TAWLS Tuesday: Senate Bill 3 Update

Senate Bill 3:  Senate Bill 3 is currently pending before the House Education Committee.  It contains a number of changes to education law that would be bad for students and the teaching profession.  The bill would allow certain districts to hire unlicensed teachers, ignore restrictions on class size and weaken mentoring programs for new teachers.  OEA opposes this bill in its current form.  Please take action today, by clicking here to write your state representative and urge him or her to oppose these measures.

TAWLS Tuesday 2/16/16

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HB420 Update:  On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, the House Education Committee amended Sub. HB 420 to remove a provision that would have penalized school employees who “negligently suggest” to a student that he or she opt-out of a state assessment. The bill, which remains in committee, now has no penalty for any action that might be taken by a school employee.  Thank you to all OEA Advocates for Children and Education (ACE) who sent messages to their legislators opposing the “gotcha” penalty provision from Sub. HB 420.

Evaluations:  In order to bring WLS into compliance with recent state law changes, we shall follow the details below. The state no long allows 50% shared attribution for teachers that have value added.  The district will use the following to calculate the final summative rating for teachers who are evaluated under the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES):

 A1 Teachers – 50% Teacher Value Added Scores from the 2014-15 school year and 50% Teacher Performance on standards
A2 Teachers – 26% Teacher Value Added Scores from the 2014-15 school year 24%, Shared Attribution and 50% Teacher Performance on standards.
C Teachers – 50% Shared Attribution and 50% Teacher Performance on standards.

 The Washington Local Shared Attribution score will be based on the district’s ELA 4-9 state assessment score from the 2014-15 school year.

A1 Teachers: Teachers teaching exclusively courses in which they receive state value added scores. Teachers that are 4-9 ELA and/or Math
A2 Teachers: Teachers teaching some courses in which they receive state value added scores, as well as some other content areas without state value added scores. Teachers that are 4-9 ELA and/or Math, but also have class that is not tested.
B Teachers – None in WLS (Teachers using standardized tests other than OAA)
C Teachers:  Teachers who have no value added scores from the state.

 Labor Loves the Library: On March 15th at the Lucas County Public Library, Main Branch in the McMaster Center from 5:30pm-7:30pm will be the annual Labor Loves the Library fundraiser.  The event is a SOCIAL EVENT that includes appetizers along with beer/wine.  The cost to attend this event is a donation of $25.00 and checks can be made payable to the Library Legacy Foundation. All proceeds from this fundraiser will help the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library purchase books etc. for the Labor History Room.  If you are interested, contact Chris Hodnicki to RSVP by March 1st.

 Educator Tax Deduction:  Recently Congress expanded and made permanent the educator tax deduction that allows educators to deduct eligible unreimbursed classroom spending up to $250.  The deduction was significantly improved by indexing it to inflation and including professional development as an eligible expense.

 Tax Deduction:  Click below for information pertaining to your eligible tax deduction for your dues for anyone who files long form.
2015 Non Deductible Dues Amount

 Save the Date:  The annual TAWLS Mud Hens game is scheduled for Saturday, May 7th.  More details will be forthcoming as we get closer to the event.  Thank you to Emily Schifko and Cheri Schober for organizing the annual event.

Mud Hens