Died in Committee on 3-4-22
Declared an Emergency
Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2022R1/Measures/Overview/HB4029
Gives the Oregon Department of Education more power over local school board training, including boards of public charter schools and educational service districts mandating superintendents follow state training. Prescribe requirements for professional learning plans. Directs ODE to establish a list of trainers and an advisory group on professional learning and training.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
The bill inches further away from parent recognition and input into the local school board. Removes alternative private schools as an option for parents.
Creates another program that will remove dollars from actually teaching students.
The bill directs the ODE to create and manage a directory of persons/organizations qualified to provide professional learning and training, prescribe requirements for professional learning plans, establish an advisory group, create and manage funds for professional learning and training, and report biennially. It is not in the best interest of students to mandate centralized control over what types of professional learning are deemed acceptable for our governing bodies to access. Local districts are better situated to respond to the interests and needs of their communities.
The bill requires superintendents to abide by the training determined by the state, and forces private schools to comply. Takes away the ability of the school board to alter or object to the state’s recommendation such as CRT, sexual orientation, etc, that is driving parents to withdraw students. Each governing body would be required to conduct a self-assessment every two years in order to adjust requirements for professional learning plans. The self- assessment is to “focus on education equity, board governance practices, improving equitable outcomes, student progress, access and opportunity, with an emphasis on underserved and underrepresented communities, [and to] review improvement plans and budgets.” (Section 1 of the bill)