About OSBA's federal advocacy resources

4/20/2017 12:00:00 AM

With the signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law, it is more important than ever for locally elected school board members, public education advocates, parents and community members to be informed about the debates and discussions around K-12 education policy at the national level. 

In order to help our members stay up to date, OSBA legislative staff will provide regular updates about these important issues on its Federal Advocacy Resources page.

You will find:

  • Links to the latest News Announcements about federal or national education issues
  • A link to a page dedicated to providing the latest information about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) from OSBA, the Oregon Department of Education, the National School Boards Association and the U.S. Department of Education
  • Links to other national resources information of interest to help provide insights and context on federal education policy

The goal of this resource is to help local board members become more empowered to weigh in on federal issues that will impact districts and schools here in Oregon.

For more information, please contact OSBA Interim Director of Legislative Services Lori Sattenspiel.

Salary and Benefits Survey Data

3/30/2017 12:00:00 AM

The most recent labor contract settlement data submitted to OSBA.

School Leader News

3/24/2017 12:00:00 AM

OSBA's monthly newsletter with state and national news about public education.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Addresses Full Staff

2/13/2017 12:00:00 AM

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos began her first day in office by thanking the Department's career employees for ensuring a smooth and professional transition.

New ESSA Guidance Documents Released

1/11/2017 12:00:00 AM

U.S. Department of Education releases guidance documents to provide resources to states

Implementation of DOL Overtime Regulation Delayed

11/29/2016 12:00:00 AM

Federal judge grants emergency preliminary injunction to delay implementation of U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime regulation

ODE posts answers to questions on Measure 98

11/28/2016 8:34:29 AM

Measure 98 is designed to improve graduation rates by emphasizing career and college-readiness offerings in high schools, and creating or expanding dropout-prevention programs.

U.S. Department of Education releases final regulations for Accountability & State Plans

11/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

Six months after proposing draft regulations for Accountability and State Plans and four months after the public comment period closed, the U.S. Department posted the final rule.

Task force advocates for statewide threat assessment system

10/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

Members of the Oregon Task Force on School Safety have come up with solutions they believe will make schools safer.

ODE releases model Healthy and Safe Schools Plan

10/4/2016 12:00:00 AM

A model for schools to use in developing new state-mandated Healthy and Safe Schools Plans to address toxics hazards in buildings is now available from the Oregon Department of Education.

New video and FAQs available on paid sick-time law

9/27/2016 8:20:47 AM

OSBA policy staff have developed a new video and updated frequently asked questions to address Senate Bill 454’s requirement on paid sick time.

Resources are available to help combat child sexual abuse

9/26/2016 12:00:00 AM

It's a topic no one likes to think is relevant to them, but statistics say otherwise.

Seaside visit kicks off annual Fall Regional meetings around Oregon

9/26/2016 12:00:00 AM

Agendas for this year’s meetings include discussion of upcoming ballot measures, revenue reform, “The Promise of Oregon” and “Oregon Rising” campaigns, and legislative priorities for 2017.

Strategies can help address election-related angst in schools

9/26/2016 12:00:00 AM

Educators typically love presidential election years because they offer rich opportunities for teaching about civics and the election process, but this year is different.

Task force urges caution in selecting after-market doors and locks

9/2/2016 8:08:01 AM

The State Fire Marshal’s Office cautions that some after-market door-locking devices may not comply with state building codes.

U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance to Schools on Ensuring Equity and Providing Behavioral Supports to Students with Disabilities

8/9/2016 12:00:00 AM

U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance to Schools on Ensuring Equity and Providing Behavioral Supports to Students with Disabilities (8/9/16) 

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) today issued guidance in the form of a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) that emphasizes the requirement that schools provide positive behavioral supports to students with disabilities who need them. It also clarifies that the repeated use of disciplinary actions may suggest that children with disabilities may not be receiving appropriate behavioral interventions and supports. When schools fail to consider and provide for needed behavioral supports through the Individualized Education Program (IEP), it is likely to result in children not receiving the free appropriate public education to which they are entitled under federal law.


Oregon biennial school funding shortfall stands at $1.99 billion, report finds

8/8/2016 12:00:00 AM

Oregon is spending nearly $2 billion per biennium under what is necessary to meet the state’s own K-12 education goals, according to a new report from the Quality Education Commission.

U.S. Department of Education Releases Assessment Regulations

7/20/2016 12:00:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Education has issued two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking to implement Title I, Parts A and B of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which relate to academic assessments. On July 6, 2016,, the Department released proposed assessment regulations developed through the negotiated rulemaking process conducted earlier this year. The proposed regulations also include provisions relating to ESSA’s innovative assessment demonstration authority, more commonly known as the “innovative assessment pilot program.” The Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM’s) will be formally published in the federal register, and a public comment period of 60 days will begin upon the formal date of publication.

The Department’s two NPRM’s as well as a summary of the proposed regulations can be accessed here.

State, U.S. government and NSBA provide transgender guidance

6/9/2016 12:00:00 AM

Schools have seen transgender issues emerge as one of the biggest challenges of 2016; these new resources can provide guidance.

"Oregon Rising": OSBA, COSA, OEA invite Oregonians to "dream" schools' future

4/12/2016 10:59:52 AM

Oregon Rising asks Oregonians to engage at a local level to answer a fundamental state-wide question: What do we want Oregon schools to be for our children and grandchildren?

New program rewards board development with scholarship funds

3/16/2016 8:43:52 AM

Under the Promise Scholarship Program, nine boards selected by OSBA from among applicants can receive $5,000 each in student scholarship funds by completing a five-step process.

OSBA debuts new “Ask HR” blog

11/12/2015 9:10:20 AM

OSBA’s expert human resources consultants are ready to answer your questions in a brand-new blog called “Ask HR.”

Deadline approaches for Leadership Oregon 2015

10/20/2014 8:12:26 AM

Leadership Oregon is an advanced leadership course offered to qualified board members from OSBA member districts. Participants learn leadership skills and join a strong support network of education leaders from across the state

Districts should be on alert for suspected false billings

9/19/2014 11:55:28 AM

A number of Oregon school districts have reported receiving requests for purchasing data that could be related to a suspected nationwide string of fraudulent billings from a company calling itself “Scholastic School Supply.”

Summer Board Conference concludes in Bend

7/21/2014 12:00:00 AM

A weekend of intensive learning and keynotes from state education leaders wrapped up Sunday.

NSBA launches national campaign to support public education

4/9/2014 12:00:00 AM

In partnership with state associations including OSBA, the National School Boards Association has launched Stand Up 4 Public Schools, a new national campaign to highlight the importance of public education.

Legal Assistance Trust vacancies

10/14/2013 3:19:43 PM

The Legal Assistance Trust has two vacant positions.

18 graduate from OSBA's advanced class in school board leadership

5/18/2011 12:06:00 PM

5/17/2011 - Over the past five months, school board members from around the state participated in OSBA's Leadership Oregon training, which prepares them to better serve their communities and students.