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Announcements

Substitute teacher fall conference planned for Oct. 15

Speaker Michael Grinder will discuss “Understanding non-verbal communication,” and the substitute teacher of the year presentation will be held.

Classroom energy grants available for K-8 teachers

SaveOnEnergy.com will award six $500 grants to be used toward classroom materials and activities.

PERS Board set to approve 2017-19 rate increases

New video and FAQs available on paid sick-time law

OSBA policy staff have developed a new video and updated frequently asked questions to address Senate Bill 454’s requirement on paid sick time.

Oregon Rising report outlines vision for state’s schools

After months of work, results are being made public today from an unprecedented survey through the Oregon Rising campaign.

Green named as OSBA’s new executive director

Jim Green, a longtime and highly respected legislative advocate for Oregon's public schools, has been selected as OSBA’s next executive director, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

First Responder Appreciation Day is Tuesday, Sept. 27

The annual event recognizes police officers, firefighters and others who are the first on the scene when emergencies happen.

Three OSBA efforts aligning as 2017 session approaches

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

Measure 97: Schools solution or regressive tax?

Both sides are ramping up for a contentious and expensive effort to persuade voters in November about the controversial proposal, which would impose a gross receipts tax on large corporations.

Time is short to save on OSBA Annual Convention registration

Just a couple of weeks are left to save with early-bird registration for OSBA's 70th Annual Convention Nov. 10-13 in downtown Portland.

Seaside visit kicks off annual Fall Regional meetings around Oregon

Agendas for this year’s meetings include discussion of upcoming ballot measures, revenue reform, “The Promise of Oregon” and “Oregon Rising” campaigns, and legislative priorities for 2017.

Strategies can help address election-related angst in schools

Educators typically love presidential election years because they offer rich opportunities for teaching about civics and the election process, but this year is different.

Resources are available to help combat child sexual abuse

It's a topic no one likes to think is relevant to them, but statistics say otherwise.

September School Leader News is now online

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Revenue reform remains an elusive goal in Oregon

When it comes to paying for public schools, Oregon has been in a 26-year funk, and is still searching for a clear revenue reform strategy for getting on track.

Quality Education Model shows longstanding shortfall

Lack of adequate funding remains the biggest challenge for K-12 schools.

OSBA Board nomination deadline approaching Sept. 30

Member boards may also submit resolutions for a vote by the membership.

Senate confirms Wolf’s appointment to TSPC

The Oregon Senate has confirmed the appointment of Maureen Wolf, a member of the OSBA Board and Tigard-Tualatin School Board, to the state Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.

E-board approves up to $5 million for school lead testing

Oregon school districts are eligible for state funding to pay for testing lead levels in water sources used for drinking, food preparation, and other forms of human consumption.

‘Teaching With Purpose Conference’ coming Oct. 14-15

As one of the sponsors, OSBA has free registration available to the first 20 members who wish to attend.

ODE releases model Healthy and Safe Schools Plan

A model for schools to use in developing new state-mandated Healthy and Safe Schools Plans to address toxics hazards in buildings is now available from the Oregon Department of Education.

State work group recommends broader assessments

A comprehensive work group has recommended to the State Board of Education that standardized testing alone is not adequate to measure student progress or teacher effectiveness.

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New video debuts: Glencoe High robotics team

The Glencoe High School video is the last of four videos for 2016 showcasing cutting-edge programs – STEM, CTE, the arts and more.

Assessment scores show slight increases for 2015-16

Oregon students showed slightly more career- and college-ready proficiency this year than last year based on the state’s annual “Smarter Balanced” assessments of English language arts and math skills.

Brady Fund grant program opens

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

Task force urges caution in selecting after-market doors and locks

The State Fire Marshal’s Office cautions that some after-market door-locking devices may not comply with state building codes.

Preventing hazing and cyberbullying

Recent incidents in Oregon and across the country have focused media attention on the issues of hazing and cyberbullying.

Some common questions about lead exposure

Q and A about the effects on children of lead in drinking water and what are acceptable levels.

Lead testing and safety plans rise to Oregon schools’ forefront

Lead testing and mitigation efforts have become a hot issue in districts across the state.

OSBA develops new education equity policy with input from leaders

OSBA has drafted a new optional education equity policy for districts to consider.

Superintendents, communicators plan response to election rhetoric

School officials across Oregon are planning for students' reactions to a November election campaign reeling with divisive political rhetoric.

OSBA Fall Regionals coming to a location near you

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

August School Leader News is now online

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Ten OSBA Board positions open soon for nominations

Nominations will open Aug. 22; member boards may also submit resolutions on that date for a vote by the membership.

Classroom Law Project offers guidance on creating good citizens

Attend a free workshop to learn how to engage your students in the presidential election.

Promise update: Glencoe High robotics video to be released

A new “Promise of Oregon” video focusing on Glencoe High School’s robotics team will debut Sept. 13.

Going out for a bond? Just issued a bond, and wonder what’s next?

Regional Facilities Workshops are coming to a location near you!

OSBA guidelines on new School Health and Safety Plans

An OSBA guidance document outlines the State Board of Education's new adopted health and safety plan rules.

State adopts new rules on lead testing, safety plans

Learn about the state Board of Education's new adopted lead testing plans.

NSBA urges technical needs input on ESSA

The input received will help set priorities for the next grant cycle of Regional Educational Laboratories as part of the Comprehensive Centers program.

U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance to Schools on Ensuring Equity and Providing Behavioral Supports to Students with Disabilities

Oregon biennial school funding shortfall stands at $1.99 billion, report finds

Oregon is spending nearly $2 billion per biennium under what is necessary to meet the state’s own K-12 education goals, according to a new report from the Quality Education Commission.

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.

U.S. Department of Education Releases Assessment Regulations

Radon testing plans due Sept. 1

Information to assist you in creating your model plan.

Summer Board Conference welcomes school boards to Bend

Presentations ranged from transgender issues to the legislative outlook in Salem to Oregon's plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act.

FAQs address lead issues as state considers draft rules

The ODE is considering draft rules on a model Healthy and Safe Facilities Plan that addresses testing for radon, lead and indoor air quality.

Reminder: OSBA mailing address change effective July 1

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

Chief Education Office Bulletin - June 24, 2016

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

Eight selected for new Promise Scholarship program

The pilot OSBA program will reward board development actions with scholarship funds for students.

OSBA Board votes to support IP 65 on November ballot

Initiative Petition 65 would establish the High School Graduation and Career Readiness Fund as part of the state General Fund.

OSBA Board members advance school priorities in U.S. Capitol

They urged Congress to uphold local governance and flexibility while implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act, reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act, increase federal funding for Title I, and discuss long-term solutions to ensure that county timber payments continue to support public schools.

June School Leader News is now online

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OSBA work group tackles longstanding revenue reform issue

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

'Summer Camp' in Bend offers Leadership Institute credits

OSBA’s Leadership Institute recognizes board members who have advanced through a series of courses offered online and at workshops and conferences.

Promise update: Glencoe High robotics video in editing stages

The Glencoe High video is one of four planned 2016 videos showcasing cutting-edge programs that support students in reaching their potential.

Reynolds elected to NSBAC Board

The NSBAC was founded by NSBA to ensure, through legislative, legal and public advocacy, that federal policy supports and strengthens the nation’s 14,000 public school systems serving 50 million public school students.

State, U.S. government and NSBA provide transgender guidance

Schools have seen transgender issues emerge as one of the biggest challenges of 2016; these new resources can provide guidance.

‘Oregon Rising’ campaign hits target of 10,000 voices

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?

OSBA Board members will advocate for Oregon schools in U.S. Capitol

Scheduled meetings include visits with U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader and Greg Walden.

‘Promise’ campaign wins national recognition from NSPRA

The Gold Medallion is the National School Public Relations Association’s highest award, and recognizes “superior educational public relations programs.”

OEBB issues proposed rule on opt-out fee

The Oregon Educators Benefit Board has issued a proposed rule that would create a $100 fee for any employee who receives any form of cash incentive by a district after providing proof of other group health insurance.

Chronic absenteeism report outlines barriers, recommendations

The report, commissioned by the state’s Chief Education Office, makes six recommendations, ranging from increased teacher diversity and professional development to revising discipline policies.

Reynolds elected to NSBAC Board

Betty Reynolds, OSBA president-elect and West Linn-Wilsonville School Board member, was elected by the National School Boards Action Center Board of Directors to serve on the NSBAC Board.

Federal government announces rule on overtime

The new federal overtime rule, which takes effect Dec. 1, does not affect teachers and administrators.

Most bond elections pass as schools seek state matches

Thirteen of 22 Oregon school districts passed local bond measures May 17 in the largest such field since 2008.

ODE begins statewide town hall meetings

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.

Federal agencies issue transgender guidance to schools

School obligations regarding transgender students under Title IX.

OSBA recommends caution in dealing with ‘compliance’ firm

The business practices of a firm known as Minority Success have raised concerns in several states.

‘Promise’ video subject wins prestigious Gates scholarship

Torrie Eagle Staff, a Roosevelt High School (Portland Public Schools) senior featured in a February 2015 Promise of Oregon video, is among 23 Oregon students awarded a prestigious Gates Millenium Scholarship.

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.

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

Get the latest education news

Study statewide issues carefully

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

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.

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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.

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.

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 plans mailing address change

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

"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?

Fulfilling the Promise of Oregon

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

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.

Gelser bill addresses fifth-year high school programs

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

Workplace Retaliation Claim Primer

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

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.

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.”

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.

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.

News Releases

Eight selected for new Promise Scholarship program

6/22/2016 - The pilot OSBA program will reward board development actions with scholarship funds for students.

OSBA Board votes to support IP 65 on November ballot

6/21/2016 - Initiative Petition 65 would establish the High School Graduation and Career Readiness Fund as part of the state General Fund.

OSBA Board members advance school priorities in U.S. Capitol

6/17/2016 - OSBA Board members urged Congress to uphold local governance and flexibility while implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act, reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act, increase federal funding for Title I, and discuss long-term solutions to ensure that county timber payments continue to support public schools.

Reynolds named to NSBAC Board

5/23/2016 - Betty Reynolds, OSBA president-elect and West Linn-Wilsonville School Board member, was elected by the National School Boards Action Center Board of Directors to serve on the NSBAC Board.

Most bond elections pass as schools seek state matches

5/18/2016 - Thirteen of 22 Oregon school districts passed local bond measures May 17 in the largest such field since 2008.

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

4/25/2016 - 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

4/12/2016 - 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

4/5/2016 - The Institute includes career pathways in construction, industrial and engineering systems, health services and agriculture.

President Doug Nelson leads new OSBA Officer lineup

1/5/2016 - 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

1/29/2014 - 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

12/16/2013 - 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

3/4/2013 - 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

1/28/2013 - 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

1/25/2013 - 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.