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OSBA applauds State Land Board action on Elliott - 02/14/17

The Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) supports and applauds the State Land Board today for its action on the Elliott State Forest. Both new members of the State Land Board, State Treasurer Tobias Read and Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, clearly understand their fiduciary obligations as trustees of the Common School Fund. Both spoke about the need for them as State Land Board members to have an undivided loyalty to the current and future schoolchildren of Oregon. The action taken today moves the Elliott Forest process forward.

OSBA's Executive Director Jim Green praised the steps taken today, saying "Treasurer Read's action in making sure the sale of the Elliott can move forward is encouraging, and we greatly appreciate his efforts. The Elliott State Forest has caused a loss in value to the Common School Fund for several years and to allow that to continue would violate the State Land Board's duty. While this is simply another step in the process, OSBA supports it. We will continue to monitor this process as it moves forward, and OSBA will take all necessary action to ensure that the Common School Fund remains whole and the fund's assets are used for the benefit of Oregon's schoolchildren."

OSBA is a member services organization for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.

New 'Promise' video debuts on the need to invest in our students - 02/10/17

A new video highlighting the need to adequately invest in Oregon's K-12 public schools debuted today on "The Promise of Oregon" website at www.promiseoregon.org.

This new video, using stunning videography of Oregon's natural beauty and images from schools around the state, cements the ties between our shared values as Oregonians and the need to invest in the next generation. A direct link is at http://bit.ly/2lyR9oZ.

For too long, Oregon's public schools have been underfunded; ultimately, that hurts all of us. Never has this issue been more relevant: Today, as the state faces a $1.8 billion budget shortfall, legislators are again considering underfunding public schools. The gap between what is being proposed and what school business officials say is needed stands at between $400 million and $600 million. That amount is just to maintain current service levels -- significantly more is needed to begin meaningful changes to improve graduation rates, reduce crowding in classrooms, and create more robust academic and career offerings.

The gap also points to the need for comprehensive revenue reform in Oregon. At the video's conclusion, viewers are urged to contact legislators. The campaign hopes viewers will take this opportunity to ensure that we invest in our young people so they can reach their potential.

The "Promise" campaign, which is being run by the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA), aims to create a groundswell of public support for K-14 education, in hopes of meeting Oregon's 40-40-20 goals and lifting student achievement and graduation rates.

OSBA is a member services organization for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.

Website: promiseoregon.org
Twitter and Instagram: @PromiseOregon
Facebook and YouTube: ThePromiseofOregon

Board members will advocate for Oregon schools in U.S. Capitol - 01/27/17

Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) members will visit the U.S. Capitol over the next few days to discuss educational priorities with members of Oregon's congressional delegation. In meetings scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 31, OSBA members will engage with congressional members on such issues as implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act, school choice and educational vouchers, federal investment in education, reauthorization of federal funding for career and technical education (CTE), and reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act.

They will also discuss long-term solutions to ensure that county timber payments continue to support public schools. The Capitol visits are part of the Advocacy Institute conference, organized by the National School Boards Association.

OSBA board members heading to Washington, D.C., for the Advocacy Institute include: President Betty Reynolds (West Linn-Wilsonville School Board), President-elect LeeAnn Larsen (Beaverton SD), Vice President Tass Morrison (North Santiam SD), Secretary-treasurer Don Cruise (Philomath SD), Past President Dr. Doug Nelson (High Desert ESD), Cheri Helt (Bend-LaPine SD), Kris Howatt (Gresham-Barlow SD), Hank Perry (Douglas ESD), and Maureen Wolf (Tigard-Tualatin SD). Also attending as members of OSBA's Legislative Policy Committee are Andrew Bryan (Baker SD), Kim Strelchun (Hillsboro SD) and Dawn Watson (Phoenix-Talent SD).

Jim Green, OSBA's executive director, said the occasion gives participants insight into education policy at the federal level.

"It's important for our local school board members to meet with members of Congress to advocate for Oregon students," he said.

OSBA is a member services organization for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.

'Get on Board' urges candidates to run for school, ESD and community college boards - 01/26/17

The May 2015 election saw the lowest number of candidates for Oregon school board seats in a decade, and nearly three-quarters of all candidates ran unopposed (data: http://bit.ly/2ktz0LU).

To combat that trend, today marks the official launch of the Get on Board campaign (www.getonboardoregon.org), designed to ensure that Oregonians from all walks of life consider investing their time and energy by serving on local school boards. We hope to see sitting board members offer their expertise for another term, and motivate community members -- including persons of color -- to take up the challenge of volunteer board work.

This new effort by the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) comes ahead of the Feb. 4 date when the filing period opens for seats on the boards of local school districts, education service districts (ESDs) and community colleges. Candidates must file by March 16 to be eligible for the May 2017 ballot.

To help prospective candidates answer questions about the process and prepare them to become school board members if they are elected, OSBA Board Development staff will offer two free webinars in February. Dates and registration information are:
??(R) Feb 9: http://bit.ly/2iOYI8m
??(R) Feb 15: http://bit.ly/2jQLuJY

Other campaign resources can be found on a new website at www.getonboardoregon.org.

"We hope that this campaign will encourage Oregonians to become a voice for students and make a difference in the lives of Oregon's young people," said Jim Green, OSBA's executive director.

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, ESDs and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.