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City Club of Portland fosters PERS discussion

OSBA Executive Director Jim Green called on Oregon's government leaders Feb. 17 to tackle the issues of revenue reform and controlling spiraling costs from the Public Employees Retirement System.

The Week Ahead

Be informed about what's happening the week of Feb. 17-25 that may affect education issues.

Week of hearings spotlight depth of PERS problems

The Public Employees Retirement System has a growing liability that is affecting the ability of cities, counties and school districts to provide services. PERS payments are dollars that schools will not get to spend in the classrooms.

February 17 Legislative Highlights is now online

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Bill Briefs

Overview of bills relating to the Oregon Promise Program, student safety, Educator Advancement Council, and Early Indicator and Intervention System.

Equity in education includes culturally relevant content, advocates for SB 204 say

Senate Bill 204 aims to tackle Oregon’s persistent student achievement gap.

Growing PERS liability gains attention in Legislature

After sobering testimony Feb. 15 on the challenges of funding the Public Employees Retirement System), state Sen. Tim Knopp offered three more legislative concepts that could potentially become bills.

State Land Board moves ahead on sale of Elliott State Forest

The State Land Board voted 2-1 to amend the protocol outlining the sale requirements and continue with negotiations.

Oregon Department of Education seeks comment on ESSA plan

The Every Student Succeeds Act gives states more autonomy and greater flexibility to address local needs.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Addresses Full Staff

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos began her first day in office by thanking the Department's career employees for ensuring a smooth and professional transition.

Brown unveils $100 million bond proposal for Elliott forest

Gov. Brown has proposed keeping the forest in public ownership using up to $100 million in state bonding capacity to protect habitat and old growth stands.

Internship available in Merkley office

The full-time job lasts 10-12 weeks in the summer and includes conducting research, drafting memos, attending briefings and hearings, and assisting congressional staff.

New ‘Promise’ video debuts on the need to invest in our students

This new video, using stunning videography of Oregon’s natural beauty and images from schools around the state, cements the ties between our shared values as Oregonians and the need to invest in the next generation.

Public records bill tries to ease some burden on school districts

The attorney general’s task force looking at Oregon’s public records laws was charged with examining four issues: timelines, fees, exemptions and a review process.

February 10 Legislative Highlights is now online

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Last chance (well, not really) to introduce bills

Until Feb. 28 legislators can introduce an unlimited number of bills. After the 28th legislators are limited to five “priority” bills.

House Education Committee learns about Measure 98 challenges

Bill Briefs

Overview of Senate Bills 182 and 183

The Week Ahead

List of scheduled legislative hearings and work sessions for the week of Feb. 13.

Graduation rate hinges on reaching underserved students, Oregon education official says

As Oregon’s first education innovation officer, Colt Gill has the primary task of improving graduation rates.

New ‘Promise Stories’ debut today on website

A series of Promise stories will delve deeper into how students are using Oregon’s public schools as a ladder to success – in some cases despite significant hurdles in their path.

The Week Ahead

List of scheduled legislative hearings and work sessions for the week of Feb. 6.

School board members deliver Oregon message to Congress

Members of the Oregon School Boards Association board of directors and legislative policy committee visited Washington, D.C.,to meet with Oregon’s congressional delegation as part of the National School Boards Association's 2017 Advocacy Institute.

February 3 Legislative Highlights is now online

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Budget town halls need to hear voices for education spending

The Legislature’s Joint Ways and Means Committee has announced dates and locations for town hall meetings, creating an opportunity for school board members statewide to tell legislators that they need to fully fund K-12 education in Oregon.

Town Halls give public voice in budget debate

The Legislature’s Joint Ways and Means Committee is offering the public a chance to weigh in about the state budget. Starting Feb. 10, town halls will be held in Salem, Portland, Hermiston, Madras, Ashland, Eugene and Tillamook.

UPDATE: SafeOregon tip line - phone number correction

Schools now have another tool to keep students safe, but they have to sign up.

Legislative session kicks off Wednesday with budget at forefront

Education issues will play a heavy role in this legislative session.

Measure 98 funding comes with challenges for districts

During an ODE rules hearing, school officials outlined potential difficulties in creating and complying with new rules governing the act and its requirements.

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

Issues to be covered are: implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act, school choice and educational vouchers, federal investment in education, reauthorization of federal funding for career and technical education (CTE), and reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act.

OSBA team hits the road to attend legislative receptions statewide

Legislative receptions give parents, educators and other members of the community a chance to discuss issues with local legislators in a relaxed and informal setting.

Find out what your legislators are doing

Did you know that you can use the Legislature’s e-subscribe notifications to receive email notifications from your local legislators?

January 27 Legislative Highlights is now online

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Advocacy Institute brings Oregon perspective to D.C.

School board members are heading to Washington, D.C., this weekend to tell the Oregon story.

‘Get on Board’ urges candidates to run for school, college boards

The May 2015 election saw the lowest number of candidates for Oregon school board seats in a decade, and nearly three-quarters of all candidates ran unopposed. The campaign is designed to combat those trends.

Graduation rate data focuses attention on equity in education

The Oregon high school graduation rate continues its crawl upward, climbing 1 percentage point to 74.8 percent for the class of 2016.

State Board of Education temporarily revives weather exception to class time

The local accountability of school boards when class time is missed was crucial to the State Board of Education’s debate over providing districts with a mechanism for handling lost time due to weather.

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Oregon Senate and House of Representatives rosters

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January 20 Legislative Highlights is now online

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K-12 education faces cuts in legislative budget framework

Jan. 19 the co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means delivered a preview of the anticipated budget for the upcoming session.

Add your voice to call for better education; we’ll help you

This session OSBA legislative services will need your help advocating for state funding of education that avoids budget cuts and puts students and districts first.

Legislative budget framework cuts K-12 spending

The co-chairs of the Joint Ways and Means Committee outlined their education funding plans Jan. 19 by proposing to spend $200 million less on K-12 schools than that outlined in late November by Gov. Kate Brown.

OSBA is looking for new board member

Oregon School Boards Association board members create and promote OSBA programs and policies.

Updated: Oregon dropped hours requirement for individual classes

The latest version of OAR 581-022-1131 no longer requires 130 hours of instruction time for each class, making it easier for districts to adjust their calendars for lost days.

A quick look ahead

Important legislative dates to remember

January 13 Legislative Highlights is now online

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OSBA Legislative Services enters new session with new team

The retirement of Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA's former executive director, has also brought changes to the Legislative Services Team.

Three more school board members add education voices to Legislature

This election cycle brought three more current school board members to the legislative ranks: Janeen Sollman, Diego Hernandez and David Brock Smith.

Legislative Assembly enjoys pomp before tackling state circumstances

Gov. Kate Brown called for a spirit of bipartisanship for the upcoming session, calling on Oregon lawmakers to set aside their differences to work together to tackle Oregon’s $1.7 billion revenue shortfall.

New ESSA Guidance Documents Released

U.S. Department of Education releases guidance documents to provide resources to states

OSBA Board seeks Multnomah voice

OSBA is seeking candidates for an open position on the OSBA Board of Directors for the Multnomah region.

OSBA will award $5,000 scholarship checks to six boards

Six boards qualified for the funds under a new OSBA initiative known as the Promise Scholarship Program.

Safety training for young workers

Workers younger than 25 are twice as likely to be injured on the job as older workers, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Ten elected to OSBA Board of Directors begin terms Jan. 1

Voting ended Dec. 16.

Sattenspiel named OSBA interim director of legislative services

Sattenspiel will guide OSBA's legislative services in 2017.

Oregon Department of Education launches new website

The new website has a new web address, as well.

ACLU of Oregon offers schools guidance on free speech, bullying

View the letter, which urges school superintendents to take appropriate measures to protect the rights of students.

Science materials caravan planned for four Oregon locations

Share program materials, provide samples, and arrange future interactions with district adoption committees at a COSA-hosted event.

Senate Bill 1541 report outlines school spending patterns

As the Legislature prepares for the upcoming session, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has released a new report to help lawmakers better understand how K-12 school districts allocate their resources.

PERS’ growing liability draws attention from legislators, officials

OSBA Board Member Cheri Helt (Bend-La Pine) told the gathering of public officials, lobbyists, and others that PERS cost increases are eating away at school staffing and programs. The next round of PERS increases will cost Bend-La Pine $4.5 million, Helt said. “We will have to cut jobs or cut days,” she said. “It’s days or it’s programs or it’s teachers.”

State Land Board postpones Elliott Forest decision

The Board, composed of Wheeler, Gov. Kate Brown, and Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins, concluded a meeting Tuesday without acting on a planned sale of the property for $220.8 million, with proceeds going into the Common School Fund.

State Land Board takes no action on proposed forest sale

The State Land Board took no action Tuesday on a purchase offer for the Elliott State Forest; board will take up the issue in February but with two new members.

ODE seeks public input on its ESSA state plan

Respond to the survey on ODE's draft framework of the state’s plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Oregon schools await Measure 98 rules, funding issues

Oregon moved toward expanding career and technical education to help reduce dropout rates with voters’ Nov. 8 approval of Measure 98.

December School Leader News is now online

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OSBA’s Annual Convention includes revenue reform focus

School board members around the state learned about an array of important issues facing schools at OSBA’s 70th Annual Convention Nov. 10-13. But it was revenue reform that took center stage.

In transition, keep focus on students, ‘our hope for a better world’

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

Court ruling raises new liability risks for schools

In the case of Johnson v. Gibson, the Oregon Supreme Court’s decision opened a crack in state law that shields school entities and other landowners from legal liability claims over injuries when property is open for free public use.

School Board Members of Color Caucus offers convention workshop

Very few school board members across Oregon are persons of color, but OSBA’s new School Board Members of Color Caucus hopes to change that.

Whole Child Summit planned in January in Portland

Educators and mental health experts dealing with youths who have experienced serious trauma want to answer this fundamental question: What can educators do to help these students thrive and succeed?

Promise update: New ‘Promise Kids’ will debut soon on website

Students from six Oregon school districts will be featured this month as part of the third year of the “Promise of Oregon” campaign.

North Marion Vacancy Notice

OSBA's Larsen calls for education investment at OBP summit

OSBA Vice President LeeAnn Larsen said local schools would face hundreds of millions of dollars in budget cuts under the 2017-19 budget proposed last week by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.

NSBA joins national call to action against bias incidents in schools

The National Schools Boards Association, along with eight leading educational organizations, has issued a call to action in response to increasingly frequent reports of bias incidents and violence within schools nationwide.

OSBA calls for revenue reform in response to proposed K-12 budget

Gov. Brown's proposed spending on education marks an increase from the last biennium but does not keep pace with inflation, or reverse education spending cuts since the recession.

Implementation of DOL Overtime Regulation Delayed

Federal judge grants emergency preliminary injunction to delay implementation of U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime regulation

ODE posts answers to questions on Measure 98

Measure 98 is designed to improve graduation rates by emphasizing career and college-readiness offerings in high schools, and creating or expanding dropout-prevention programs.

U.S. Department of Education releases final regulations for Accountability & State Plans

Six months after proposing draft regulations for Accountability and State Plans and four months after the public comment period closed, the U.S. Department posted the final rule.

State reviews forest bid

The Department of State Lands is moving forward in its review of a single purchase bid for the Elliott State Forest.

OSBA Convention materials available online

Workshop materials from OSBA’s Annual Convention have been posted online.

Only one bidder for Elliott Forest by state deadline

The Lone Rock Timber Management Company, in an investment partnership with The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, submitted the plan.

State Board chairman urges free speech in safe school environments

The chairman of the State Board of Education has issued a letter urging schools to allow free expression of speech while ensuring a safe and healthy learning environment.

ODE plans ESSA listening sessions statewide

The Oregon Department of Education is planning eight listening sessions to gather input for the state plan as part of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

OSBA Annual Convention highlights need for revenue reform

School board members around the state learned about an array of important issues facing schools at OSBA’s 70th Annual Convention.

Oregon voters defeat Measure 97, approve Measures 98 and 99

Voters have rejected a corporate tax plan that would have injected about $3 billion per year into state funding, leaving lawmakers with the task of filling a projected $1.35 billion budget shortfall in the next biennium.

Giant school bonds pass for four Oregon school districts

North Clackamas, Tigard-Tualatin, Gresham-Barlow and Sherwood were among eight districts that saw bonds succeed.

Labor and employment workshops planned for February 2017

The sessions include advice on such issues as wage and hour laws, insurance trends, arbitration and unfair labor practices; bargaining trends and strategies.

State Education Department seeks public input on ESSA

The new Every Student Succeeds Act requires every state to solicit community input to develop a localized education plan.

Resolving the revenue reform question requires working together

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

Leadership Institute award winners will be recognized

The awards recognize board members for significant levels of achievement in leadership and development.

OSBA elections will open Nov. 14

Ten seats are open on the OSBA Board of Directors. The voting period runs through Dec. 16.

OSBA Annual Convention registration closes soon

Registration closes at 5 p.m. Nov. 2. The conference theme this year is “Embracing The Promise of Oregon: Let’s Dream Bigger Together.”

State nears historic sale of Elliott State Forest

The Common School Fund’s managers are weighing their options, and it's likely the State Land Board will sell the land.

Elliott State Forest ownership transfer and timeline

Summary and timeline of the process involved in the potential sale of the Elliott State Forest.

October School Leader News is now online

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Task force advocates for statewide threat assessment system

Members of the Oregon Task Force on School Safety have come up with solutions they believe will make schools safer.

Elliott State Forest ownership transfer and timeline

Promise update: Photos completed of ‘Promise Kids’

The photos, as well as statements from the students about why they represent the “Promise of Oregon,” will debut starting in December at the campaign website.

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.