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Oregon Promise Program – Senate Bill 55

What it does: The bill would remove the current $10 million cap on available Oregon Promise grants per fiscal year. The Oregon Promise Program provides money to certain students who meet eligibility requirements for college. Money from the Oregon Promise is used after any federal grants or other scholarships are awarded to the student. 

What’s new: The bill had an amendment that was adopted by the Senate Education committee. The amendment changes the bill to permit the Office of Student Access and Completion to award promise grants. The amended bill also permits those grants to be in excess of $10 million.

What’s next: The bill will move to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means until further action is scheduled. OSBA will monitor the bill’s progress.

Student safety – Senate Bill 414

What it does: The bill would set up a student threat assessments system to support school personnel with threats to the school, staff and students. This threat assessment program would be set up in the Department of Education and include program and training requirements.

What’s new: The bill was heard Feb. 16 in the Senate Committee on Education.

What’s next: OSBA will monitor the bill’s progress.

Educator Advancement Council – Senate Bill 182

What it does: The bill would formally set up the Educator Advancement Council, which is charged with implementing educator professional learning and educator supports, including access to mentoring, specialized professional learning, and opportunities for leadership development. The council would replace the Network for Quality Teaching and Learning.

What’s new: The bill was heard Feb. 9 in the Senate Committee on Education.

What’s next: If the bill is voted out of committee, it will move to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means for funding consideration. OSBA will monitor the bill’s progress.

Early Indicator and Intervention System – Senate Bill 183

What it does: The bill would set up the Early Indicator and Intervention System to help students graduate. The Chief Education Office would help administer the new Graduation Equity Program that is a collaborative approach among educators, parents and communities. The approach would help identify students who need immediate interventions, monitoring for success and modifying interventions that aren’t working. This strategy is intended to help keep students on the pathway to graduation.

What’s new: The bill was heard Feb. 9 in the Senate Committee on Education.

What’s next: If the bill is voted out of committee, it will move to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means for funding consideration. OSBA will monitor the bill’s progress.