Approving resolution 1 would set the “Legislative Policies and Priorities” that will guide OSBA’s 2019-20 legislative work. Approving resolution 2 would give the Oregon School Board Members of Color Caucus a voting seat on the OSBA Board and the Legislative Policy Committee.
The caucus has been active since 2016, and it officially received a nonvoting seat on the OSBA Board and LPC in August. The caucus seeks a voting seat to ensure minority voices are part of the effort to promote quality education for all students. OSBA has answers to some frequently asked questions about the proposed change.
This year’s election regions are Eastern (1), Central (3), Southern (5), Clackamas (7 and 8), Douglas/South Coast (9), Yamhill/Polk (13), Multnomah (17 and 19) and Washington (20).
There is no candidate for Yamhill/Polk, and OSBA must also fill two open spots on the Legislative Policy Committee: a newly created Washington position (20) and a recently vacated Central position (3). OSBA is taking applications from the regions until Dec. 14. Contact Executive Assistant Jane Leonhardt at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application. If OSBA does not receive any applications, members from adjacent regions will be allowed to apply until Jan. 18.