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#ESEA updates from D.C.

2015 April 23
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AAUW Ohio president in DC to support #ESEA reauthorization

2015 April 23
by Paula Maggio

AAUW of Ohio President Christine Siebeneck is in Washington, D.C. today to meet with staffers for state senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman to advocate for a strong ESEA reauthorization, a move that is supported by AAUW.

We’ll be using our social media accounts to report on her day, so follow on Twitter and Facebook. You can also follow Christine @aauwchristine.

Here’s the tweet she posted this morning:

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) was originally passed as part of the Lyndon B. Johnson administration’s War on Poverty campaign. According to the Educationpost website, its original goal and its goal today is “to improve educational equity for students from lower-income families by providing federal funds to school districts serving poor students.”

AAUW of Ohio Statehouse update

2015 April 20
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From:  Karen Rainey, AAUW Ohio Public Policy Chair
Re:  Update and Current Events
Date:  April 15, 2015Greetings!  I want to bring you up to date on what’s happening at the Statehouse, encourage branch participation in advocacy, and urge your attendance at the public policy sessions at convention on May 3.  Please share this information with your branch members.

Here’s the legislation we’re following:

House Bill 2, the charter school reform bill, which deals primarily with sponsorship.  This bill passed the House by a vote of 70-25 on March 26, and will have sponsor (Reps. Roegner and Dovilla) testimony in the Senate Finance- Education subcommittee on April 15.  It is also expected that Sen. Peggy Lehner, chair of the Senate Education Committee, will introduce her own charter reform bill soon., Ohio has been the poster child for bad charter school law, and HB 2 is a step toward more accountability and transparency, although it’s not as strong as advocates for reform would like.  Sen. Lehner’s bill is expected to follow the recommendations of Auditor Dave Yost for increasing accountability.  It’s likely the two bills will eventually have to be reconciled.  AAUW advocate Jennifer Dillard testified on HB 2 and AAUW also signed on to the Coalition for Public Education testimony—both can be read on our web site.  Charter schools have received significant state financial support, and the governor’s budget proposal would add nearly $1 billion for the next biennium.

Plan to attend the public policy breakout session on Sunday, May 3, to hear Steve Dyer, Innovation Ohio’s Education Policy Fellow and former state representative, give an update on charter school reform.

House Joint Resolution 2, sponsored by Reps. Clyde and Curtin, would align with HJR 12, the state redistricting constitutional amendment, to change how the lines are drawn for congressional redistricting.  As it is now, only state redistricting reform will be on the ballot this November.

Plan to attend the public policy breakout session on Sunday, May 3, to hear Ann Henkener, Vice President of the League of Women Voters of Ohio and its redistricting expert, speak about how the proposed amendment would work and the importance of your November vote on this constitutional amendment. 

House Bill 69, the so-called “heartbeat bill,” passed the House by a vote of 55-40.  This bill, back again after the Senate ignored it in last year’s lame duck session, would ban all abortions as soon as a heartbeat is detected, with no exceptions for rape, incest, severe mental illness or fetal abnormalities.  Rep. Teresa Fedor, whom we know best as the champion of human trafficking legislation, made an impassioned speech on the House floor in opposition to the bill, telling for the first time her own story of rape and abortion while she was in the military.  Rep. Fedor will be the keynote speaker on April 22 for the Freedom of Choice Ohio (FOCO) Advocacy Day .  The Senate Health Committee will hear sponsor testimony on the bill April 15, but it’s not clear if there will be more hearings.  We need to be vigilant and let our representatives know of our concerns.  AAUW testimony on this bill is also on the web site.   Another House bill, HB 117, would ban all abortions after 20 weeks but has not yet been scheduled for hearings.

Plan to attend the Freedom of Choice Ohio (FOCO) Advocacy Day next Wednesday, April 22, to learn more about the several bills that affect reproductive health.  AAUW Ohio is a member of FOCO and a sponsor of the event.  Register now at www.prochoiceohio.org/get-involved/lobby-day.shtml.  If you are new to lobbying, you will have the opportunity to visit legislators as a part of a group, following a training session.

House Bill 64, the biennial budget bill proposed by the governor, contained a number of provisions that the House saw as problematical.  The House introduced its version April 14 and we will be monitoring several provisions.  Among the items in its 3,000 pages, Sub HB 64 does the following:

  • It leaves Medicaid expansion as a part of the budget bill.  There had been concern that it would be stripped out and made a separate bill, primarily so certain House members could be on record as voting against it.
  • It increases spending for schools by $179 million and ensures that no district receives less than it did in the foundation formula in FY 15.  The governor’s formula had left many local school superintendents scratching their heads.
  • It creates a Joint Education Oversight Committee that will examine school funding and other issues, so that work on these issues continues after the budget is enacted.
  • It increases funding for rape crisis centers by $500,000 per year.  These have been shown to provide erroneous information to clients.  At the same time, coverage for pregnant low-income women is cut.

In addition, we’re looking for funding to be added to the budget to finance the mailing of absentee ballot applications to every voter in Ohio, which can only be done if the Secretary of State receives the funding to do so.  AAUW Ohio is now a part of the Ohio Voter Rights Coalition to address this and other voting issues.

House Bill 74, relating to primary and secondary school testing, was amended by the House Education Committee and would now bar the state from purchasing tests from PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers), the organization whose tests are currently being used in conjunction with the implementation of common core standards.  The amendments would also limit testing to one end of the year assessment rather than two, with one assessment earlier in the year.    Testing has been very controversial this year, with complaints about the hours involved and the disruption in classroom learning.  Already, the governor has signed HB 7, that allows the disregard of this year’s testing results, and the amendments could extend this another year.  HB 74 does not address teacher evaluations.  We will be monitoring this bill to see if AAUW should speak to it.

Other issues
AAUW Lobby Corps:  Our advocate, Jennifer Dillard, is organizing a state lobby corps to respond to Statehouse activity.  It’s not necessary to be in the Columbus area to follow an issue, so please consider becoming available to speak out for AAUW’s agenda.  You can reach Jennifer at aauwohadvocacy@gmail.com.

Two-Minute Activist:  Please encourage every branch member to become a two-minute activist.  It’s easy to sign up—just go to www.aauw.org/what-we-do/public-policy/two-minute-activist/.   This enables us to respond to what’s happening at the Congressional level when called on by our national office.

Innovation Ohio’s Columbus Women’s Public Policy Network:  AAUW has been asked to join this network, which is looking at a slew of bills that have an impact on women, including child care access, Medicaid eligibility, and sexual assault.  We expect that this will be a helpful network and expand our capacity to influence policy.

State Public Policy Committee:  This committee has begun to meet via conference call to further our advocacy agenda.  We are still looking for a representative from the southeast district, so if you know of anyone with an interest, please let me know

Feedback:  We want to hear from you.  What are the issues that most concern your members?  What local organizations do you partner with?  How can we interact most effectively?  Do you need more information on an issue or bill?  Let me know at kgraauw@yahoo.com.

Time to pay your AAUW Ohio dues

2015 April 19
by Paula Maggio

It is time to pay your AAUW Ohio dues of $11 for the year. Please send your dues check, made out to AAUW Ohio, to Melissa Marino, AAUW of Ohio Finance Registrar, 376 Gallery Drive, Marysville, Ohio 43040  by July 1. If you have questions, contact Melissa by email at melissa.marino@outlook.com.

You can renew your AAUW National, Student Affiliate, or College/University Partner Membership online. Annual National dues are $49 for National members and $17 for Student Affiliates. If you are a Student Affiliate member, you can become an AAUW Ohio member at no additional cost.

To renew your branch membership, contact your local branch or see if your branch is participating in a pilot program that allows you to pay your branch dues online. Branch membership dues are established by each branch. Find your AAUW Ohio branch.

 

Solving the Equation research report now online

2015 April 2

Check Out AAUW’s Latest Research Report!

Last week, more than 1,000 watch parties tuned in to the live stream launch of Solving the Equation: The VariablesSolving-the-Equation1 for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing.

The report is downloadable from the AAUW website. You will also find a PowerPoint presentation and Fact Sheet on the findings, as well as other resources at this link.

Then find out the 10 Ways to Get More Women Into Engineering and Tech.

 

AAUW of Ohio and Women’s Fund of Central Ohio host Equal Pay Day Cocktails and Convos Event

2015 March 31

Join us for an evening of cocktails and a panel discussion with four Central Ohio women businessequal pay cake owners as they share their stories of how they converted their passions to a paycheck, and pulled up other women along the way. Learn ways to take action on pay equity in your own life and in your community.

Equal Pay Day is the symbolic day when women’s earnings finally catch up to men’s earnings from the previous year. Thanks to the gender pay gap, it takes women an extra three months of wages to make up that 23 percent difference. Equal Pay Day 2015 will fall on Tuesday, April 14, so mark your calendar!

What: Equal Pay Day Cocktails and Discussion with Central Ohio Women Business Owners

When: Wednesday, April 8, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Where: The Kitchen, 231 E. Livingston Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215

Cost: $10 Light appetizers included. Cash bar.

RSVP: The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio

Sponsors: AAUW of Ohio and the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio

Panelists:

  • Pannsy Brown, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Kenbur
  • Mollie Fankhauser, Co-Owner of Kittie’s Cakes
  • Lori Kaiser, Founder and CEO of Lori Kaiser Consulting
  • Allie Lehman, owner/ founder of The Wonder Jam, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Death to the Stock PhotoFor more information contact, Jennifer Dillard, AAUW Ohio Public Policy Advocate, at aauwohadvocacy@gmail.com.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

Toledo Branch Equal Pay Day Event

2015 March 30

Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 11.27.38 PMGet the details and RSVP on the Facebook event page.

Register for AAUW Ohio Equity Day & Convention 2015

2015 March 20

Register today for AAUW Ohio Equity Day & Convention 2015.

Dates: May 1-3, 2015Convention 2015 logo
Location: Embassy Suites Hotel, 5100 Upper Metro Place, Dublin, Ohio, just off I-270. Phone: 1-614-790-9000

Hosts: Central District Branches of AAUW Ohio

News: The branch with the highest percentage of members attending will receive a new award.

Deadlines: Deadline for the pre-event rate is May 1. Deadline for hotel reservations is April 10.

Links to more:

Register for April 25 Tech Savvy Conference at Stark State

2015 March 16
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A Tech Savvy Conference will be held at Stark State College on Saturday, April 25, in conjunction with Tech-Savvy-Logothe Alcoa Foundation. Tech Savvy is a daylong science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career conference, by AAUW, designed to attract girls in sixth through ninth grade to these fields and to inform families about STEM education and careers.

Click here to register for and obtain additional information about the April 25 Tech Savvy Conference at Stark State.

The fee is $5 per person. The Alcoa Foundation provided a grant to further expand Tech Savvy to the Barberton, Ohio, area.

AAUW and members across the country are grateful for the Alcoa Foundation’s generous contribution of these funds to expand this program.

Download the Tech Savvy flyer for the April 25 event and spread the word.

Find out more

Read more about Tech Savvy and Tech Trek in Ohio. Read more about Tech Savvy in the Winter 2015 issue of AAUW Ohio Orbit. See story at top of Pg. 5.

Get ready for Equal Pay Day with these resources

2015 March 15
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AAUW resources are available to help your branch plan an effective Equal Pay Day on equal pay cakeTuesday, April 14:

  • Position papers and “Quick Facts” one-pagers that provide a solid primer on AAUW priority issues (hint: these are great items to give to lawmakers during your legislative advocacy days and in-district meetings!)
  • State-specific fact sheets on the gender pay gap by congressional district
  • Official AAUW letters sent to Congress and the administration, which can provide guidance for your own state or branch letters to state or local officials
  • How-to guides for advocacy activities such as cake deliveries, rallies, letters to the editor, tabling, petitions, house meetings, voter registration, and more!
  • Sample proclamations to mark key days of action in your state and community
  • “Leadership Essentials” for public policy chairs to help orient new state and branch public policy chairs (and give prospective public policy chairs a sense of what the role entails!)
  • Printable sign-up sheets for AAUW Action Network that you can use at branch meetings and events to help grow our e-advocacy network of Two-Minute Activists (the sign-up sheets also contain an option for people to sign up for Washington Update!)
  • An online system that enables AAUW state leaders to set up state-specific “Two-Minute Activist” alerts on their own so that you can contact state elected officials with just a few clicks! (Some states are already doing awesome work with this tool, and we’re excited to roll out our plan later this spring to bring training and implementation to more states.)
  • Free stickers, posters, and other “AAUW swag” available for order through the upcoming policy events form
  • And, of course, this weekly Washington Update newsletter is your top resource for the latest public policy information and updates from the AAUW policy shop.

Questions about any of these resources? Got an idea for a new resource? Want to let AAUW know about your latest and greatest public policy idea? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the fab public policy team AAAUW by e-mailing advocacy@aauw.org or calling 202.785.7793.