Oregon Tribal Student Grant program seeks to improve access to higher education

A new grant program aims to help members of the Oregon’s nine federally recognized Native American tribes with the cost of attending college next academic year. The Oregon Tribal Student Grant program will cover attendance costs, beyond what federal and state financial aid cover, at eligible colleges or universities in the state. Students can use the money for tuition, and…

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SB 1583 education minimum assessment waiver

Signed into Law by Gov Brown on 03/24/2022 This bill directs Department of Education to do a minimum assessment of Oregon students and request a waiver of federal standards of state assessment requirements to be a shortened assessment, a sampling model of assessments or any other strategy. Limited Government This bill lacks commitment for what to expect in assessment standards….

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SB 1545 Prioritizes workforce development activities

This bill establishes equity grant programs in Higher Education Coordinating Commission to prioritize funding for workforce development activities to increase access for priority populations to training opportunities in construction, health care and manufacturing and to workforce development services and benefits. Personal Choice and Responsibility This bill is not equal under the law when you prioritize one person or group over…

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SB 1575 School district course info

This bill requires the district school board to post course title, textbooks, instructional material, syllabus and applicable state academic content standards on the school district’s website. Personal Choice and Responsibility Parents have been blindsided by content of what is being taught in school. Allows full access for parents to research. Local Control The law allows the district school board to…

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SB 1521 Limits school board authority

This bill removes all significant oversight responsibility of a local school board in regard to decisions for terminating the district superintendent, and limits authority when the superintendent is acting in compliance with state or federal law. Personal Choice and Responsibility This bill removes the voice of parents and we are expected to kneel to the state, where ideas are usually…

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HB 4091 Distorts Student Success Act

This bill develops a statewide education plan for students who are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. Requires all statewide education plans to include strategies that provide for alignment with other statewide education plans. Directs Department of Education to revise processes for collection of racial and ethnic data for purpose of developing and implementing statewide education plans. Personal Choice and Responsibility…

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HB 4112 Funds training for ethnic studies

This bill appropriates $1.25 million from General Funds for the Educator Advancement Council to provide professional learning opportunities related to ethnic studies standards adopted by Department of Education. Personal Choice and Responsibility Parent are being pushed out of the back of the bus with little or no say in their children’s education if they remain in public schools. Fiscal Responsibility…

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HB 4029A school adm training mandates

This bill 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…

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SB 1552 expands virtual public charter school

This bill removes requirement that student must receive approval from resident school district before enrolling in virtual public charter school not sponsored by school district eliminating the maximum percentage of students that can be enrolled outside the school district. Personal Choice and Responsibility What is best for the student should never be determined by quotas or limited by where they…

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HB 4031 Education employment goal to match diverse student percentage

Signed into Law by Gov Brown on 03/23/2022 This bill establishes state goal that percentage of diverse employees employed by Department of Education reflects percentage of diverse students in public schools. Provides for $10,000 scholarship for training of diverse educators. Fiscal Responsibility In addition to any other form of student financial aid authorized by law, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission…

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Sen. Linthicum: Oregon saw nation’s 4th largest charter school increase

Sen. Linthicum Observes School Choice Week By Introducing Legislation to Expand Educational Opportunity SALEM, Ore. – Today marks the beginning of National School Choice Week. The week is dedicated to the stories of students and families who have found the best school for them. Research shows that students in states with more educational opportunities perform better on key educational attainment…

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Oregon lawmakers urge Biden administration to reconsider free community college

Democrats in the Oregon Legislature sent letters to the state’s U.S. congressional delegation Monday, urging them and the Biden administration to revisit a plan for free community college. President Joe Biden originally included two years of free community college in his “Build Back Better Plan,” but removed it from the spending framework last week. Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill worked…

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SB 299 Creates children’s service districts

VOTE:NO
Died In Committee

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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