More than 90 CEA members represented you at the Ohio Education Association Representative Assembly (RA) May 11–12. The OEA RA is the top governing body of our state association comprised of more than 1,300 delegates elected by local education associations.

“This November, voters can take the power out of the hands of the politicians and put it back where it belongs—in the hands of the people, and OEA is proud to join this effort,” said OEA President Patricia Frost-Brooks, speaking about the Voters First initiative.

“Together we can stop the politicians, and we can do it now—in time for the 2014 elections.” Following President Brooks’ message, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown addressed OEA delegates on the first day of the RA.

“More than anything, public education made this country successful,” said Sen. Brown. “I’ll tell you, my voice might not be the prettiest,” the gravelly-voiced Senator told the crowd, “but because of you, it will be the strongest one fighting for education.”

RA delegates soundly approved a new business item that allows OEA to begin organizing and representing private and charter school teachers. “The new policy is consistent with OEA’s principles, including the belief that all employees have the right to representation and bargaining,” said OEA President Patricia Frost-Brooks.

By an overwhelming majority, the OEA Representative Assembly voted to approve a one-time dues assessment of $22. It will help fund the effort to gather petition signatures and to support the Voters First initiative to amend the Ohio Constitution on redistricting and reapportionment.

Additionally, delegates and management staff contributed an all-time record of more than $45,000 to the OEA Fund for Children and Public Education. The Capital District contributed more than $13,000 to the fund.

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