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OSBA encouraged by preliminary statewide test results

Smarter Balanced test results indicate Oregon is on a path toward preparing students for college and career.

Read the latest OEIB Bulletin - June 26, 2015

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

June 19 Legislative Highlights is now online

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Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB) to be dissolved

The Oregon Education Investment Board and the Chief Education Officer were established during the 2011 Legislative Session with a “sunset” date of March 15, 2016.

Legislature nearly done, but your advocacy needs to continue

The successes of this legislative session could not have occurred without your hard work and dedication to the students of the state of Oregon. Your advocacy efforts made the difference.

Discussions continue on Early Learning Initiatives

Senate Bill 213 tasks the Early Learning Council with evaluating Early Learning Hubs; House Bill 3380 outlines the process to begin building a pre-school system.

‘Promise’ campaign plans next phase for this fall

The public education advocacy campaign helped galvanize support for increased education funding during this legislative session.

School boards of today need more than passion to be successful

Keeping you in the loop - June 2015 Update from Betsy Miller-Jones

New bill will dissolve Oregon Education Investment Board

The original legislation established a “sunset” date that would repeal the OEIB and chief education officer position on March 15, 2016.

'Summer Camp' offers chance for Leadership Institute credits

Besides the opportunity to learn more about critical issues facing Oregon's schools, the conference offers certification at the Leadership Institute’s bronze, silver and gold levels.

June School Leader News is now online

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A turning point for Oregon schools

A message from Gladstone Superintendent Bob Stewart: What will it take to reach our goal, a 100% graduation rate?

Tigard-Tualatin student Promise video debuts

By setting high-quality photographs to music, the three-minute “We are TTSD!” video introduces a number of students of various ages, and celebrates their accomplishments

Metro seeks school board members for positions

Metro, the Portland area’s regional planning agency, is looking for local school board members to fill two positions on the Metro Policy Advisory Committee.

Former OSBA Board Member Steve Rankin dies in crash

Steve Rankin, a former member of the OSBA Board of Directors, was killed Thursday night in a vehicle accident near Warm Springs.

Data privacy, sick leave and bargaining bills face action

Three bills with significant school interests are among those still moving through the legislative process. OSBA is asking that members contact legislators to urge a “no” vote on two of them – paid sick leave (SB 454) and expedited bargaining (HB 2544).

June 5 Legislative Highlights is now online

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House endorses improvements to interdistrict transfer law

Senate Bill 709-B improves the current interdistrict transfer statute by creating more transfer options and providing better continuity to students.

OSBA Action Alert: Contact your legislator for additional funding NOW

Over the next week or so, decisions will be made by legislative leadership about how to divide the few remaining available state dollars for K-12 funding for the 2015-17 biennium.

Low spending tied to low school performance, analysis finds

According to the analysis, Oregon schools ranked 38th in performance and 39th in per-pupil spending, adjusted for cost of living.

Supreme Court ruling expected to raise PERS costs

On April 30, the state Supreme Court struck down major provisions of 2013 legislation designed to hold down spiraling PERS costs, effectively eliminating much of the legislation’s anticipated $5.3 billion in savings.

School capital matching funds bill awaiting vote to advance

Many of Oregon’s K-12 school buildings are badly in need of repair or replacement; Senate Bill 447 may bring some relief.

May School Leader News is now online

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It’s time to build bridges with new board members

Keeping you in the loop - May 2015 Update from Betsy Miller-Jones

Board 'Summer Camp' is just around the corner

"Summer Camp for School Boards" – a chance to meet with school board members from across the state – is coming up July 17-19 at OSBA's annual Summer Board Conference.

Schools expected to get funding boost from jobs growth

K-12 schools are expected to receive an extra $105.8 million in 2015-17, thanks to stronger-than-expected job growth and income tax collections.

Schools and community college see bond elections, levies succeed

All seven school bond and local option levies passed in the May 19 election, continuing recent positive trends on such votes.

OSBA mourns passing of Reynolds Board Chairman Bruce McCain

McCain contributed greatly to public education as a member of OSBA’s Legislative Policy Committee and an ongoing member of Oregon’s education community.

Legislative Update - Video: May 19, 2015

Find out what is happening NOW in the Legislature! Watch the OSBA Legislative Update Video.

Noor will lead state Department of Education

Salam Noor, who most recently held a director position at the state Higher Education Coordinating Commission, succeeds Rob Saxton as deputy superintendent of public instruction.

School board candidate filings number 817 this election

There are 696 open positions across the state, and 483 incumbents are running.

May 15 Legislative Highlights is now online

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Legislative Highlights to be published intermittently

With the 2015 legislative session working toward adjournment, OSBA will be publishing Legislative Highlights on an as-needed basis, as important issues or legislation arise.

May forecast up – schools to receive $105.8 million more in 2015-17

Under a promise made by the Legislature when it appropriated $7.25 billion to the State School Fund earlier this session, schools will receive 40 percent of any increased revenue. Through that formula, schools would get $7.36 billion in 2015-17.

House committee approves small high school grant extension

Senate Bill 667A in its original form would have made the small high school grant permanent, but under an amendment adopted in the Senate Education Committee earlier this session it is extended for five more years.

Read the latest OEIB Bulletin - May 15, 2015

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

May forecast up – schools to receive $105.8 million more in 2015-17

New state revenue projections released May 14 indicate that K-12 schools will receive an extra $105.8 million in 2015-17, thanks to stronger-than-expected job growth and income tax collections.

Paid sick leave bill heard

Senate Bill 454A creates a very prescriptive process to allow employees paid sick leave if they work in Oregon under certain conditions.

OSBA Legislative Priority: Capital matching funds for school districts in the spotlight

The Task Force on School Capital Improvement Planning issued a report to the Legislature in 2014 concluding that state matching dollars are a critical incentive for local communities to invest in school facilities. Key task force recommendations were drafted into Senate Bill 447.

May 8 Legislative Highlights is now online

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Pacific Region publishes highlights from March NSBA Board meetings

Pacific Region members of the National School Boards Association Board of Directors have compiled highlights from two board meetings held in Nashville, Tenn.

In “Promise” video, Oregonians trace path to success through public schools

As part of “The Promise of Oregon” campaign, 10 adult Oregonians describe how their public school experiences led to professional successes.

Brookings-Harbor School Board members featured on OPB

Brookings-Harbor School Board Members Bruce Raleigh and Katherine Johnson said the PERS decision could lead to teacher layoffs and larger class sizes.

State Supreme Court strikes down most 2013 PERS reforms

Preliminary estimates from the Legislative Fiscal Office show that for the 2017-19 biennium, K-12 schools could see increased PERS costs of $358 million, or 5.5 percent.

May 1 Legislative Highlights is now online

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Charter school funding bill receives hearing

HB 2150A would amend ORS 338.013 and 338.155, and is intended to amend a law enacted in 2011 under passage of House Bill 3417.

Interim bargaining bill heard in second committee

HB 2544 would add a binding arbitration clause to the expedited bargaining process, and as written would change ORS 243.698.

Schools projected to face $358 million bill from PERS ruling

The state Legislative Fiscal Office reached that figure by estimating that PERS rates that school employers pay would rise by an average of 5.5 percent in 2017-19.

House Rules Committee holds hearing on ethics, public records changes

Proposals included in the bills included giving the Legislature the ability to order an investigation into the activities of the governor and changes to Oregon’s ethics laws.

Miller-Jones discusses school board service on KLCC radio

OSBA's executive director addressed the value of school board service and the need to encourage diversity among board candidates, Smarter Balanced testing and the value of local control.

Supreme Court overturns bulk of PERS reforms

The Supreme Court’s ruling effectively eliminates much of the anticipated $5.3 billion in savings from the legislation.

PACE Awards recognize two districts, risk management coordinator

The awards highlight significant contributions made in 2014 to the Property and Casualty Coverage for Education program.

Improvements to interdistrict transfer system clear Senate Education Committee

On April 21, the Senate Education Committee voted 6-1 to send Senate Bill 709, with amendments, to the full Senate for consideration.

Deadlines come and deadlines go

April 21 was the deadline for bills to be “worked” in a work session in the originating committee, or the bill was dead.

Charter bills in Senate Education

Senate Bill 3044 and Senate Bill 3045 would make changes to ORS 332.158, 338.120 and ORS 338.155(5).

April 24 Legislative Highlights is now online

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Attend a Ways and Means field hearing – continue the push for higher funding

The Oregon Legislature’s Joint Committee on Ways and Means will continue its field hearings across Oregon during April. We urge you to advocate on behalf of Oregon’s schoolchildren!

School Safety Task Force newsletter - April issue now online

Among the task force’s responsibilities are to make recommendations on compiling and storing a database of public school floor plans, and developing coordinated plans and training for safety incident responses to schools.

April 17 Legislative Highlights is now online

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Next Steps: Revenue and spending discussion should occur now

The question now is where to find additional funds to raise the amount in the State School Fund.

Career and Technical Education bill gets momentum in committee

House Bill 3166 was brought by the Baker City School District and, as drafted, would establish standards to allow certain persons to teach non-core courses.

OSBA Action Alert: Ways and Means field hearings continue – continue the push for higher funding

The Oregon Legislature’s Joint Committee on Ways and Means will continue its field hearings across Oregon during April. We urge you to advocate on behalf of Oregon’s schoolchildren!

Student Information Privacy bill advances

SB 187A would prohibit online educational sites, services and applications from compiling, sharing or disclosing student personal information for any purpose other than for school purposes.

Secure Rural Schools legislation gets two-year extension

The United States Senate gave final approval to legislation that will extend federal payments to Oregon’s timber counties for two years.

2014-2015 Salary Survey now available

Teacher salary and benefits survey

Senate Education Committee hears charter school bills

Senate Bill 819 and Senate Bill 588 impact school districts and charter schools and range in policy changes from audits, transportation costs and the percentage of dollars passed through to charter schools.

Bill to support English Language Learners receives consensus

House Bill 3499 aims to improve educational outcomes for English Language Learners in our K-12 public schools.

Senate approves State School Fund budget

The Senate approved the proposed budget along straight party lines, with the total amount appropriated to the SSF at $7.255 billion.

Reynolds’ Bruce McCain honored for leadership, service

Reynolds School Board Chair and OSBA Legislative Policy Committee member Bruce McCain was honored by OSBA for his service.

2014-15 Salary Survey Book

Updated Teacher Salary Survey Book

April 10 Legislative Highlights is now online

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School funding advocacy efforts need to continue

What are the next steps in our fight to protect our schools and the students of Oregon?

OSBA ACTION ALERT: OSBA members urged to testify at Ways and Means Committee field hearings

During the next 90 days, OSBA will work with the Legislature to increase the K-12 education funding level of $7.255 billion for the 2015-17 biennium. We need your continued advocacy!

Saxton announces move to Northwest Regional ESD

Rob Saxton, Oregon’s deputy superintendent of public instruction, has announced he will leave the post effective June 30 to become superintendent of the Northwest Regional Education Service District.

Keep moving the conversation on ‘legislators’ budget’

Keeping you in the loop - April 2015 Update from Betsy Miller-Jones

Education Department updates handout on Smarter Balanced

The new one-page fact sheet focuses on how Smarter Balanced differs from its predecessors, and how creating higher standards will better prepare young people for their future.

April School Leader News is now online

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‘Promise’ campaign builds momentum amid budget votes

The basic premise of ‘The Promise of Oregon’ campaign is that our primary investment should be in educating our children.

'Summer Camp' for board members is coming up

This is your chance to learn more about the critical issues facing Oregon's schools and their leaders.

Third “Promise” video features Jordan Valley High student

Nick Eiguren talks about the advantages of growing up in a small, rural town, and preparing for college.

House passes $7.25 billion K-12 budget

The Oregon House of Representatives voted 35-25 to pass a State School Fund budget of $7.25 billion for the 2015-17 biennium; the Senate will take up the bill as early as April 6.

OSBA ACTION ALERT: Urge Senate “No” vote on State School Fund

Oregon schools and students need your help! We need to find a way to fund schools at a minimum of $7.5 billion to hold even.

April 3 Legislative Highlights is now online

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Unemployment bill receives Senate hearing

Senate Bill 470 would make a significant change in policy to the unemployment benefits for non-instructional workers in school districts and community colleges.

Student transfer bill debated in Senate Education Committee

SB 709 is an attempt at highlighting the policy questions that need to be answered when crafting a new system for student transfers that treats all children equitably.

OSBA ACTION ALERT: State School Fund

Over the next week, legislators in Salem will decide whether to settle for a State School Fund (SSF) budget that will dictate more cuts affecting students, or aim higher. You can change students’ future, and ours – contact your legislators!

Ways and Means Committee approves State School Fund budget

The total amount appropriated to the SSF is $7.255 billion, which is slightly higher than the previous amount of $7.235 billion.

Education Roundup: OEIB workgroup seeks proposals; Outdoor School funding headed to Ways and Means; student discipline bills advance to full Senate

Senate Education Committee discussed the future of the Oregon Education Investment Board and considered Senate Bills 439, 553 and 556.

March 27 Legislative Highlights is now online

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Senate’s employer bills could impact school districts

Senate Bill 414, Senate Bill 454 and Senate Bill 470 would escalate costs while obstructing the ability to decide how to deliver certain services.

Charter school bills heard in House Education Committee

House Bill 3045 would change ORS 338.155; House Bill 3046 would allow districts to request a waiver from the State Board of Education for the existing application and evaluation process.

March 20 Legislative Highlights is now online

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State School Fund testimony continues

Beaverton, David Douglas and North Clackamas school districts testified that the proposed $7.235 billion budget would create reductions in their schools.

Education Roundup: Construction excise taxes and dyslexia training

Senate Bill 903 would extend the law, originally passed in 2007, that allows school districts to impose a tax on new construction. Senate Bill 612 would require better training and screening for students with dyslexia.

Small district self-directed superintendent search service debuts

OSBA has developed a new service to help school boards of small school districts and education service districts (1,650 ADM or less) conduct an executive search for a superintendent for a minimal cost.

Measles prevention and treatment resources available to schools

The U.S. Department of Education has made a number of resources available to districts nationwide as the result of a recent measles outbreak tied to a California amusement park. Thus far, only one Oregon case has been reported as part of the outbreak.

Watch a recording of the March 16 Legislative Session Update webinar

Learn about Oregon's Education Fundamentals Gap and legislative funding proposals for 2015-17.

March 13 Legislative Highlights is now online

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Education Roundup: Student discipline discussion dominates Senate Education Committee

On March 10, the Senate Education Committee held public hearings on four bills related to student discipline.

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.