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Read the latest OEIB Bulletin - April 18, 2014

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

Data motivates us to act

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

Spring PACE Trainings

PACE is sponsoring a series of Spring Regional Meetings hosted by ESDs, focusing on current hot topics, legal implications and preventive measures.

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.

Two new members join LPC

The OSBA Board of Directors appointed Kevin Cassidy, Baker School District, and Chris Brantley, Salem-Keizer School District, to the Legislative Policy Committee.

OSBA embarks on public education support campaign

An outgrowth of the highly successful "Strong Schools, Strong State" coalition movement, the new OSBA campaign aims to build public support for K-12 schools.

April School Leader News is now online

Get the latest education news

Native American issues remain a challenge for Oregon schools

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

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.

New pricing packages offered for job postings

Starting in July, OSBA will offer new pricing packages for job postings on our website.

Teacher Appreciation Week is approaching

OSBA has a sample resolution and link to resources to help school boards proclaim the week of May 5-9 in their districts.

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.

"PACE Day: Safe and Secure Schools" coming up in Eugene

Sessions include boundary invasion, threat assessment in the aftermath of Sandy Hook, handling employment claims, concussion management and addressing school bullying.

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.

Trauma & Intervention Training

Presented by Cheri Lovre, who has 35 years’ experience working with kids and catastrophic school events.

COSA Statewide Poverty/Education Summit

Faced with an environment of increasing numbers of students experiencing poverty, it is imperative that education leaders have the knowledge and skills for systemically addressing the impacts of poverty on learning outcomes.

Three schools recognized for commitment to sustainability

State announces 2014 Oregon Sustainable School Award winners.

Read the latest OEIB Bulletin

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

OSBA Convention proposals sought for workshops and student performers

Workshop topics include the board's role in student achievement, Common Core State Standards, community college/K-12 partnerships, Smarter Balanced assessments, ensuring literacy and more.

'Summer Camp' for board members coming up in Bend

OSBA's annual Summer Board Conference, held July 18-20, gives you the opportunity to learn more about the critical issues facing Oregon's schools and their leaders.

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.

Phoenix-Talent wins honorable mention from NSBA

The Phoenix-Talent School District was recognized as an honorable mention in the Magna Awards program sponsored by the American School Board Journal. The awards recognize innovation in public education.

OSBA Secretary-Treasurer Sam Lee honored as Winston First Citizen

The Winston-Dillard Area Chamber of Commerce has named Sam Lee, OSBA Secretary-Treasurer and Winston-Dillard School Board member, as its male first citizen of the year.

OSBA finance committee members needed

The OSBA finance committee is responsible for reviewing monthly finances and overseeing budgeting, annual auditing and reporting.

Pension liability reporting bill passes House

House Bill 4155 would provide PERS with statutory authority to recover administrative expenses in order to provide the information state and local governments need to comply with GASB No. 68.

February 24 Legislative Highlights is now online

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Senate considers changes to OEIB membership; interdistrict transfer fix passes House

House Bill 4127 would require that a majority of OEIB members have worked in some part of the P-20 education system. House Bill 4007 makes technical changes to HB 2747.

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.

TANPool borrowing program helps fill gaps in funding

TANPool borrowing program helps fill gaps in funding for school districts, ESDs and community colleges.

Interdistrict transfer fix passes House; other bills of note

Two bills of note making their way through the process include House Bill 4117 and House Bill 4150.

February 14 Legislative Highlights is now online

Get the latest legislative news

Oregon's revenue forecast holds steady

The March Quarterly Revenue Forecast showed virtually no growth in state funds.

Property taxes increase for schools

The Legislative Revenue Office report projects local property tax collections for school districts to be higher than originally anticipated.

Board members take OSBA’s message to nation’s Capitol

OSBA’s delegation stressed that it is time for Congress to reinvest in our public schools.

Board member Sam Lee on KQEN radio

OSBA and Winston-Dillard School Board member Sam Lee discusses his recent trip to Washington, D.C., to advocate on behalf of Oregon students.

March 2014 forecast shows little growth in state funds

The official number is a net increase over the December 2013 forecast of only $14.8 million.

Read the latest OEIB Bulletin

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

Kitzhaber releases statewide kindergarten assessment results

The assessment reinforces the need for early childhood investment and community participation.

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.

OSBA participates in Washington County K-12 Education Forum

The gathering offered an opportunity for Washington County's educational leaders to visit with legislators as we continue to close the achievement gap and restore adequate K-12 funding levels.

State Board of Education changes poverty calculation

The State Board of Education voted unanimously to change how poverty is calculated for use in the State School Funding formula; the new method uses more accurate and up-to-date data to make the calculations.

January School Leader News is now online

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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."

OSBA contingent will take Oregon school issues to U.S. Capitol

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

Oregon increases investment in Career and Technical Education

140 middle and high schools across the state will now be receiving CTE grants.

Bonds, Ballots and Buildings Conference returns after 3 years

The Jan. 10 Bonds, Ballots and Buildings Conference offered workshops focused on making bond issues and option levies work for local communities.

Five new members join OSBA Board of Directors

Mike Cosgrove, Steven Lowell, Betty Reynolds, LeeAnn Larsen and Maureen Wolf took office Jan. 1.

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.

New edition of Oregon School Bond Manual available

A collaboration between OSBA and experts in the bond field, the manual's 12th edition is packed with information designed to help districts bring a bond issue from concept to completion.

A time for recognition and strong beginnings

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

Golden Joins In Recognizing Oregon's School Boards

School Board Recognition

Welcome from new OSBA President Lori Theros

Theros reflects on her commitment to education and greets OSBA's membership.

2013 OSBA Election Results

2013 Election Results

Announcement

Holiday dos and don'ts

It's that time of the year again.

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.

Interview with OEIB's Doris McEwen

Betsy Miller-Jones interviews Doris McEwen, OEIB's deputy director for curriculum and instruction.

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.

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.

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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Salary and Benefits Survey Data

The most recent labor contract settlement data submitted to OSBA.

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.