Education

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.

Education

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

Education

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.

Education

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.

Healthcare

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.

Education

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.

Education

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.

Education

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.

Education

SB 123B 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.

Education

HB 2845B 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.

Healthcare

HB 2931 Relating to Behavior Analysis Interventionists.

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

Education

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.

Education

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.

Education

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.

Education

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.

Education

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.

Education

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.

Education

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.

Education

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.

Education

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

Intended to “simplify” the transfer vs. Open Enrollment process by merging them into one system.

Education

SB 556 Prohibits use of expulsion to address truancy.

SB 556 disallows expulsion from the public schools for truancy.

Education

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.

Education

HB 3380 Early learning division to administer preschool program

Directs the Early Learning Division to administer a preschool program. Prescribes the requirements of program.

Education

SJR 18 New sales tax to fund education support fund.

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

Education

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

Establishes standards for school districts to hire non-licensed persons with appropriate skills to teach non-core working skills classes.

Education

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.

Education

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.

Education

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.

Education

HB 3308 Work group on disparities in higher education

In essence; directs universities to pick winners and losers by favoring a select group of individuals.

Education

HB 2847 ASPIRE programs to annually provide financial aid instruction

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.

Education

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.

Education

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.

Education

HB 2186 Core teaching standards apply to public charter schools

Provides that core teaching standards apply to public charter schools jeopardizing charter schools flexibility

Education

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.

Education

HB 2524 Minimum percentage of college students must be Oregon residents

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

Education

HB 2624 Sets up new learning experience for secondary education students

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

Education

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.

Education

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

In essence; does away with tuition fees and offers a “free” course of studies at community colleges.

Education

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.

Education

HB 2680 Prohibits use of statewide assessment to rate schools

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.

Education

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.

Education

HB 2928 Establishes task force on class size

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.

Education

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

Self explanatory.

Education

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

Limits the arbitrary power of the state to test at will. Gives parents some control of if and how their children will be tested.

Education

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.

Education

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.