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OSBA webinar planned Oct. 14 on capital bond funding

Two OSBA lobbyists who helped ensure passage of the funding will present a webinar designed to explain the ins and outs of the new funding, including application requirements and deadlines.

Chief Education Office Bulletin - September 24, 2015

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

OSBA solicits minority delegate applicants to attend NSBA Delegate Assembly

The OSBA Board of Directors invites Oregon school board members who are members of a recognized minority population to represent OSBA as a minority delegate at the 2016 National School Boards Association conference.

September School Leader News is now online

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OSBA election nominations will be closing soon

Thirteen seats are open on the OSBA Board of Directors, as well as all 19 seats on the Legislative Policy Committee (LPC).

Time is short to save on OSBA Annual Convention registration

New board members elected since Dec. 1, 2014, receive a significant discount – it’s only $75 total to register. All others receive $50 off registration fees through Oct. 9.

Central Point student video celebrates ‘Promise’

Through the first in a new series of student videos, the Central Point School District is demonstrating what “The Promise of Oregon” campaign is all about.

OSBA needs to hear from members on revenue reform

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

Seaside visit kicks off annual Fall Regional meetings around Oregon

Agendas for this year’s meetings include a wrap-up of the recent legislative session, an update on capital construction funding, a summary of “The Promise of Oregon” campaign’s next phase, and feedback from members on revenue reform and board training.

Oregon AG to present student privacy workshop

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum will be the featured speaker during an OSBA Annual Convention workshop on “Student Privacy in the Digital Age.”

Promise update: Video and photos being created this month

“The Promise of Oregon” campaign’s videographers and photographers are visiting 10 schools statewide this month and in early October to continue chronicling the aspirations and accomplishments of Oregon students.

OSBA Board elects Reynolds, Larsen, Cruise as officers

OSBA elected three officers for 2016 at its regular meeting Sept. 18-19: President-elect Betty Reynolds, Vice President LeeAnn Larsen, and Secretary-treasurer Don Cruise

Smarter Balanced panel discussion planned in Portland

The editorial board of The Oregonian/OregonLive is planning a public panel discussion Sept. 23 on the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

ODE releases detailed Smarter Balanced test results

As expected, based on preliminary data released in summer, students scored better on the test than had been projected.

CTE Revitalization Grant RFP and webinar recording

The Oregon Department of Education released its Career and Technical Education Revitalization Grant request for proposals Aug. 31.

ODE posts CTE grant application information

The Oregon Department of Education has posted a variety of materials to assist districts in applying for a new round of Career and Technical Education Revitalization Grants, which the Legislature funded at $9 million for the 2015-17 biennium.

Central Point SD creates student video celebrating ‘Promise’

The primary purpose of the extravaganza was to focus on students and build enthusiasm for the work they do as a public school.

ODE seeks volunteers to review grant proposals

The Oregon Department of Education is seeking volunteers to serve as reviewers for 2015 CTE Revitalization Grant Proposals.

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.

Volunteer awards applications due Nov. 3

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is seeking applicants in grades 5 to 12 who have contributed to their communities through volunteer service.

Conference on equity issues planned in Portland

The October “Teaching With Purpose Conference” is designed to focus on equity issues in schools and inspire culturally responsive leadership and practices.

CTE Revitalization Grant Update - CHANGE IN WEBINAR

The Oregon Department of Education will hold an informational webinar Sept. 1 on the Career and Technical Education Revitalization Grant request for proposal process.

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.

Oregon students beat national averages on ACT

Oregon students scored above national averages across the board on the ACT college readiness assessment, according to data released this week.

OSBA Convention focuses on Promise, best practices

If you haven't already done so, now is the time to reserve your spot at OSBA's 69th Annual Convention Nov. 12-15 in downtown Portland.

OSBA elections are approaching - be sure to vote

OSBA elections will be held this year from Nov. 16 to Dec. 18. Thirteen seats are open on the OSBA Board of Directors, as well as all 19 seats on the Legislative Policy Committee (LPC).

August School Leader News is now online

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Promise update: New phase begins this fall with videos, photos

Less than a year after its official launch, “The Promise of Oregon” campaign is gearing up for its next phase.

Want to fill the gaps? Demonstrate them first

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

Opt-out law requirements outlined in Q/A format

Wondering how and when to comply with House Bill 2655, Oregon’s new “opt-out” law on state testing? View OSBA's Q&A sheet.

Smarter Balanced results exceed expectations, provide challenges

Statewide test results from the new Smarter Balanced Assessment will be released Sept. 17. These results measure academic growth and establish a new baseline for Oregon students.

Save the date for the 2015 Fall Regional Meetings

OSBA invites you to attend the 2015 Fall Regional Meetings to discuss opportunities and challenges facing school boards and districts across our state.

Golden will retire as chief education officer

After two years of service as Oregon's chief education officer, Nancy Golden is stepping down.

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.

ODE advances District Improvement Partnership plans

The Oregon Department of Education released plans on how it will partner with districts that are not meeting benchmarks in achievement, growth and graduation.

Workshops planned for seismic grant funding

Attend one of the workshops around the state to learn more about Oregon’s Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program for public school buildings.

State provides new resources on grant funding

The Oregon Department of Education has made new information available on grant funding, including those for Career and Technical Education.

Legal Assistance Trust seeks three Board members

The three seats on OSBA’s Legal Assistance Trust Board are open to any board member whose district is a member of the trust.

OSBA passes resolution aiming to cut teen texting while driving

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

Speaker unravels knots during ‘Summer Camp for School Boards’

Keynote speaker Mike Weber tied his audience in knots during OSBA’s annual "Summer Camp for School Boards" conference to demonstrate an important point.

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.

‘Summer Camp for School Boards’ concludes in Bend

OSBA’s annual "Summer Camp for School Boards," wrapped up Sunday in Bend after a weekend of workshops, speakers and more for nearly 200 attendees.

Legislature makes historic investment in capital construction for K-12

$125 million in capital bond matching program and $175 million in seismic funding approved at close of the 2015 Legislative Session.

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.

Legislative Update - Video: July 8, 2015

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

OSBA encouraged by preliminary statewide test results

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

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.

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.

‘Promise’ campaign plans next phase for this fall

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

'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.

School boards of today need more than passion to be successful

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

June School Leader News is now online

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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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

It’s time to build bridges with new board members

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Legislative Update - Video: May 19, 2015

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

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.

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.

May 8 Legislative Highlights is now online

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

2014-2015 Salary Survey now available

Teacher salary and benefits survey

2014-15 Salary Survey Book

Updated Teacher Salary Survey Book

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.

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.

Legislative Update - Video: March 12, 2015

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

School board candidate information is online

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

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

Kaitlin Sandall describes how she has faced the diagnosis that she is diabetic and her dreams to help other diabetics.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.