SB 52 Requires Specialized Education Plan for LGBTQ etc.

SB 52 VOTE: NO Signed into Law by Gov Brown on 07/27/21 Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/SB52 This bill directs Department of Education to develop and implement statewide education plan for early childhood through post-secondary students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, intersex, asexual, nonbinary or another minority gender identity or gender orientation. Personal Choice and Responsibility…

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HB 3354 Tilts Scales for Evaluation of Teacher Candidates

HB 3354 VOTE: NO Signed into Law by Gov Brown on 07/27/21 Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/HB3354 This bill directs Teacher Standards and Practices Commission to adopt standards for educator preparation programs relating to evaluations of teacher candidates. Requires using multiple measures and at least one measure that is locally determined having the effect of manipulating scores towards more diverse…

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HB 2055 Tribal Early Learning Hub

VOTE: NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown on 07/19/21
Establishes Tribal Early Learning Hub for purpose of delivering early learning services to tribal communities of this state.

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HB 2591 School-Based Health Services Centers

VOTE: NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown

SB 225 Establishes minimum distribution for ESDs

VOTE: YES
Signed into Law by Gov Brown on 07/19/21
Enacts a minimum distribution for small Education Service Districts.

SB 732 Educational Equity Advisory Committee

VOTE: NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown on 07/14/21
Requires school districts to establish educational equity advisory committee

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SB 744 Suspends Education Standards

VOTE: NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown
Suspends the requirement of showing proficiency in Essential Learning Skills as a condition of earning a diploma

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SB 580/HB 2270 Bargaining over class size

VOTE: NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown
Amends definition of “employment relations”

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SB 299 Creates children’s service districts

VOTE:NO
Died In Committee

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HB 2504 Disciplinary Mediator standards

VOTE: NO
Died In Committee
Sets standards for evaluating racial disparity

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SB 594 Prohibits using certain software to monitor student’s computer usage

VOTE: YES
Died In Committee
Requires Legislative Policy and Research Office to conduct study of monitoring software and its usage

HB 2195 Decreases School Choice

VOTE: NO
Died In Committee
Prohibits student from enrolling in virtual public charter school located in school district in which student is not resident

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HB 2868 Accelerated credit teacher requirements

VOTE: NO
Died In Committee
Establishes minimum graduate level education requirements for teachers that teach accelerated college credit program courses.

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HB 2368 Pilot program on student mental & behavioral health

VOTE: NO
Died In Committee
Establishes pilot program to promote and support positive student mental and behavioral health

SB 299 Formation of Children’s Service Districts

VOTE: NO
Died In Committee
Authorizes the creation of children’s service districts and provides authority to levy permanent property taxes and other taxes

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SB 356 Expands school healthcare abilities

VOTE: NO
Died In Committee

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HB 3363 Racial Equity and Justice Student Collaborative

VOTE: NO
Died In Committee
Establishes Racial Equity and Justice Student Collaborative work group

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SB 227 Adoption of Ethnic Studies Standards

VOTE: NO
Died In Committee
Appropriates $2,500,000 from General Fund for Educator Advancement Council for ethnic studies standards

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SB 240 Removes virtual limitations on school choice

VOTE: YES
Died In Committee
Expands school choice by removing the limitation on percentage of students in school district who may enroll in virtual public charter school

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HB 2942 Allows criminals in K-12 classrooms

VOTE: NO
Died In Committee
Allows individuals convicted of drug dealing, sex crimes into K-12 settings

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HB 3363A Racial Equity and Justice Student Collaborative

VOTE: NO
Died In Committee
Establishes Racial Equity and Justice Student Collaborative work group

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HB 736 Task Force on Restorative Justice in Education

VOTE: NO
Died In Committee
Establishes a 24-member Task Force on Restorative Justice charged with making recommendations

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SB 223 Private school registration

VOTE: NO
Died In Committee
Requires private school registration with the Oregon Department of Education

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SJR 2 & SB 224 Removes Superintendent of Public Instruction from Constitution

VOTE: NO
Died In Committee
Amends constitution to remove provision that makes Superintendent of Public Instruction constitutional office that is filled by Governor

HB 2716 Increases School Choice

VOTE: YES
Died In Committee
Increases percentage of students to 8% of students in school district who may enroll in virtual public charter school not sponsored by school district

SB 683 History curriculum based on racism

VOTE: NO
Died In Committee
Requires school districts to provide instruction on racist history

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HB 3130 Increases substitute teacher benefits

HB 3130 VOTE: NO
Died In Committee on 06/26/21
Expands collectively bargained benefits to substitute teachers

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HB 2001 Teacher retention based on cultural or linguistic ability over seniority

VOTE: NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown
Requires school districts facing budgetary constraints to prioritize teachers for retention based on the school district’s diversity ratio

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SB 702 Social studies standards review

VOTE: NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown
Requires State Board of Education to review social studies standards

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HB 2631 Notification of harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyberbullying.

Student may request that parents/guardians not be notified of acts of harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyberbullying,

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HB 2056 Lowers Non-English Graduation Requirements

Allows non-English students to fulfill graduation requirements by taking language arts classes in their native languages to satisfy “English” diploma requirements

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HB 2697 Prohibits bias incidents in schools

VOTE: NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown
Requires education providers to prohibit display of any symbols of hate on school property

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SB 77 Removes more control from community school & college boards

VOTE: NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown

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SB 649 Increases Teacher Penalties for Sexually Abusing Student

VOTE: YES
Signed into Law by Gov Brown
Increases penalties for teachers who sexually abuse students

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HB 4127A School-Based Oral Health

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee. Directs schools to include oral health classes and establishes a school-based Community Dental Health Coordinator Pilot Program to provide exams and possible treatments.

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HB 4132 Student Health Surveys

The intent of the bill is to target particular demographics with drag-net surveillance, in an effort to find out where and how future legislation can be written to mitigate mental health issues.

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SB 822 Free condoms to high school students

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee 

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SB 157A Contract for high school testing

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee

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HB 2191A Allows school absences for mental or behavioral health

VOTE: NO – Governor Brown Signed into Law
Expands reasons for excused absences from school to include mental or behavioral health.

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HB 2033A Modifies education requirement for child case workers

VOTE: YES – Governor Brown Signed
Reduces minimum educational requirements for child welfare caseworkers from a bachelor’s degree to an associate degree plus additional coursework and training related to the field of human services

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SB 801 Gun safety taught in schools

VOTE: YES – Died In Committee
Allows schools to teach first-graders about gun safety, parents may opt out.

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SB 283B Study of health risks from technology in classrooms

VOTE: YES – Died in Committee
Directs Oregon Health Authority to review scientific studies on the health effects of exposure to microwave radiation in schools or similar environments

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HB 2224 Grants for student to recognize feelings

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee
Establishes grant program to improve student outcomes by supporting social, emotional, mental and physical health needs of students.

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SB 543 Creates Children’s Service Districts, increases property taxes

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee
Allows communities to form children’s service districts and to levy property taxes to fund programs that offer these services.

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HB 2744 Children’s immunization records to attend school.

HB 2744 VOTE: YES – Died In Committee
Clarifies provisions relating to immunization records required for children attending schools and children’s facilities.

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SB 489 Attempts to prevent cyberbullying in schools

SB 489 VOTE: NO – Died In Committee
Encourages school districts enter into agreements with law enforcement and providers of social media websites and applications to reduce cyberbullying attacks.

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HB 2262A expands Early Learning Council

VOTE: NO – Signed into Law by Gov. Brown
Extends duties of the Early Learning Council to ensure “Families are healthy, stable and attached” and modifies duties and membership.

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HB 2192 Requires students get mental health exams

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Requires student’s grades 6 to 12 to undergo an annual mental health exam with right to opt-out.

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SB 123 Formation of Children’s Special Districts which will raise taxes

VOTE: NO – Died in Committee – Authorizes formation of children’s special districts and provides districts the authority to assess, levy and collect taxes to pay the cost of children’s services.

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HB 2845 Curriculum to Include Ethnic & Social Minority History

VOTE: NO – Passed Committee – Introduces still another state agency to impose standards on K-12 with respect to teaching ethnic and social minority history.

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HB 2931 Relating to Behavior Analysis Interventionists.

VOTE: NO – Governor Signed – Clarifies educational requirements for registration of behavior analysis interventionists.

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SJR 18 & 20 Prioritizes Education Budget

VOTE: YES – Died in Committee – Amends Oregon Constitution to require Legislative Assembly to pass bill appropriating funds K-12 public education.

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HB 4119 Supports School Choice

VOTE: YES – Died in Committee – Removes sunset on provisions that allow students whose legal residence is not within school district to attend school in district as resident if student receives written consent. Removes sunset on authority of institution of higher education to sponsor public charter school. Declares emergency, effective on passage.

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SJR 203 Constitutional Change to State Board of Education

VOTE: YES – Died in Committee – Proposes an amendment to the Oregon Constitution providing for the establishment of the State Board of Education.

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HB 4031: Implements Program to Decrease Rates of School Absenteeism

VOTE: NO – Died in Committee – Directs Chief Education Office to design and implement $5.7 million pilot program to decrease rates of school absenteeism through ” trauma-informed approach” to behavioral health services in schools.

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SB 1536 Modifies Compensation to Non-Virtual, Public Charter Schools

VOTE: YES – Died in committee – Brings the level of funding of public charter schools more in line with funding of regular public schools.

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HB 2158 Corporate Excise Tax Rates Based on HS Graduation Rates

VOTE:NO – Died in Committee – Provides for increase in personal income and corporate excise tax rates to fund the School Improvement Fund based on high school graduation rate.

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SJR 2 Proposes amendment to Oregon Constitution; transfers tax revenues to state school fund for K-12 public education.

Removes the current law that excess personal income tax revenues should be returned to personal income taxpayers. Refers proposed amendment to voters in next regular general election.

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HB 2662 “Pay It Forward” program and fund

HB 2662 establishes a “Pay it Forward” program which would provide approved applicants funding to cover tuition and other costs relating to their education.

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SB 709B Allows non-residents of school district to attend school

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
Intended to “simplify” the transfer vs. Open Enrollment process by merging them into one system.

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SB 556 Prohibits use of expulsion to address truancy.

Vote :NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
Disallows expulsion from the public schools for truancy.

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HB 2616 Establishes state apprenticeship education and training fund.

Establishes a State Apprenticeship Education and Training fund to be overseen by the Bureau of Labor and Industry.

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HB 3380 Early learning division to administer preschool program

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
Directs the Early Learning Division to administer a preschool program. Prescribes the requirements of program.

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SJR 18 New sales tax to fund education support fund.

Proposes a new sales tax to fund an education support fund.

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HB 3166 Establishes standards to hire non-licensed persons to teach non-core working skills classes.

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
Establishes standards for school districts to hire non-licensed persons with appropriate skills to teach non-core working skills classes.

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SB 819 Increases amount school districts pay public charter schools.

If this does increase the number of charter schools, it will give more choice and responsibility to parents and students.

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SB 487 Disclosure of teacher’s termination to potential employers

Directs school districts to forward documentation relating to charges of teacher’s termination to independent entity for disclosure to potential educational employers.

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SB 897 English as Second Language

Allows Dept of Education to pull up to $50 million from the State School Fund for ESL and world language immersion programs whether the students need it or not.

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HB 3308 Work group on disparities in higher education

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
In essence; directs universities to pick winners and losers by favoring a select group of individuals.

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HB 2847 ASPIRE programs to annually provide financial aid instruction

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
Requires ASPIRE programs to annually provide financial aid instruction to high school students and their families regarding types of loans available for post-secondary education, an apparent duplication of many already in place programs.

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HB 2835 Adoption of common core becomes a School District decision

Makes the adoption of the common core a School District decision — not a state decision.

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HB 2750 Requires application for apprenticeship to graduate HS

Requires students to complete and submit application for apprenticeship program or to a post-secondary institution of education, in order to receive a high school diploma.

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HB 2186 Core teaching standards apply to public charter schools

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
Provides that core teaching standards apply to public charter schools jeopardizing charter schools flexibility

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HB 3046 Waiver for public charter school application process if fits school district goals

Grants waiver of public charter school application process if application fits school district board’s goals — i.e., district does not have to use objective and fair criteria in the current law.

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HB 2524 Minimum percentage of college students must be Oregon residents

Requires a minimum percentage of college students must be Oregon residents.

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HB 2624 Sets up new learning experience for secondary education students

Sets up new bureaucracy to provide new learning experience for secondary education students.

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SB 112 Establishes career and technical education investment council

Establishes Career and Technical Education Investment Council to train students in vocational and technical studies, collaborating with local businesses and industries.

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SB 81 Requires certain tuition at community college be waived if person meets specified criteria.

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
In essence; does away with tuition fees and offers a “free” course of studies at community colleges.

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HB 2772 Ensures grant money/funds shared by public school districts with charter schools.

Ensures grant money and other funds are shared properly by public school districts with charter schools.

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HB 2680 Prohibits use of statewide assessment to rate schools

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
An effort by the OEA association to disallow the use of the increasingly expensive school assessment results to be used in evaluating schools, teachers, or administrators.

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HB 2714 Allows students to be excused from statewide assessments

Requires school district to provide alternative method for assessment allowing parents to opt-out of state assessments.

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HB 2928 Establishes task force on class size

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
Establishes Task Force on Class Sizes to determine appropriate class sizes of students, identify methods to reduce class sizes and determine cost for methods to reduce class sizes.

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HB 3063 Intro: Appropriates moneys to the Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber

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HB 2655: Limits arbitrary power of school children to be tested at will.

Vote:YES – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
Limits the arbitrary power of the state to test at will. Gives parents some control of if and how their children will be tested.

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HB 2170 Reduces average membership for students in virtual public charter school for making State School Fund distributions.

Lowers funding to on-line independent charter schools. It protects on-line public schools like Tigard-Tualatin On-line Academy.

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SB 215 removes sunset on Oregon Education Investment Board

Removes the Sunset on Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB) and adds their control over the entire education system.