About OSBA's legislative advocacy

We are a strong voice for public education

American Education Week

American Education Week is traditionally observed the week before Thanksgiving.

Appointing subcommittees

The board has the authority to appoint special committees.

Back to School Week

While Back to School Week officially ended in 2004, we think it's an event worth perpetuating. What better say to help Oregonians understand what public schools are doing for our children and our future?

Board chair's authority

A description of the board chair's authority.

Board secretary

The board secretary provides the board with accurate records of meeting minutes, handles board correspondence, and posts all meetings.

Board training

The chair should encourage board members to attend professional development.

Board training - workshops

Customized board training, facilitation, consultation and advice

Boards and community engagement

A school board guide to public engagement.

Budget communication tools

User-friendly resources for informing and involving your community in the process of setting spending priorities.

Building collaborative relationships

Tips for building collaborative relationships with political and business leaders in order to develop a consensus for student success.

Building meaningful partnerships

Basic steps for building partnerships between businesses and schools.

Census primer for school boards

Resources to help you make the most of the U.S. Census information.

Choosing the chair

The selection of the board chair is made no later than the next regular meeting following July 1 each year.

Communicating during the board meeting

Resources for making a positive impression on the public at board meetings.

Communicating with diverse populations

Communicating with Oregon's growing minority population.

Communicating your message to Legislators

Do's and don'ts for building relationships with legislators.

Communication with the board and public

The primary role of the chair, other than to run meetings, is to be the voice of the board.

Community engagement resources

Links to articles designed to help school boards establish two-way communication between the organization and the community it serves.

Conducting board meetings

The most important role of the board chair is conducting the meeting.

Covering Education: A Reporter's Guide to Education in Oregon

Information about school organization, curriculum, budget, collective bargaining, education service districts and community colleges.

Districts helping districts

Resource page linking districts to information and tools from other districts.

Effective boardsmanship

What it takes to be an effective Oregon school board member.

Evaluating the superintendent

What the board needs to know to effectively evaluate the superintendent.

Executive sessions

The board may meet in executive session to discuss subjects allowed by statute but may not take final action, except for specific instances pertaining to student matters.

Exploring the benefits of regional negotiation forums

A new trend may be on the horizon for Oregon school boards. Districts in two regions - Southern Oregon and East Multnomah County - have recently improved their bargaining advantage by participating in regional negotiation forums.

Freedom of information laws

Oregon’s Public Meetings Laws govern what materials must be made available to the public and which may be withheld.

Handling board correspondence

Letters sent to the board of education through the board chair should be shared with other board members.

Healthy Kids Learn Better: State and national resources

Links to useful information from Oregon and around the nation.

History of school board elections

Statistical information about school board elections.

How much time does being a good board member require?

The time committment for school board service.

How to become a school board candidate

Information on becoming a school board candidate.

How to organize a successful community legislative forum

Pointers for planning large public events.

Is your school board dysfunctional?

Common denominators in dysfunctional school boards.

Key communicator network

Building Support for Your Schools

Keys to effective advocacy

Five tips for communicating with your legislators.

Leadership Oregon 2011

Advanced leadership training for school board members.

Leadership Oregon 2013

Advanced leadership training for school board members.

Leadership Oregon 2015

Advanced leadership training for school board members.

Leadership Oregon 2017

Advanced leadership training for school board members.

Leadership Oregon graduates

A list of the most recent Leadership Oregon graduates.

New board member resources

Resources for New Board Members

OSBA Legislative Bill Tracking

Your connection to education bills from the legislature.

OSBA services for charter schools

Learn more about the services available from OSBA for public charter schools.

Personal qualities of a board chair

Leadership is an acquired art, not something that comes naturally to all people.

Policy manual maintenance

Save time and increase productivity with this complete word processing service performed by OSBA.

Public hearings

The board will hold public hearings as required by law.

School board elections

Information on how school board elections and filing as a candidate.

Schools at the heart of communities

Schools are changing - from footprints and heating systems to landscapes and siting decisions.

Schools cycle back into the heart of the neighborhood

Communities began to move away from the concept of a small neighborhood-centered school that kids could walk to in the 1970s, but some are pushing back. Learn about this trend.

Sharing a common vision

The board chair should work to keep the board focused on the school district's vision.

Superintendent and board chair dialogue

Keeping the lines of communication open between the board chair and the superintendent benefits the entire board and school district.

Superintendent evaluation workbook

A high quality superintendent evaluation process helps develop good board/superintendent relationships, provides clarity of roles, creates common understanding of the leadership being provided and provides a mechanism for public accountability.

Tangible triumphs: Increase support for schools by changing your message

Oregonians aren't getting enough of the right information about their local schools to create a very big fan club for education. Here we provide examples of "blue-ribbon" triumphs in our schools and give you new tools to help you change the public's opinion.

The board chair and first amendment

When the board chair speaks to an issue, the public and the media assume that the chair’s statement is the opinion of the entire board of education.

The board meeting agenda

The agenda, prepared by the board chair and the superintendent, is the most important document at any board meeting.

Time/stress management

Serving on a board of education is a volunteer effort that requires many hours of diligent work.

What does a school board do?

An overview of a school board's responsibilities.

What makes a good board member?

Qualities that describe effective board members.

When you're in charge as the board chair...

As a new board chair, you suddenly find that you are making decisions, and that 'basic rule' is less defined.