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Announcements

New K-12 seismic rehab workshops scheduled

Be informed about the next round of Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program funding.

2015-2016 Salary Survey now available

Teacher salary and benefits survey

TELL Oregon survey results released

The survey asks a variety of questions about teaching conditions, instructional practices and opportunities for professional development.

Chief Education Office Bulletin - April 29, 2016

The latest update on the activities of the Oregon Chief Education Office.

Bethel SD’s Colt Gill named education innovation officer

The newly created position is charged with lifting Oregon’s high school graduation rate.

Registration opens for 'Summer Camp for School Boards’

Workshop topics include handling difficult bargaining issues, a systems approach to student achievement, school finance, and an update on legislative issues and ballot initiatives.

New Promise Scholarship Program deadline looms

The application deadline of May 1 is approaching quickly for a new pilot program that will reward board development actions with scholarship funds for students.

Oregon Rising outreach campaign takes wing April 12

The campaign asks Oregonians to engage locally to answer a fundamental statewide question: What do we want Oregon schools to be for our children and grandchildren?

April School Leader News is now online

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The Challenges Ahead: Sick-time, minimum-wage, PE laws place burden on schools

Third in a series on looming costs and solutions, focusing this month on sick-time, minimum wage and PE laws.

Study statewide issues carefully

Keeping you in the loop - April 2016 Update from Betsy Miller-Jones

Promise update: Districts and ESD share stories of dreaming bigger

The Promise campaign is collecting examples of how public schools are changing students’ lives, and how by dreaming bigger we can ensure that Oregon students reach their full potential.

Miller-Jones to retire Jan. 1 as OSBA executive director

A search firm will be hired to develop a timeline and process so the OSBA Board can hire a highly qualified candidate and ensure a smooth transition.

OSBA creates new resource for federal advocacy

It is more important than ever for you to be informed about the debates and discussions around K-12 education policy at the national level.

OSBA advisory work group studies revenue reform options

The work group is an outgrowth of Fall Regionals discussions from last year, at which a majority of attendees indicated that they favored varying methods of revenue reform.

OSBA plans mailing address change

OSBA will discontinue use of its existing P.O. Box about July 1.

Sample proclamation honors school nurses on May 11

Use this proclamation to honor your school nurses on National School Nurse Day, May 11.

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

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 ‘Promise’ video debuts: Baker Technical Institute

The Baker Technical Institute was founded on the dual premise of preparing students for the workforce and creating economic development in a small community.

ODE begins statewide town hall meetings March 31

The process is designed to build a framework for a statewide plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, passed by Congress earlier this year.

March School Leader News is now online

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Promise update: Baker CTE video will debut

A new “Promise of Oregon” video featuring the Baker Technical Institute is scheduled to debut in early April.

Details on other school-related initiative petitions

Besides Initiative Petition (IP) 28, two other initiatives proposed for the November ballot would affect public schools.

Fulfilling the Promise of Oregon

Keeping you in the loop - March 2016 Update from Betsy Miller-Jones

Mark your calendar: ‘Summer Camp for School Boards’ is July 15-17

OSBA's Summer Board Conference is your opportunity to learn more about the critical issues facing Oregon's schools and their leaders.

The Challenges Ahead: Unions, business prepare to square off over IP 28

Second in a series on looming costs and solutions, focusing this month on Initiative Petition 28.

2016 OSBA/COSA Legislative Report is now online

The 2016 OSBA/COSA Legislative Report describes the bills enacted by the 2016 Oregon Legislative Assembly that affect public schools and community colleges.

New program rewards board development with scholarship funds

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.

New video debuts: Tillamook natural resources program

The Tillamook SD program gives students multiple opportunities each year to experience learning in an outdoor setting.

'Oregon Rising': Our Collective Vision for Public Schools

Help us frame a strong effort to shape the future of Oregon public education to reflect all our hopes and dreams.

February 26 Legislative Highlights is now online

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‘Don't Catch This Wave’: Students advocate for disaster preparedness

Seaside School District students spoke to legislators about the need for community members to be prepared for natural disasters, including tsunamis.

Short Session grinding toward adjournment

After four intense weeks, the Oregon Legislature’s February Session appears on track to wrap up its work by the March 6th constitutional sine die deadline.

Update on key education-related bills in the 2016 session

Quick recap of actions related to key education policy bills OSBA is following: House Bill 4002, HB 4031, HB 4057, HB 4130, Senate Bill 1537, SB 1564 and SB 1566.

Minimum wage bill heads to governor for signature

Senate Bill 1532A, which increases Oregon’s minimum wage, passed the House on Feb. 18 after five hours of debate.

Issues & Answers Forum brings together communicators, officials

The forum brought together school district communicators and state education policymakers to discuss current issues.

February School Leader News is now online

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OSBA membership includes free online publication access

Guides on boardsmanship, board self-evaluation, budget committees and more, plus a recently updated school bond manual, and a brand-new Oregon School Construction Contract Manual.

Details on school-related ballot measure proposals

Proponents are planning three proposed measures that would have widely varying financial implications for Oregon schools if they qualify for the November ballot and are approved by voters.

Oregon governors on tax challenges and funding education

“After two decades of Measure 5 and Measure 50 we have not been able to sustain meaningful investments in education." - Gov. Kate Brown

New member resource: Oregon School Construction Contract Manual

Designed to help school districts, education service districts, charter schools and community colleges understand the procurement process and contract negotiations information for design professional and construction services.

Gelser bill addresses fifth-year high school programs

Keeping you in the loop - February 2016 Update from Betsy Miller-Jones

The Challenges Ahead: Revenue reform battle looming on November 2016 ballot

First in a series on the financial issues, and possible solutions, facing Oregon’s schools in 2016 and beyond.

Bonds, Ballots and Buildings Conference sees record crowd

During the general session, speaker Sen. Richard Devlin told school leaders they should be prepared to discuss their infrastructure needs with legislators.

‘Oregon Rising’ promotes community conversations around schools

OSBA is participating in the initial phase of a joint effort with COSA and the Oregon Education Association to build momentum for an increased state-level investment in K-12 schools.

Promise update: Tillamook natural resource video will debut

The Tillamook video is one of four planned videos showcasing cutting-edge programs – STEM, CTE, the arts and more – that support students in reaching their potential.

Unemployment benefit bill passed by the Senate

Senate Bill 1534 amends ORS 667.221 and would make a change to allow certain educational personnel access to unemployment benefits during summer and winter breaks.

Quarterly revenue forecast released

The Office of Economic Analysis released its quarterly revenue projections for March 2016 which showed a modest increase since the close of the 2015 legislative session.

February 16 Legislative Highlights is now online

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Minimum wage bill clears the Senate

Oregon will have the highest minimum wage rate in the nation if Senate Bill 1532 becomes law.

Bill to study how school districts spend their money approved by Senate Committee

Senate Bill 1541 requires ODE to review expenditures in multiple categories, including instruction, support services, administration, transportation and business services.

Update on key education-related bills in the 2016 session

Read a quick recap of actions related to key education policy bills OSBA is following this February: House Bills 4057 and 4130, and Senate Bills 1566 and 1537.

2016 short Legislative Session begins

A minimum wage increase, solving the state’s affordable housing crisis and reforming the foster care system are just a few of the many issues on the docket for this short 35-day session.

Key education-related bills in the 2016 Session

Learn more about key bills likely to be voted on in February: House Bills 4002, 4031, 4057, 4130, 4119, and Senate Bills 1566 and 1537.

2016 Short Legislative Session Update Webinar

Join OSBA’s legislative team for up-to-the-minute news on the 2016 35-day legislative session that convened Feb. 1.

February 8 Legislative Highlights is now online

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Three-Region Minimum Wage Proposal to be considered by the Senate

Proposals to increase the minimum wage are a major discussion topic of the 2016 short legislative session. Learn about Senate Bill 1532 and House Bill 4054.

Bill to address speech and language pathologist shortage approved by House Committee

House Bill 4022 would allow a retired speech language pathologist or SLP assistant to come back to work in a school district and not have their retirement impacted.

Workplace Retaliation Claim Primer

How can education professionals avoid claims and lawsuits stemming from allegedly retaliatory actions?

Oregon grad rates up 2 percentage points for 2015

The 2015 four-year graduation rate stood at 74 percent, up 2 percentage points from 2014.

New video debuts: David Douglas early learning program

The David Douglas School District is pioneering the use of pre-kindergarten programs to teach children during formative learning years.

OSBA Legislative Services staff attends summits

Members of OSBA’s Legislative Services department participated in legislative summits in Baker City, Redmond and Hillsboro, along with local board members, legislators, administrators, students and others.

January School Leader News is now online

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Online TELL Oregon survey will open Feb. 1

Starting Feb. 1, the 2016 TELL (teaching, empowering, leading and learning) Oregon survey will be open to all licensed school-based Oregon educators to complete before the end of the month.

Learn from the Winners: Reynolds finds first time bond can be charm

In conjunction with OSBA’s Bonds, Ballots and Buildings Conference in Salem on Feb. 5, this is the second in a series of articles on how districts passed bond campaigns.

Promise update: David Douglas video on early learning will debut

A brand-new video highlighting the early learning wing at Earl Boyles Elementary in Portland is scheduled to debut Jan. 28.

OSBA welcomes new officers, Board and LPC members

With a new year comes a new slate of officers on OSBA’s Board of Directors, headed by President Doug Nelson of the High Desert Education Service District.

Learn more from the winners

Board members have an important role in the bond campaign process.

Oregon has opportunity to shape ESSA accountability

Keeping you in the loop - January 2016 Update from Betsy Miller-Jones

Learn from the Winners: Woodburn retools after narrow loss

In conjunction with OSBA’s Bonds, Ballots and Buildings Conference in Salem on Feb. 5, this is the third in a series of articles on how districts passed bond campaigns.

The Every Student Succeeds Act: Major Changes Coming to ESEA

Participate in this interactive webinar to learn how the Every Student Succeeds Act will impact Oregon’s school districts, ESDs, staff and students.

Overview of Title IX – Not Just for Sports

Questions often arise regarding how long records should be kept and what should be retained or discarded.

Chief Education Office Bulletin - December 18, 2015

The latest update on the activities of the Oregon Chief Education Office.

Forty-six school board members receive leadership awards

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

Gov. Brown plans to name ‘education innovation officer’

A focus of the new education innovation officer position in her administration would be improving Oregon’s high school graduation rates, which are among the country’s lowest.

State to match local investments in school facilities

New grant program leverages state and local funding to improve schools.

Records Retention

Questions often arise regarding how long records should be kept and what should be retained or discarded.

Records Retention

Questions often arise regarding how long records should be kept and what should be retained or discarded.

OSBA debuts new “Ask HR” blog

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

October School Leader News is now online

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Nominations for 'Promise Programs'

See the list of school districts, education service districts, community colleges and charter schools who submitted "Promise Programs" nominations.

OSBA Annual Convention registration closes Nov. 2

The conference theme this year is “Celebrate the Promise of Oregon: Sharing Best Practices.” Keynote speakers include Nicholas Kristof, John-Michael Keyes and Donna Hartley.

One meeting remains for 2015 Fall Regionals

OSBA staff have logged more than 4,000 miles in visits to 19 communities.

Lake Oswego Board intent on higher goals through Lighthouse

Lake Oswego’s schools were rated tops in the country in a recent study, but the district’s board is aiming even higher.

‘Promise Programs’ take center stage in preparing students

This fall and into 2016, the Promise campaign will be showcasing districts whose cutting-edge programs are preparing students for careers and college.

OSBA elections will open soon

The voting period opens Nov. 16 for OSBA elections for the Board of Directors and Legislative Policy Committee, and runs through Dec. 18.

Promise update: New video will kick off at Annual Convention

A new feature video will be screened at convention on Nov. 13, including footage from schools opening in Umatilla, Tigard-Tualatin, Philomath and Bandon.

OSBA staff provide guidance on weapons on campus

OSBA staff have updated and expanded a series of questions and answers for members on weapons and schools, as well as the legal concerns surrounding armed staff and hired security.

Weapons on campus: making sense of conflicting laws

In light of the recent tragedy at Umpqua Community College, many community colleges and school districts have questions about weapons and weapons policy.

Replay of Oct. 14 capital bond funding webinar now available

Two OSBA lobbyists who helped ensure passage of the funding presented a webinar explaining the ins and outs of the new funding, including application requirements and deadlines.

Brady Fund grant program opens

The Brady Fund grant program opens October 5 to help needy students

2015 OSBA/COSA Legislative Report is now online

The 2015 OSBA/COSA Legislative Report describes the bills enacted by the 2015 Oregon Legislative Assembly that impact the personnel, operations, programs and finance of school districts, ESDs, charter schools and community colleges.

Read Oregon's Chief Education Officer Nancy Golden's final message - August 28, 2015

The latest update on the activities of the Oregon Chief Education Office.

Read the latest update from Oregon's Chief Education Officer - August 20, 2015

The latest update on the activities of the Oregon Chief Education Office.

OSBA passes resolution aiming to cut teen texting while driving

"Distraction Free Driving Awareness Day" will be observed September 19, 2015.

Dr. Nancy Golden introduces the Chief Education Office - July 31, 2015

The Oregon Chief Education Officer introduces the Oregon Chief Education Office and provides this latest update on the office's activities.

Feds approve Oregon flexibility waiver under ESEA

Oregon schools won’t face the immediate possibility of further requirements or potentially sanctions under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act; the waiver was granted without conditions through 2017-18.

Veterans Preference - Incorporating into your hiring process

Everything you need to ensure that your hiring process complies with current veterans preference statutes.

2015 OSBA/COSA Legislative Summary is now online

The 2015 OSBA/COSA Legislative Summary contains a brief synopsis of new laws from the 2015 Legislative Session impacting the personnel, operations, programs and finance of school districts, ESDs, charter schools and community colleges.

News Releases

Miller-Jones to retire Jan. 1 as OSBA Executive Director

4/25/16 - A search firm will be hired to develop a timeline and process so the OSBA Board can hire a highly qualified candidate and ensure a smooth transition in leadership.

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

4/12/16 - The public outreach campaign 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 "Promise" video debuts on Baker Techinical Institute

4/5/16 - The Institute includes career pathways in construction, industrial and engineering systems, health services and agriculture.

President Doug Nelson leads new OSBA Officer lineup

1/5/16 - With a new year comes a new slate of officers on OSBA's Board of Directors, headed by President Doug Nelson of the High Desert Education Service District.

Forty-six school board members receive leadership awards

11/14/2015 - The awards, offered through OSBA’s Leadership Institute, represent a significant level of achievement in board leadership and development.

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.