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 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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Pandemic restrictions will be lifted statewide by Wednesday, 6-30-21

Oregon will lift pandemic limits in place for over a year no later than next week, Gov. Kate Brown said Friday. “When Oregon reaches 70% or by Wednesday, June 30, we will lift the safety programs we have relied on and open our economy,” Brown said . When the deadline passes or the goal is met, the county-by-county risk level…

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Breese-Iverson introduces bill to ensure full in-person school reopenings this fall

UPDATE: This bill was blocked by Democrats.  It would require public schools to provide full-time, in-person classroom instruction for the 2021-22 school year. SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) — State Rep. Vikki Breese-Iverson, R-Prineville, introduced a  bicameral, bipartisan bill Thursday (May 6, 2021) that would ensure access to full, in-person instruction Oregon students for the 2021-2022 school year. House Bill 3399 would…

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Bill to Require More Schoolchildren to Be Vaccinated for Childhood Diseases Called Off Mid-Pandemic

Two years ago, Democrat lawmakers killed a bill to end Oregon’s philosophical exemption to school vaccination requirements, as part of a compromise to end a Republican walkout. This year, a similar bill, Senate Bill 254, is dying before debate gets going. “Oregon is at a critical moment with the implementation of vaccinations for COVID-19, and we have determined this does not make it possible…

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2021 Oregon Legislature: Priorities, uncertainties

The 2021 Oregon Legislature is under way at the capitol building in Salem, but this session is far from normal. It is marked by pandemic related issues and restrictions and a $1.7 billion budget shortfall. By far, the top issue is the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Sen. Betsy Johnson. “We have heard both pro and con about the vaccine,” Johnson…

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