What it does: The bill addresses circumstances in which students on IEP or 504 plans injure or harm school staff or put them at risk. The measure is sponsored by the Oregon School Employees Association and would require broader input from school staff in development and implementation of the behavior plans for these students than is currently required under law.
What’s new: The Senate Education Committee heard the measure Thursday. Many committee members, including Sen. Sara Gelser (D-Corvallis), voiced strong support for the measure. Other groups testifying in support included the Oregon Education Association and Disability Rights Oregon. The Confederation of Oregon School Administrators testified with concerns about the text of the measure and the potential for more paperwork required of special education directors with little benefit for students.
What’s next: Committee members indicated the bill will likely be scheduled for a work session in the near future. OSBA will monitor the bill.