OSBA is accepting nominations for all 20 policy committee seats, as well as 12 OSBA Board seats. Board members from school districts, community colleges and education service districts are elected by regions. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 1.
The 2021 legislative session highlighted the power of local school board voices in the Legislature. The virtual sessions made it easier for busy and far-away board members to testify, and it also created new information conduits.
OSBA Legislative Services Director Lori Sattenspiel would like to harness some of that energy with the LPC. She wants to elevate the committee members as key communicators both to the Legislature and back to their communities.
Traditionally, the LPC’s main purpose has been to review and refine priorities for the Legislative Services department.
“We are now going to be asking more of them,” Sattenspiel said. “We will be asking them to get feedback from their regions, to testify and to carry information to their communities.”
Sattenspiel said her department would be working with members to help them create communication plans. She said the role would be especially important in eastern Oregon, where communities often don’t feel their voices are being heard in Salem.
“We want them to help us better advocate for all children, regardless of their ZIP code,” said Sattenspiel.
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