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About the Bend Education Association

The Bend Education Association is a local union consisting of more than 1,100 educators from Bend-La Pine Public School District #1. The mission of the Bend Education Association is to unite the public education profession and advocate for professionals to ensure quality public education for students in Oregon. The BEA is an affiliate of Oregon Education Association (OEA) and the National Education Association (NEA).

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Bend Education Association

Message from Association President, Sarah Barclay

Welcome! We are thrilled that you are here to learn more about Bend Education Association.


BEA represents the certified staff of Bend-La Pine School District which includes classroom teachers, school psychologists, nurses, teachers on special assignment (TOSA’s), counselors, and specialists. Our purpose is to unify and strengthen the efforts of educators through collaboration with the District, community organizations, and parents. Our efforts are centered in working for the welfare of children, promoting the interests of public education, advancing the standards of the teaching profession, securing the conditions necessary to ensure the greatest efficiency of teachers and schools, and to represent our members in their efforts. 


I feel ... an ardent desire to see knowledge so disseminated through the mass of mankind that it may, at length, reach even the extremes of society: beggars and kings.

Thomas Jefferson 1808

“History is a great teacher. Now everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

"America still has the right stuff to thrive. We still have the most creative, diverse, innovative culture and open society - in a world where the ability to imagine and generate new ideas with speed and to implement them through global collaboration is the most important competitive advantage."

Thomas Friedman - Author

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