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Here’s what you’ll find in the AAUW of Ohio Orbit Spring 2016 issue:
- News about Leadership Workshop 2016, Aug. 13, at Otterbein University
- President’s Message: Bringing STEM to girls in our communities
- What’s new at the Statehouse
- State Bylaws news
- Coverage of AAUW of Ohio Equity Day & Convention 2016, including recognition of all of our branches that won awards!
- STEM events — and more news — from branches statewide
- Leadership Essentials: brand new and reorganized resources from AAUW National that will make your job easier
Visit this page to download back issues of AAUW of Ohio Orbit.
By Karen Rainey, AAUW Ohio Public Policy Chair
Here’s the “Issue of the Month” plus suggestions for program planning and other news—please share with your branch members.
In this issue:
Issue of the Month: Endorsements in Nonpartisan School Board Races
Resources for Branch Programming (Attachment)
Legislative Updates—HB 511, Family-Medical Leave Act; HB 417 and HB 419, Fetal Remains—Abortion; SB 298, Charter Schools E-Schools Attendance; Medical Marijuana Select Committee
Recap: Women United for Change
Issue of the Month: AAUW Endorsements in Nonpartisan Races
State Public Policy Committee Member Jackie Evangelista has contributed the following item. It’s what your branch can do to support public education, always near and dear to AAUW members.
Consider Endorsing Pro-Public Education Candidates for the Ohio State Board of Education and your Local Boards
Did you know that AAUW Ohio and its branches are free to endorse candidates in all nonpartisan electoral races such as the Ohio State Board of Education and your local boards of education? In doing so, you will help advance AAUW’s public policy position on public education and help inform the public.
In fact, three Northeast Ohio branches—Heights-Hillcrest-Lyndhurst, Cleveland and Northeast— recently endorsed Meryl Johnson, a retired Cleveland public school teacher, union activist, and member of the Heights-Hillcrest-Lyndhurst Branch, for the District 11 seat on the Ohio State Board of Education. Parts of all three branch territories fall within District 11. They then asked AAUW Ohio to support their decision and endorse Meryl during the convention business meeting on April 9 in Worthington. The resolution, which also encouraged branches to replicate the action, passed.
Your Ohio Public Policy Committee encourages you to investigate those running for both the Ohio State Board of Education and the local boards of education that fall within your branch territory. About half the elected state board members are on the ballot every two years. There are 11 elected members, who represent districts that are comprised of three Senate districts, and eight appointed members. Since the terms run for four years, this allows for overlap and continuity. You can read about the current board members at: http://education.ohio.gov/State-Board/State-Board-of-Education-Home. To help you determine which member(s) serve your branch territory, refer to the state board map.
The seats that will be elected in 2016 include:
District 1, currently held by Ann Jacobs of Lima.
District 6, currently held by Michael Collins of Westerville (not running again)
District 8, currently open (runs from Mahoning to Meigs County along the eastern Ohio border)
District 9, currently held by Stephanie Dodd of Granville
District 11, currently held by Mary Rose Oakar of Cleveland
If you choose to take on this short-term project, your first task will be to learn whether the candidates currently holding the position plan to run for re-election. Mary Rose Oakar was term limited out, prompting Meryl to declare her candidacy. Some of the above candidates may also be term-limited. Next you should determine whether the incumbent agrees with AAUW Public Policy positions on education. You may find clues about whether those currently serving support public education from reading their biographies. However, if you aren’t familiar with the member, ask around to find out about his or her record vis a vis public education. If he or she is a strong supporter of vouchers, charters and/or homeschooling, AAUW would not consider them to be supporters of our education public policy position. AAUW does support charter schools but with a very long list of caveats, many of which Ohio’s charters do not meet as evidenced by the many scandals that have long been swirling around them. Read the AAUW position. While the legislature finally passed a weak bill to create more accountability, it has just gone into effect and its impact hasn’t been felt yet.
If the person currently representing your district does not plan to run again, your next task would be to research who else plans to run for the State Board of Education within your branch’s territory. Your county board of elections can tell you who has registered to date, but candidates have until Aug. 1st to register; however, if you are satisfied that your incumbent or other candidates who have declared earlier strongly support public education, you may wish to endorse them early to give them more time to benefit from your endorsement while campaigning. You may endorse more than one candidate if they meet our criteria. Then you can repeat the process on the local level investigating all the local boards of education that fall within your territory, learning who plans to run again and whether any seats are open, what new candidates plan to run and what their positions are. You are encouraged to invite the candidates that meet our criteria to speak at a meeting in the fall before the election.
To keep your endorsements in compliance with AAUW requirements, you should soon add the following “Clear Procedures on Endorsements” to your Policy Sheet at a branch or board meeting before making the vote to endorse:
1. Motions to endorse a nonpartisan issue or candidate shall be made at a branch or board (choose one or both) meeting.
2. The motion to endorse should include the name of the nonpartisan candidate or the issue of interest.
3. The motion should clearly state a rationale that identifies how endorsing the candidate or issue will support AAUW’s Public Policy Program.
4. The motion must be supported by a majority of the deciding body.
Here are a few other important directives from national:
AAUW/Branches/States may not contribute money, mailing lists, or anything of material value to candidates for any elective office, partisan or nonpartisan.
AAUW/Branches/States may not publish paid political announcements in AAUW publications.
Before a nonpartisan election in which AAUW has endorsed a candidate(s), AAUW/branches/states may invite the endorsed candidate(s) to speak at a meeting on her/his/their candidacy without inviting nonendorsed candidates.
By shining a light on these important education races, which often go under the radar, you will be doing your community a service. Citizens often have no idea who the candidates are or whom they should vote for. There are individuals who are more committed to privatizing public education than strengthening it on boards throughout Ohio. So long as citizens are willing to tacitly accept this reality by failing to become informed, public education will continue to be eroded. Encourage your branch to play a small role in reversing this trend and helping Ohio’s school children by adopting this easy-to-do public policy project.
Resources for Branch Programming
In case you missed the handout at convention, here are the State Public Policy Committee’s suggestions for your next program year. Please bear in mind that your state board is continuing the women’s economic security theme for the next year, so you may also want to look closely at programs that deal with the issues of paid sick and family leave, minimum wage, day care, Social Security, and equal pay. AAUW has Quick Facts position statements on most of these areas.
Charter School Accountability: Senate Bill 298, designed to require online schools to track the number of hours each student is participating in coursework daily, has been assigned to the Senate Finance Committee instead of the Education Committee, where it would have been received more favorably by the committee chair. State support is based on attendance figures, which appear to have been scammed in several instances. The future of the bill looks dim; please contact the chair of the Finance Committee, Sen. Scott Oelslager, at 614-466-0626, to request that hearings be held on the bill.
Join us for AAUW Ohio Leadership Workshop 2016, a member training day like no other!
- Jess Kelly, program manager for AAUW Campus Leadership Programs, will kick off the morning with target member leader training.
- Kim Emch, Serving Our Neighbors Ministries, will guide us through a poverty simulation exercise. This unique, enlightening experience will help us understand what life is like when money is short and stress is abundant.
Food: Breakfast provided. Please bring a packed lunch of your own.
Registration: Register and pay online. Or download the registration form, complete it, and mail it with your $30 check made out to “AAUW Ohio” with “Leadership Workshop 2016” in the memo line. Mail registration form with your check to: Kaylee Pavel, 9162 Shenk Rd., Delphos, OH 45833.
Here’s a condensed recap of reactions to AAUW Ohio Equity Day and Convention 2016 from those who were there — or those, like AAUW Nashville, who just heard about it on Twitter!
— Innovation Ohio (@innovationohio) April 9, 2016
— Makia (@MakiaInTheLoop) April 9, 2016
— Gloria L. Blackwell (@AAUWGloriaB) April 9, 2016
Giving @AAUWOhio morning keynote speech: Finding Your Story 😉
— Mikaela Hunt (@MikaelaHuntNews) April 9, 2016
— WSI at OSU (@WSI_OSU) April 5, 2016
— AAUW Nashville (@AAUWNashville) April 9, 2016
AAUW Ohio is one of 19 organizations putting on this important event, Women United For Change, on April 20 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 East Broad St. in Columbus. We hope you can join us!
The cost of the half-day event is $10. For more information or to register by the April 14 deadline, please visit this page or call Erin Ryan at 440-382-2900.
Women United for Change is comprised of AAUW Ohio and these 18 other outstanding organizations: Action Ohio, ACLU of Ohio, BPW Ohio | The Ohio Federation of Business and Professional Women, Columbus NOW, Ohio NOW, Council of Ohio YWCA’s, Innovation Ohio Education Fund, The Main Street Alliance of Ohio, National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Central Ohio Chapter, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation, Ohio Domestic Violence Network, Ohio Women Inc., Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, Policy Matters Ohio Women Have Options – Ohio The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, and Zonta Club of Columbus.
Join fellow AAUW Ohio members and these featured presentations and events:
- Global Collaborations with AAUW National staff leader, Gloria Blackwell
- AAUW national updates from Pam Thiel, AAUW Board of Directors
- Fundraising at the branch level with Tremayne Parquet, AAUW Individual Giving
- Women and journalism with Mikaela Hunt, brand journalist
- 21st century women on campus with Makia Kambon, OSU Multicultural Center program coordinator
- LBGTQ issues and dialogue with Justin Atkinson, member of Citizens for Equity
- Book study, documentary study, panel discussions, Public policy breakouts, and more!
Get there by 3 p.m. on Friday for registration. And don’t forget Friday night’s AAUW Ohio Awards dinner and reception. New for this year we are having a Friday Night Glitz, Glam & Jam! We are going to recognize and celebrate our inner rock stars with a fun photo booth and karaoke. So bring some cash for a glass (or two or wine), dust off your vocal chords, and wear your party shoes because the 2016 AAUW Ohio Annual Convention is a must-attend event!
Be sure to register for the 2016 Convention here and don’t forget to reserve a hotel room at The Crowne Plaza.Call 1-614-885-1885.
We look forward to rockin’ the 2016 AAUW Ohio Convention with you!
Jo Dye, VP Programming
Marilyn Kornowski, Northeast District Coordinator
Christine Siebeneck, AAUW Ohio President
|Sign Up for the Creating Inclusive Branches Webinar on March 22|
Is your branch welcoming and inclusive to new and diverse members? Sign up for the March 22 webinar to learn what attracts — and drives away — new members. You’ll also learn concrete steps you can take to be more welcoming. Miss the last diversity and inclusion webinar? Check out the recorded webinar.
|Be a Part of AAUW’s Research on Leadership|
Do you have unconscious bias toward women leaders? Take our new Implicit Association Tes tto find out! Your participation will help further AAUW’s research on gender bias and leadership. And sign up now to host a watch party for the March 30 launch event of AAUW’s latest research report, Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership, which will feature a panel discussion moderated by Cokie Roberts.
|Get Ready for Equal Pay Day on April 12|
Take action to mark Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day when women’s wages “catch up” to men’s wages from the year before. Join hundreds of other AAUW branches hosting events on April 12, and help us reach our goal of hosting 250 events in all 50 states. Check out the recorded training for programming tips and ideas.
Work with a local college or university to hold an AAUW Start Smart salary negotiation workshop for Equal Pay Day. Our new tools and resources will help you easily connect with local colleges and universities and encourage them to host a workshop.
|Early-Bird Registration for NCCWSL 2016 Ends April 1|
|Do you know any college women student leaders? Registration for AAUW’s 2016 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) is open! Tell the students in your networks about this exciting opportunity and encourage them to register before April 1 for early-bird rates. Donate to the NCCWSL scholarship fund to help even more students attend the conference.|
|Sign Up for the Dues Processing Webinar on March 15|
|Simplify membership dues processing this year! Learn how to submit dues, what resources are available to you, and more. Sign up for the Dues Processing Webinar on March 15 at 7:30 p.m. ET.|
|Deliver New Title IX Resources to Local Schools|
Join the fight against sex discrimination in schools! Explore new resources and templates for contacting Title IX coordinators in your local schools, and use the Title IX delivery Program in a Box to engage your branch in the effort. Listen to the Title IX Coordinators Delivery Project call to hear testimonials from some of the 76 deliveries that have already been made in 22 states.
Rock the world with us! Book your hotel room and register today for AAUW Ohio Equity Day & Convention 2016, April 8-9 at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North-Worthington. The best early-bird rates end March 11. And rooms must be reserved by March 18 to get the group rate. Get all the details here.
States, branches, and other AAUW-affiliated entities must develop and maintain bylaws that comply with AAUW policies and federal and state laws. AAUW’s model bylaws provide a framework to assist AAUW affiliates in preparing or amending their bylaws.
Every two years, AAUW reviews and amends its national bylaws to make sure that they comply with federal and Washington, D.C., statutes and that they reflect AAUW’s current operations and needs. The bylaws are also revised to include amendments proposed and approved by the membership. After each biennial revision of the AAUW national bylaws, all AAUW affiliates must review and revise their own bylaws to include these updates.
Download a copy of the proposed bylaws in its entirety. It is also posted on our Resources page.
By Karen Rainey, Public Policy Chair, AAUW of Ohio
Here’s the “Issue of the Month” plus other news—please share with your branch members. Also—a reminder that March is Women’s History Month; International Women’s Day is March 8.
In this issue:
- Issue of the Month: Violence Against Women
- Congressional Redistricting Proposal
- Reaction to School Report Cards
- Human Trafficking Coalitions: New Map
- Key Dates: April 8-9, April 12, April 20
Issue of the Month: Violence Against Women
You may wonder how violence against women ties into our program year theme of economic security, but the reality is that violence prevents many women from achieving the security they need and results in high social and economic costs. Violence is a public health threat; injuries may keep women off the job or unable to care for themselves and their families. The federal Violence Against Women Act, first enacted in 1994, was most recently reauthorized in 2013. (Vice President Joe Biden, the original sponsor in 1994, made a moving appeal at the Feb. 28 Oscars ceremony for ending violence, followed by Lady Gaga’s performance of “Til it Happens to You.”)
While VAWA has provided a comprehensive approach to this issue, there is much work still to be done. Often the results of violence are fatal or result in severe injuries or unintended pregancies. We’ve learned that many of the women and girls who are trafficked or engage in prostitution were first sexually abused. In addition to intimate partner (domestic) violence, there are the areas of military violence and campus sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Three bills pending in the Ohio legislature will be highlighted at the Women United for Change legislative event on April 20. They are House Bill 359, which would enable victims to conceal their residential addresses and decrease the likelihood of their abuser finding them; House Bill 362, which would recognize strangulation as a highly lethal criminal act and provide a felony level penalty when it has occurred; and Senate Bill 76, which would allow for the prosecution of a violation of a protection order, even though the order may not have been personally served (abusers find ways to avoid personal service).
AAUW’s Quick Facts on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence in School describes the problem in schools and on college campuses, and lists resources for branches, including the Ending Campus Sexual Assault Tool Kit, www.aauw.oraresource/campus-sexual-assault-too-kit. Branches located in college towns are encouraged to take advantage of these resources.
Violence in the military was addressed at our last convention, when the survivor featured in the 2012 documentary, The Invisible War, spoke movingly about her experiences. This film is available through
Amazon and other sources, and brings home the reality of a too-common situation.
Last, another stirring program featured at a recent state convention, the Silent Witness Project, honors murder victims of domestic violence. In Ohio, you can find more information through the Women’s Center at Bowling Green State University, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congressional Redistricting Proposal Stalled
Efforts have stalled to place a constitutional amendment on the November ballot to change Ohio’s congressional redistricting to a process similar to the revised process adopted for state legislative redistricting this past November. By now, we all understand that fair districts equal fair elections, and appreciate the need to move forward. Please call Ohio Speaker Cliff Rosenberger at 614-466-3506 and ask him to expedite placing the amendment on the fall ballot. More information is available at www.fairdistrictsohio.org.
School Report Cards Confusing
The long-awaited school report cards, the first to include new Common Core Standards and based on the PARCC tests, were released in late February. The data had been expected to be confusing and were in fact confusing; the definition of student proficiency had changed from its original meaning; most schools’ performance index scores were expected to be lower than the previous year’s.
It’s been reported that 607 of Ohio’s 609 school districts had lower performance index scores from the previous year (2013-14); it’s also reported that the Department of Education rated students as proficient that would not be in other states. Nevertheless, the districts are exempted by the legislature from penalties for poor scores in this year and next, during the transition phase to the new standards and tests.
PARCC was fired by the General Assembly after complaints about the testing process last year. The new test provider is the American Institutes for Research, which had been the provider of the Ohio Graduation Tests. The entire issue is still controversial, and there is still concern about students opting out of the tests. AAUW had been supportive of the PARCC tests as a civil rights issue to determine equality of opportunity. We will be watching to see how this issue develops.
New Map of Human Trafficking Coalitions
Many of our branches have been concerned with human trafficking issues and continue to be supportive of efforts on behalf of survivors. This new map shows that most of Ohio is now covered by anti-trafficking coalitions. Go to www.publicsafety.ohio.gov/ht/coalitions to see the service areas and the names of the coalitions.
April 8-9: Annual state convention, Columbus/Worthington. Public policy sessions will feature Innovation Ohio speakers on the Women’s Public Policy Network and Public Policy Agenda, and the president of Restart, a work-release advocacy program for first-time female offenders.
April 12: Equal Pay Day. Check out the branch resources at www.aauw.org.
— Vice President Biden (@VP) February 29, 2016