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Chief Education Office Bulletin - November 20, 2015

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

Records Retention

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

Conference Committee Approves Legislation to Replace No Child Left Behind

After almost eight years of delays and failed attempts to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), a conference committee voted 39 to 1 to send a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind law to Congress for approval today.

Regional workshops will cover current labor and employment issues

In February, OSBA will send its experienced negotiators and attorneys to a location near you.

New ‘Promise’ video debuts: ‘Let’s dream bigger’

The video, demonstrating how Oregon schools are preparing students for college and career, was filmed at schools in Philomath, Umatilla, Portland, Bandon and Tigard-Tualatin.

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.”

Report hails David Douglas for mainstreaming English learners

A new policy paper from New America, a nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, D.C., highlights Oregon’s David Douglas School District as a national model for teaching younger dual language learners.

Voters pass two school local option levies Nov. 3

The only two Oregon school local option levies on Nov. 3 ballots passed handily for Riverdale and Seaside schools, according to unofficial results.

OSBA provides rule-making testimony on sick-leave law

Oregon’s new paid sick-time law, Senate Bill 454, has created a number of questions and concerns for school districts and ESDs, especially surrounding substitute teachers and coaches.

October School Leader News is now online

Get the latest education news

Nominations for 'Promise Programs'

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

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.

One meeting remains for 2015 Fall Regionals

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

OSBA-backed bills create path for school facilities funding

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

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.

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.

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.

‘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 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.

ODE posts updated district and school report cards

The report cards contain a wealth of information on staff and student demographics, class size, per-pupil spending and more.

‘New beginning’ video debuts on Promise website

The video was filmed at the opening days at schools in Umatilla, Philomath, Tigard-Tualatin and Bandon.

Brady Fund grant program opens

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

September School Leader News is now online

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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.

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.”

OSBA needs to hear from members on revenue reform

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

June 19 Legislative Highlights is now online

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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.

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.

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.

School boards of today need more than passion to be successful

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

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.

June 5 Legislative Highlights is now online

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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).

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

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.

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.

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.

Legislative Update - Video: May 19, 2015

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

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 15 Legislative Highlights is now online

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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.

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.

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.

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.