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Oregon school board members head to DC to urge support for education priorities

Board members and officers of the Oregon School Boards Association are heading to the nation's Capitol to meet with members of Oregon's congressional delegation. In meetings scheduled for Tuesday, January 29, 2013, the board members will stress the importance of making Oregon's No Child Left Behind waiver permanent, the need for a long-term solution to ensure county timber payments continue to support public schools, and the devastating impacts on Oregon schools if Congress does not reach a solution to education cuts slated under "sequestration" provisions, among other issues. If the nation crosses the so-called "fiscal cliff," Oregon could lose up to $34 million in federal education dollars.

OSBA Board members heading to Washington, D.C., for the Federal Relations Network conference sponsored by the National School Boards Association include:  President Terry Lenchitsky (Oregon Trail School District), Past-President Kris Howatt (Gresham-Barlow School District), Vice-President Dave Krumbein (Pendleton School District), Secretary-Treasurer Bobbie Regan (Portland Public Schools), David Beeson (Silver Falls School District), Greg Kintz (Vernonia School District), and Samuel Lee (Winston-Dillard School District). Hillsboro School Board member Carolyn Ortman will also be joining the delegation.