Have a good weekend

The next NCEA Rep Council meeting is Tuesday, January 15, at 4:00 in The Bistro which is located off the Commons at Hoover High School. All members are welcome.

Just a reminder that there are several events sponsored by ECOEA for you. February 9 is the Retirement Workshop and March 8 is the Legislative Dinner. Both events are being held at the the Courtyard Marriott at Belden Village, a most convenient location for NCEA members. Also, the date to apply for the Quinn Scholarships offered by ECOEA is March 1. Please visit the East Central website for more details at http://ecoea.ohea.org for more details.

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OEA’s Response to School Safety Opinion

 

The following is from Ohio Education Association President Patricia Frost-Brooks regarding Ohio Attorney General DeWine’s statement on school security:

The Ohio Education Association welcomes Attorney General Mike DeWine’s work to make sure safety plans are up to date and on file for all Ohio schools, and we agree school safety must be a paramount issue. Each school district should develop its plan, train relevant personnel and make careful decisions on school safety and security measures.

However, teachers and other school employees should not be asked to serve a dual role, armed with concealed weapons to face school intruders as Mr. DeWine suggests. We are focused on student success and providing quality education to students. Policy makers should re-examine the expanded availability of weapons in public places, not add schools to the list. Instead of arming educators, they can enhance school safety with more counselors, better mental health services and partnering with local police to deter violence in schools.