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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.

March 27 Legislative Highlights is now online

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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.

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!

Upcoming May bond elections

One community college and six school districts have placed a bond on the May 2015 ballot.

Read the latest OEIB Bulletin - March 20, 2015

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

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.

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.

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.

March 20 Legislative Highlights is now online

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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.

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.

March 13 Legislative Highlights is now online

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State School Fund hearings held

The Joint Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education held public hearings this week on the budget bill (House Bill 5017) to fund the State School Fund (SSF) for the 2015-17 biennium.

Legislative Update - Video: March 12, 2015

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

Education advocates call on legislators to adequately invest in schools

Umatilla fifth-grader Alfonso Bernal and Bethel SD Superintendent Colt Gill joined dozens of other education advocates testifying before the Education Subcommittee of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means to ask the Legislature to significantly invest in schools through the 2015-17 State School Fund.

Ways and Means Subcommittee to hold public hearings on the State School Fund

The Education Subcommittee of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means will hold hearings on March 10 and 11.

Education Roundup: Lowering compulsory school age and 60-day SPED evaluations

House Bill 2673 would require each school district to prepare an annual summary of special education services that are offered to students by the district. Senate Bill 321 requires that children in Oregon begin attending public school at age 5; the current compulsory age is 7.

OSBA Bill Spotlight: Capital matching funds bill moving forward

Senate Bill 447, which would provide state matching dollars for capital construction, took an important step forward in the legislative process.

School board candidate information is online

Learn what you need to know about running for election for your local school board.

Radon testing by schools bill heard in House Committee

House Bill 2931 is the first step in undertaking the complex task of testing for the presence of radon gas in all school buildings.

March 6 Legislative Highlights is now online

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Revenue Committee discusses High Cost Disability Fund

The House Revenue Committee held a hearing on two bills that would increase the amount of funding in the High Cost Disability Account for school districts to access for costs associated with students with disabilities that exceed certain levels.

OSBA Webinar: 2015 Legislative Session Update - March 16

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

Second “Promise” video features Sublimity Middle (North Santiam SD) student

February 27 Legislative Highlights is now online

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Ways and Means Subcommittee to hold hearings on State School Fund

The subcommittee will hear presentations from Oregon Department of Education (ODE) staff related to the State School Fund.

Career and Technical Education bills receive hearings

Along with these hearings, several students were stationed in the Capitol Galleria showcasing their successes, and demonstrating 3D printing and other robotics and industry technologies.

OSBA/COSA Legislative Day welcomes big crowd to Capitol

Attendees took the opportunity to visit directly with legislators and share their views on pressing topics such as educational funding, assessments, the Oregon Education Investment Board and replacing aging school buildings.

OSBA Bill Spotlight: House Bill 2608 shakes up OEIB membership

HB 2608 would add two board positions to the Oregon Education Investment Board to be filled by a sitting school board member and the parent of a current K-12 student.

School Safety Task Force newsletter debuts

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.

Poster identifies effects of school funding levels

Reminiscent of the highly successful "school bus poster" of 2013, this visual aid is being mailed out this week to districts statewide.

February 20 Legislative Highlights is now online

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Committee hears testimony opposing public contracting bill

Senate Bill 414 would make significant changes to the public contracting code in Oregon Revised Statutes 279B.

Revenue forecast up, kicker appears likely to kick

The state’s revenue forecast is roughly $87 million higher than the previous forecast in December. It now appears that the personal income kicker could be activated, resulting in roughly $349 million being returned to taxpayers.

Kate Brown sworn in as Oregon’s governor

Secretary of State Kate Brown became Gov. Kate Brown after swearing an oath as Oregon’s 38th governor.

OSBA legislative priority: Senate Bill 447 provides capital matching funds

During the last legislative interim, a task force report concluded that state matching dollars can provide a key incentive for local communities to make capital investments in their schools. The recommendations of the task force were drafted as Senate Bill 447.

Ensuring that OSBA emails arrive in mailboxes

Periodically OSBA sends out emails to its members and others with updates on services, educational news and calls to action. Spam filters at Gmail and possibly other services can trap those emails as “spam,” preventing them from arriving at inboxes.

Senate committees consider kicker law reform

Oregon’s kicker law requires that when general fund revenues exceed estimated amounts by more than two percent, the excess is refunded to personal income taxpayers as a credit on their income tax return.

Gov. Kitzhaber announces resignation, effective Feb. 18

Gov. John Kitzhaber announced that he will resign the office of governor effective Feb. 18. Secretary of State Kate Brown will be sworn in as Oregon's governor at that time.

Expedited bargaining bill heard in House committee

House Bill 2544 would reduce the required period of expedited bargaining from 90 days to 60 days and add a binding arbitration clause.

February 13 Legislative Highlights is now online

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Testing, assessment and Smarter Balanced dominate week’s discussion

The Senate Education Committee and the House Education Committee heard extensive testimony and debate about the use of standardized tests in our public schools.

February 6 Legislative Highlights is now online

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Hear OSBA Secretary-Treasurer Sam Lee's radio interview on his meetings with legislators in Washington, D.C.

Sam Lee, OSBA secretary-treasurer and Winston-Dillard School Board member, speaks on KQEN radio about No Child Left Behind, the Child Nutrition Act, Secure Rural Schools, school funding and the Promise of Oregon.

Board members deliver OSBA’s message to Congress

Members of the Oregon School Boards Association Board of Directors and Legislative Policy Committee met with Oregon’s congressional delegation as part of the National School Boards Association's 2015 Advocacy Institute.

Senate Education Committee holds first hearing on OEIB sunset; work group to be appointed

OEIB is currently scheduled to sunset in 2016 unless the Legislature takes action; SB 215 would eliminate that sunset and allow the OEIB to continue as a state agency.

Education committees hear from state education leaders

House and Senate Education Committees heard from Chief Education Officer Nancy Golden; Ben Cannon, executive director of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission; and Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Rob Saxton.

“Promise” petition to legislators debuts on website

The “Promise” campaign focuses on the accomplishments of Oregon’s K-14 students and the need to adequately fund public education; the petition urges legislators to invest in schools.

January 30 Legislative Highlights is now online

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Make your voice heard in Salem!

The Oregon School Boards Association and COSA will host a Legislative Day to advocate for reinvestment in public education that will support student achievement.

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.

New benefit for OSBA members: free online publications

In an effort to provide you with tools in a timely and convenient manner, we are offering many of our publications and online courses free as a new benefit to OSBA members.

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.

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.”

Contact your legislator

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

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.

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.

January 16 Legislative Highlights is now online

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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.

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.

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.

Two-month marathon opens doors between OSBA, board members

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

“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.

Looking back for a moment as we move ahead to 2015

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.”

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.

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.

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.