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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.

Oregon Senate and House of Representatives rosters

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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.

January 20 Legislative Highlights is now online

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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).

December School Leader News is now online

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OSBA elections will close Dec. 16

Ten seats are open on the OSBA Board of Directors.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

October School Leader News is now online

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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.

OSBA elections will open Nov. 14

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

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.

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.”

Elliott State Forest ownership transfer and timeline

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

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.

Teaching with Purpose Conference addresses equity issues

The conference featured a variety of speakers who are nationally recognized for their work in culturally responsive practices.

State Education Department seeks public input on ESSA

As state leaders continue work on a new plan to improve teaching and learning in Oregon, they are asking for Oregonians to weigh in.

School facilities matching grant program benefits 13 districts

The funding comes as part of the Oregon School Capital Improvement Matching program, which was created by the 2015 Oregon Legislature

Awards will recognize inspirational student-athletes

The Play it Forward Awards are seeking nominees for high school and college athletes who are inspirational role models.

PERS Board approves rates: $335 million increase for schools

Oregon school districts and hundreds of other public employers now have the final word on their financial contributions to their employees’ retirement fund following the PERS Board’s approval Friday of new two-year rates that take effect July 1.

New Oregon School Board Members of Color Caucus debuts

The caucus has a number of objectives, including promoting a high-quality education for all students and positive relationships between school board members of color.

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.

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.

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.

Three OSBA efforts aligning as 2017 session approaches

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Quality Education Model shows longstanding shortfall

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

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.

September School Leader News is now online

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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.

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.


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.

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

Classroom Law Project offers guidance on creating good citizens

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


OSBA develops new education equity policy with input from leaders

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

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.