

Columbus City School District Board of Education
  • Eric Brown
Columbus Mayor
  • Andrew Ginther
For Members of City Council, City of Columbus
  • Elizabeth Brown
  • Shannon Hardin
  • Zach Klein
  • Jaiza Page
  • Michael Stinziano

 

OEA urges support for Issue 1

 

BALLOT MEASURE WOULD MAKE SURE OHIO’S LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS ARE FAIR FOR EVERYONE

 

Issue 1 seeks to create a seven-member panel to draw legislative districts starting in 2021. Approval of a 10-year map would require two minority-party votes, and language in the proposal is designed to limit the kind of gerrymandered maps that have led to one-party control and few competitive races.

 

Last December, Democrats and Republicans joined together to create a plan that Ohioan’s will vote on this November.

 

Issue 1 offers the first major overhaul to Ohio’s process of drawing state legislative districts in years by:

  • Establishing a seven-member bipartisan panel responsible for creating legislative district lines. It would be called the Ohio Redistricting Commission.
  • Setting rules that require new districts to keep communities together. This would put an end to today’s oddly shaped districts that unnecessarily split cities, counties and townships to help one political party or another.
  • Ending the practice of having the new maps drawn in secret. The new Redistricting Commission will hold public hearings and explain how the new maps do not unfairly favor a particular political party. If it is necessary to split a county, municipality or township, the Commission will be required to explain why. Issue 1 creates good criteria for making the new state legislative maps:
  • No general assembly map shall be drawn primarily to favor or disfavor a political party.
  • The map as a whole should reflect the statewide partisan preferences of voters. This is sometimes called representational fairness and strengthens the rule against rigging the districts for partisan advantage.

OEA was one of the first organizations to endorse Fair Districts for Ohio, a bi-partisan coalition organized to reform Ohio’s system of drawing state legislative districts. The Association believes that having fair districts is important because it can affect who represents us at the statehouse.

 

Learn more about Issue 1 at www.yesforissue1.org

PD Fund Update

This is just a reminder that payments for pre-approved professional development

opportunities happen quarterly.  All receipts for pre-approved activities will be submitted

to Jason Willcoxon for payment next Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 (its been extended a week).

Please get your receipts to me by Thursday, 10/29.  I will then sign off, make copies and

deliver to Jason.

Thank you! 😊

Monica Miars

PD Fund Increase

From Monica Miars, PD Fund Coordinator:

GREAT NEWS!!

After a vote by our officers/executive board, the BEA can once again offer reimbursement up to $1000!!!

The reimbursement formula will be as follows:

the first $300–100%
$301 – $1000–75%
$1001 +–50% after the fund is closed out (the following school year)

I have held onto requests that were sent to me in anticipation of this change. I am in the process of figuring them now, and will make copies and send originals back to you.