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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.

Board of Directors seeking candidates

OSBA's Board of Directors seeking applicants from Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties to fill vacancy.

Read the latest OEIB Bulletin - August 1

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

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.

Board member input needed on OSBA's Legislative Policies and Priorities

The upcoming legislative sessions in 2015 and 2016 will be crucial for public education in Oregon and we need your input on what school board members need in Oregon.

Remain vigilant in these troubling times

President's Post: June 2014 Update from Lori Theros, OSBA board president

'Summer Camp' offers Leadership Institute opportunities

Board members can earn OSBA Leadership Institute credits by attending "Summer Camp for School Boards" July 18-20 in Bend.

How board members can boost graduation rates

Keeping you in the loop - June 2014 Update from Betsy Miller-Jones

Students overcome obstacles to reach graduation

Local school board members can play a crucial part in boosting graduation rates by creating a culture and climate where our students – and educators – feel welcome, supported and engaged in the learning community.

June School Leader News is now online

Get the latest education news

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.

Elliott State Forest funding interview with OSBA Secretary-Treasurer Sam Lee

Elliott State Forest & Common School Fund: OSBA Secretary-Treasurer Sam Lee (Winston-Dillard School Board) discusses the issue on radio station KQEN

Resources help schools respond and recover in times of crisis

A shooting incident at Reynolds High School on Tuesday that left two dead and one teacher injured has rekindled interest in resources available when schools confront violent acts and begin the healing process.

Secure your dream job with OSBA’s new mock interview service

OSBA can help you form a strong first impression, then build on it by improving your interview skills to maximize your chances of getting the post you desire.

Read the latest OEIB Bulletin - May 30, 2014

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

TELL Oregon survey results released

The TELL survey is an anonymous statewide survey of licensed, school-based educators to assess teaching conditions at the school, district and state levels.

May School Leader News is now online

Get the latest education news

Ensuring that accountability doesn’t undermine local control

President's Post: May 2014 Update from Lori Theros, OSBA board president

Board visits demonstrate the power of local control

Keeping you in the loop - May 2014 Update from Betsy Miller-Jones

Golden requests that ODE design district accountability system

Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Rob Saxton has formed a task force to develop a framework for the accountability system, and OSBA is taking an active role in that work.

'Summer Camp' for board members is just around the corner

Keynote speakers include Nancy Golden, Oregon's chief education officer, and Rob Saxton, the state's deputy superintendent of public instruction.

‘The Promise of Oregon’ video shooting begins

“The Promise of Oregon” is an OSBA devised and driven campaign to demonstrate the importance of public education in our state.

Local bond issue results point to statewide facilities needs

Unofficial statewide results from the May 20 election show that three local school bond measures passed, two failed and three remain too close to call.

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.

State will make $2 million available for Common Core assessments

The Oregon Department of Education announced that about $2 million will be available statewide to pay for assessment tools related to Common Core State Standards.

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.

New pricing packages offered for job postings

OSBA pricing for individual job postings and job posting packages on our website

Legislative Report details results from “Short Session”

The 2014 OSBA/COSA Legislative Report, which describes in detail those bills that affect public education in Oregon, is now available.

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.

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.

ODE seeks nominations for Teacher of the Year

The Oregon Department of Education is currently seeking nominations for the 2015 Oregon Teacher of the Year.

Address poverty to help students achieve

How can school board members address the impacts of poverty that affect so many students' ability to achieve? Attend one of these conferences to learn more.

PPS Board member and OSBA Vice President Bobbie Regan comments on the PPS conceptual agreement with its teachers union

Portland Public Schools Board member and OSBA Vice President Bobbie Regan comments on the PPS conceptual agreement with its teachers union.

Read the latest OEIB Bulletin

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

OSBA Board welcomes new officers, receives positive audit and financial news

The outlook for the year for the Oregon School Boards Association finances is positive, allowing OSBA to continue to provide needed services to school districts.

Oregon school board members head to DC to urge support for education priorities

Federal payments to counties, NCLB waiver, and investing in programs to help disadvantaged students will be discussed.

TELL Oregon survey will open Feb. 24

The anonymous online survey of Oregon public school teachers and administrators is designed to give teachers and administrators "the opportunity to shape the future of our schools."

Jan. 29 OSBA Webinar on Oregon Values and Beliefs Survey: The State of Education

Join us as we talk about the 2013 Oregon Values and Beliefs Survey Results and what the public's mood toward education means for OSBA members in the future.

Golden Joins In Recognizing Oregon's School Boards

School Board Recognition

Oregon Education Investment Board priorities

Read about the OEIB's priorities for your students, "Prosperous Students = Prosperous Oregon."

OSBA members provide feedback during Fall Regionals

Read a summary of the hundreds of comments OSBA received from members, organized by Fall Regional meeting site.

Trending issues: December 2 Webinar on Common Core Standards

Learn more about the Common Core and ask questions about the impact this initiative will have on the work of your school board and staff.

Legal Assistance Trust vacancies

The Legal Assistance Trust has two vacant positions.

ODE releases redesigned school report cards

According to the Oregon Education Department, this is the first major overhaul of report cards for K-12 schools and districts since the report cards were introduced in 2000.

OSBA's Regan Talks Public Education on OPB "Think Out Loud" Program

OSBA's Regan Talks Public Education on OPB "Think Out Loud" Program about the Oregon Values and Beliefs Survey.

Legislature passes bill package on PERS reform, revenue

The Legislature passed a package of bills today during a special session on revenue and reform of PERS.

Brady Fund grant program opens

The Brady Fund grant program opens October 2 to help needy students

2013 OSBA/COSA Legislative Report is available

The 2013 OSBA/COSA Legislative Report is now available.

2013 School Law Conference

Attend the 33rd Annual Oregon School Law Conference

OSBA welcomes special session on PERS reform, revenue

Gov. Kitzhaber called a special session for Sept. 30. OSBA sees hope for students across the state through PERS reform and revenue.

Holstedt adds board development to her director position

Peggy Holstedt has been officially named as OSBA's director of Board Development and Policy Services.

OSBA's Miller-Jones interviews Oregon's new interim education chief

Video segment of Betsy Miller-Jones interviewing Nancy Golden, OEIB interim education chief.

Oregon enacts law restricting employer access to employees' social media accounts

Oregon enacts law restricting employer access to employees’ social media accounts, such as Facebook or Twitter, of their job applicants and employees. The new law, an amendement to ORS 659A, designates such a request as an unlawful employment practice.

Legislative session ends; PERS special session possible

2013 legislative session ended Monday, July 8 with a possible special session for PERS reform.

Oregon Senate approves $6.55 billion appropriation

The Oregon Senate approved a $6.55 billion dollar appropriation for the State School Fund with the passage of Senate Bill 5519 on a 22-8 vote.

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State School Fund bill stalls in Senate

The State School Funding bill stalled in the Senate on Monday morning on a 15-5 vote.

School funding bill passes hurdle

Senate Bill 5519 includes $6.55 billion for K-12 education; combined with PERS reform already passed this session, schools will receive roughly $1 billion more in the next biennium than currently.

Current Mediation Report

Current mediation report for Oregon school districts.

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Salary and Benefits Survey Data

The most recent labor contract settlement data submitted to OSBA.

Borrowing program, TANPool, helps fill gaps in funding for schools

TANPool borrowing program helps schools cover cash flow issues by allowing participants to issue a Tax Anticipation Note sold in the bond market.

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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.