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Oregon graduation rates tick up slightly, but remain low nationally

The state reported that the class of 2014’s graduation rate in Oregon was 72 percent.

OSBA members will advocate for Oregon schools in U.S. Capitol

OSBA members will urge Congress to significantly improve components of the No Child Left Behind Act, reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act, and increase federal funding for Title I and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

OSBA Executive Director comments on the Ways and Means proposed budget

Betsy Miller-Jones speaks on KBND radio about the Ways and Means Committee co-chairs' proposed budget that would fund the State School Fund at a little above $7.2 billion for 2015-17.

Read the latest OEIB Bulletin - January 23, 2015

Oregon Chief Education Officer Dr. Nancy Golden has provided this latest update on Oregon Education Investment Board activities.

January 16 Legislative Highlights is now online

Get the latest legislative news

Seventy-eighth Legislative Assembly begins

Speaking to the joint session of the Legislature, Gov. Kitzhaber spoke about the disparities of people living in Oregon today.

Senate elects Courtney to historic seventh term, swears in new members

Sen. Peter Courtney was sworn in for a record-setting seventh time as the Senate president when the 78th Legislature kicked off January 12 with three “organizing days.”

Oregon House convenes, elects leaders

On January 12, the Oregon House of Representatives convened to organize and appoint committees, adopt rules, introduce bills, swear in members and choose legislators to fill key leadership posts.

Ways and Means co-chairs unveil budget framework

The co-chairs’ framework places the State School Fund at a little above $7.2 billion for the biennium.

Contact your legislator

Find your legislators’ contact information on the Oregon Legislature’s website.

Co-chairs release State School Fund target of $7.24 billion

The co-chairs who guide budgeting decisions in the Legislature projected allocating $7.24 billion for the State School Fund in 2015-17 – about $335 million more than Gov. Kitzhaber’s proposed budget.

Flu resources

Seasonal “flu” occurs between October and May and typically peaks in January and February. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that this will be a particularly heavy flu season.

Minority board member selected for NSBA Delegate Assembly

Daryl Dixon, a member of the North Clackamas School Board, has been selected as OSBA’s minority delegate to the National School Boards Association Delegate Assembly in March.

President Dave Krumbein heads new OSBA officer lineup

Joining Dave Krumbein on the OSBA Board of Directors are Bobbie Regan (Portland PS), president-elect; Doug Nelson (High Desert ESD), vice president; Sam Lee (Winston-Dillard SD), secretary-treasurer; and Lori Theros (Klamath Falls City Schools), past president.

Leadership Oregon sessions set to begin Jan. 9

Participants will develop advanced leadership skills and join a network of education leaders from across the state.

Education Department develops Common Core resources

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has developed handouts and other resources to help explain the Common Core State Standards and related testing to parents and other community members.

January is “School Board Recognition Month”

Gov. Kitzhaber has signed a proclamation declaring January 2015 as “School Board Recognition Month;” the proclamation recognizes the dedication of individuals serving on the boards of Oregon’s 197 public school districts, 19 education service districts and 17 community colleges.

New pricing packages offered for job postings

OSBA pricing for individual job postings and job posting packages on our website

OSBA teams with local boards to provide testimony

OSBA and school board members are working together to ensure that legislators hear direct testimony about concerns and priorities at the local level.

FCC approves funding increase for school, library Internet services

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday approved spending an extra $1.5 billion annually to increase high-speed Internet access for schools and libraries.

Looking back for a moment as we move ahead to 2015

President's Post: Dec. 2014 update from Lori Theros, OSBA board president

“Promise” campaign is unveiled at OSBA Annual Convention

After months of planning, “The Promise of Oregon” campaign debuted Nov. 14 at OSBA’s Annual Convention in Portland.

OSBA members provide feedback on 2014 Fall Regionals

Member feedback from 20 Fall Regional meetings across the state showed several consistent themes that will help guide OSBA staff over the coming year.

Two-month marathon opens doors between OSBA, board members

Keeping you in the loop: Dec. 2014 update from Betsy Miller-Jones

Elections close Dec. 15 for OSBA Board of Directors

Time is running out to vote for 10 positions on the OSBA Board of Directors.

Governor proposes $6.9 billion for State School Fund

The proposed total is about $250 million more than the final SSF budget for the current biennium, but includes funding for all-day kindergarten, which most Oregon public schools will institute in the fall of 2015.

OSBA's Annual Convention debuts “Promise” campaign

OSBA's 2014 Annual Convention concluded Nov. 16 after daily doses of inspiration from keynote speakers, dozens of informational workshops and the debut of “The Promise of Oregon” public awareness campaign.

OSBA debuts “The Promise of Oregon” campaign

The campaign will keep its focus on Oregon’s greatest natural resource: more than 700,000 students in grades kindergarten through community college.

OSBA Annual Convention is ON!

OSBA Annual Convention is ON!

“The Promise of Oregon” campaign will debut Friday, Nov. 14

“The Promise of Oregon,” a public education support campaign celebrating the achievements and aspirations of Oregon students, will debut Nov. 14 at OSBA’s Annual Convention in Portland.

“Promise” campaign is attracting media attention

An article Nov. 10 on the OregonLive website outlines the campaign’s goals and includes a link to a trailer video.

Schools and community colleges largely successful with bond elections

Six of nine K-12 school districts passed bonds; all three community college bonds passed. All six local option levies on the ballot also passed easily.

Oregon’s 2015 Teacher of the Year named at Gresham High

Gresham High School social studies teacher Michael Lindblad was recognized Oct. 31 as Oregon’s 2015 Teacher of the Year. He will also be formally recognized during OSBA’s Annual Convention Nov. 13-16.

Dallas district makes tools available for Ebola response

Faced with intense media interest after five students may have had contact with a person diagnosed with the Ebola virus, the Dallas Independent School District in Texas recently developed a communications toolkit.

Who does what? Roles and responsibilities, and why they matter

Keeping you in the loop - October 2014 Update from Betsy Miller-Jones

Pulitzer Prize winner joins "Promise" campaign

President's Post: October 2014 Update from Lori Theros, OSBA board president

New campaign, Annual Convention just around the corner

The biggest OSBA member event of the year, the Annual Convention, has aligned with OSBA’s biggest campaign ever, “The Promise of Oregon.” The campaign is set to debut Nov. 14.

Literacy campaign aims to place 80,000 books with students

The "stORytime" campaign includes an online book donation portal. Books will be distributed to the elementary school of the donor’s choice or sent to schools with an identified need.

U.S. Education Department outlines virus resources

Among the resources are a fact sheet for parents and questions and answers for the public about enterovirus D68 and the Ebola virus.

OSBA director named to school safety task force

Peggy Holstedt, OSBA’s director of board development and policy services, was among those named to a new state task force on school safety.

Deadline approaches for Leadership Oregon 2015

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

2014 School Law Conference

Attend the 34th Annual Oregon School Law Conference

State Supreme Court hears oral arguments over PERS bills

OSBA continues its defense of five school districts sued over the passage of Public Employees Retirement System legislation in 2013 during oral arguments before the state Supreme Court.

National School Boards Action Center urges public school advocates to take action in 2014 Congressional elections

NSBAC releases its 2014 election guide to help school advocates assess candidates who have pegged public education as an important campaign issue.

Brady Fund grant program opens

The Brady Fund grant program opens October 2 to help needy students

ODE Safe School Resources

The Oregon Department of Education has a range of resources available to help you as you review your local school safety policies and plans in light of the recent tragedy at Reynolds High School.

Districts should be on alert for suspected false billings

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.”

We need to build the infrastructure for Common Core

Keeping you in the loop - September 2014 Update from Betsy Miller-Jones

Public education campaign holds “Promise” for local schools

President's Post: September 2014 Update from Lori Theros, OSBA board president

OSBA supports $200 million request for school seismic upgrades

The Oregon School Boards Association supports Peter Courtney's $200 million request to ensure that Oregon's children are learning in safe and modern schools.

Summer Board Conference concludes in Bend

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

Affordable Care Act resources now posted on OSBA website

Confused by provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) scheduled to take effect in 2015? OSBA has just compiled a wealth of resources to help.

Remain vigilant in these troubling times

President's Post: June 2014 Update from Lori Theros, OSBA board president

How board members can boost graduation rates

Keeping you in the loop - June 2014 Update from Betsy Miller-Jones

Ensuring that accountability doesn’t undermine local control

President's Post: May 2014 Update from Lori Theros, OSBA board president

Affordable Care Act information online

OSBA’s Employment Management web pages have been updated to include a wealth of information on the Affordable Care Act.

Did you miss the April 23 webinar on Smarter Balanced Assessments?

Listen to a recording of the April 23 webinar on the newest standardized tests.

NSBA launches national campaign to support public education

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.

Trending Issues: April 23 Webinar on Smarter Balanced Assessments

Join OSBA Executive Director Betsy Miller-Jones as she hosts a webinar on April 23 on the newest standardized tests.

2013-14 Salary Survey Book

Updated Teacher Salary Survey Book

OSBA and NSBA partner to offer National Connection Program

The National Connection program, offered by the Oregon School Boards Association and the National School Boards Association, is a service package of seven resources that range from public engagement techniques to federal insider tips to grant writing assistance.

NSBA launches national campaign to support public education

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.

ODE seeks nominations for Teacher of the Year

The Oregon Department of Education is currently seeking nominations for the 2015 Oregon Teacher of the Year.

Address poverty to help students achieve

How can school board members address the impacts of poverty that affect so many students' ability to achieve? Attend one of these conferences to learn more.

PPS Board member and OSBA Vice President Bobbie Regan comments on the PPS conceptual agreement with its teachers union

Portland Public Schools Board member and OSBA Vice President Bobbie Regan comments on the PPS conceptual agreement with its teachers union.

OSBA Board welcomes new officers, receives positive audit and financial news

The outlook for the year for the Oregon School Boards Association finances is positive, allowing OSBA to continue to provide needed services to school districts.

TELL Oregon survey will open Feb. 24

The anonymous online survey of Oregon public school teachers and administrators is designed to give teachers and administrators "the opportunity to shape the future of our schools."

Jan. 29 OSBA Webinar on Oregon Values and Beliefs Survey: The State of Education

Join us as we talk about the 2013 Oregon Values and Beliefs Survey Results and what the public's mood toward education means for OSBA members in the future.

Golden Joins In Recognizing Oregon's School Boards

School Board Recognition

Trending issues: December 2 Webinar on Common Core Standards

Learn more about the Common Core and ask questions about the impact this initiative will have on the work of your school board and staff.

Legal Assistance Trust vacancies

The Legal Assistance Trust has two vacant positions.

ODE releases redesigned school report cards

According to the Oregon Education Department, this is the first major overhaul of report cards for K-12 schools and districts since the report cards were introduced in 2000.

OSBA's Regan Talks Public Education on OPB "Think Out Loud" Program

OSBA's Regan Talks Public Education on OPB "Think Out Loud" Program about the Oregon Values and Beliefs Survey.

Legislature passes bill package on PERS reform, revenue

The Legislature passed a package of bills today during a special session on revenue and reform of PERS.

Brady Fund grant program opens

The Brady Fund grant program opens October 2 to help needy students

2013 OSBA/COSA Legislative Report is available

The 2013 OSBA/COSA Legislative Report is now available.

2013 School Law Conference

Attend the 33rd Annual Oregon School Law Conference

OSBA welcomes special session on PERS reform, revenue

Gov. Kitzhaber called a special session for Sept. 30. OSBA sees hope for students across the state through PERS reform and revenue.

Holstedt adds board development to her director position

Peggy Holstedt has been officially named as OSBA's director of Board Development and Policy Services.

OSBA's Miller-Jones interviews Oregon's new interim education chief

Video segment of Betsy Miller-Jones interviewing Nancy Golden, OEIB interim education chief.

Oregon enacts law restricting employer access to employees' social media accounts

Oregon enacts law restricting employer access to employees’ social media accounts, such as Facebook or Twitter, of their job applicants and employees. The new law, an amendement to ORS 659A, designates such a request as an unlawful employment practice.

Legislative session ends; PERS special session possible

2013 legislative session ended Monday, July 8 with a possible special session for PERS reform.

Oregon Senate approves $6.55 billion appropriation

The Oregon Senate approved a $6.55 billion dollar appropriation for the State School Fund with the passage of Senate Bill 5519 on a 22-8 vote.

State School Fund bill stalls in Senate

The State School Funding bill stalled in the Senate on Monday morning on a 15-5 vote.

School funding bill passes hurdle

Senate Bill 5519 includes $6.55 billion for K-12 education; combined with PERS reform already passed this session, schools will receive roughly $1 billion more in the next biennium than currently.

Current Mediation Report

Current mediation report for Oregon school districts.

Salary and Benefits Survey Data

The most recent labor contract settlement data submitted to OSBA.

Borrowing program, TANPool, helps fill gaps in funding for schools

TANPool borrowing program helps schools cover cash flow issues by allowing participants to issue a Tax Anticipation Note sold in the bond market.

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News Releases

Oregon school board members head to DC to urge support for education priorities

1/29/14 - Federal payments to counties, NCLB waiver, and investing in programs to help disadvantaged students will be discussed.

Miller-Jones and Howatt elected to NSBA positions

12/16/13 - OSBA Executive Director Betsy Miller-Jones was re-elected as Pacific Region secretary-treasurer and OSBA Past President Kris Howatt (Gresham-Barlow School Board) was elected as the alternate Pacific Region representative to the NSBA Policies and Resolutions Committee.

OSBA applauds co-chairs' budget proposals for education

3/4/13 - By recognizing the importance of adequate school funding, the co-chairs' budget will allow some districts to avoid making further reductions.

OSBA Board selects Miller-Jones as OSBA executive director

1/28/13 - The Oregon School Boards Association Board of Directors has unanimously selected Interim Executive Director Betsy Miller-Jones as the association’s new executive director.

Oregon school board members head to DC to urge support for education priorities

1/25/13 - Federal payments to counties, Oregon's NCLB waiver, and "fiscal cliff" resolution will be discussed.

Salem-Keizer School Board rejoins OSBA

7/11/2012 - With Salem-Keizer School Board's decision to rejoin, the Oregon School Board's Association once again represents every school board in Oregon. A unanimous and united OSBA will be a strong voice for students and public education in Oregon.

Portland Public Schools Board of Directors rejoins Oregon School Boards Association

6/25/2012 - By rejoining the association, Portland Public Schools helps unify advocates for public education as we tackle major statewide issues like school funding, student achievement and accountability.

Governor taps school board members to help guide higher education

5/16/2012 - Gov. John Kitzhaber has appointed five locally-elected school board members to serve on the newly created Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

Jim Green joins OSBA as Deputy Executive Director

2/27/2012 - Green, an attorney, lobbyist and Salem-Keizer School Board member, knows the issues and challenges school board members face.

OSBA board members report productive meetings in D.C.

2/16/2012 - Agenda included federal payments to counties and NCLB waiver.

Oregon school board reps press education issues in Washington, D.C.

2/08/2012 - A delegation of the Oregon School Boards Association's board of directors met with the state’s congressional delegation to stress the importance of Oregon’s proposed waiver of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

OSBA’s legislative priorities show sense of urgency

1/31/2012 - The Oregon School Boards Association calls on its membership to advocate for a list of legislative priorities during the upcoming legislative session, and endorses Governor John Kitzhaber’s call for enacting "education achievement compacts" with local school districts.

OSBA honors local board members

1/17/2012 - It’s “School Board Recognition Month,” and the Oregon School Boards Association has recognized our board members for their service to public education.

OSBA announces leadership change

1/7/2012 - The OSBA Board of Directors has named Betsy Miller-Jones as interim Executive Director effective immediately.

Thirty-six school board members receive leadership awards

11/22/2011 - The awards, offered through OSBA’s Leadership Institute, represent a significant level of achievement in board leadership and development.

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

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.

Gladstone School District wins national recognition from the American School Board Journal

4/04/2011 - The Center for Children and Families, which offers educational programs and social services, earns Magna Award honorable mention.

School board members talk funding with Oregon's Congressional delegation in D.C.

2/08/2011 - Six board members meet with Senators Merkley and Wyden and five House members to talk about the impact of federal stimulus funds on Oregon's schools and federal timber payments.