2022 Legislative Session

The 2022 Legislative Session is officially over. We’re proud to say that with your support, three of our priority bills are on their way to Governor Brown’s desk where they will be signed into law. 

We’re grateful to you for your advocacy and to the many lawmakers who supported these important bills that will set Oregonians up for a brighter and more equitable future. Oregonians will soon have improved access to tax assistance to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, wildfire impacted districts will have stable education funding and leadership from superintendents will be more stable for students and families.

Will you join us in thanking the lawmakers who voted yes on these critical bills?

THANK LAWMAKERS WHO VOTED YES

2022 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES 

OUR ADVOCACY IN THE 2022 SHORT LEGISLATIVE SESSION WILL BE CENTERED ON EQUITY AND RACIAL JUSTICE FOR OUR STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES. WE ARE PROUD TO SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING BILLS. 

HOUSE BILL 4117: IMPROVING PARTICIPATION IN THE FEDERAL EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT (EITC) PROGRAM The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the most effective programs to help families transition from poverty to self-sufficiency. Yet, Oregon ranks third lowest in the country for EITC participation. In 2018, the year with the most recent available data, one in four eligible families didn't use the credit. This bill provides $4 million to enable culturally specific and responsive service organizations to help low-income clients become aware of benefits, navigate the system, and file returns. | We're proud to support the EITC and CTC coalition on this bill. 

HOUSE BILL 4112: PROVIDING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHING ETHNIC STUDIES In 2017, the Oregon Legislature passed an Ethnic Studies standard to ensure our K-12 education system honors and integrates the rich and unique histories, contributions, and perspectives of traditionally underrepresented ethnic and social minority groups. This bill makes a $1.25 million investment that ensures Oregon’s current and future educators will be trained and supported to responsibly implement these standards with new lesson plans and instructional materials that are culturally responsive, accessible, and meaningfully enrich all students’ learning. | We're proud to support Oregon Partners for Education Justice on this bill. 

HOUSE BILL 4029: ENSURING PROFESSIONAL LEARNING FOR SCHOOL BOARDS AND SUPERINTENDENTS The decisions our education leaders make around equity are critical, as is their understanding of the role of the school board and how to oversee their district. This bill ensures districts will have helpful professional learning and education equity training that has an emphasis on students from underserved and underrepresented communities. The training will be on-going, meaningful, and action oriented. Local districts will be able to determine what training tools they want. | We're proud to support the Coalition of School Administrators and Oregon School Boards Association on this bill. 

SENATE BILL 1521: LEADERSHIP STABILIZATION TO SUPPORT STUDENTS AND COMMUNITIES A key role of school boards is managing the superintendent. Recently, there have been instances of superintendents being fired without cause by school boards who do not align with them politically, despite a history of positive performance reviews and positive feedback from the community. This bill provides employment protections for superintendents who are following federal, state, and local law, rules, and regulations and prohibits boards from directing superintendents to violate the law. | We're proud to support the Coalition of School Administrators and Oregon School Boards Association on this bill. 

HOUSE BILL 4099: CREATING A RACIAL EQUITY AND JUSTICE YOUTH COLLABORATIVE This bill creates a state-level Racial Equity and Justice Youth Collaborative to i) support diverse youth leaders in the policy-making process at the state level; ii) ensure that youth — particularly youth who have been historically, and currently underrepresented or underserved — are meaningfully involved in the creation and implementation of the policies and practices that impact their lives. | We're proud to support the Coalition of School Administrators and REAP on this bill. 

HOUSE BILL 4026: ENSURING STABLE FUNDING IN WILDFIRE IMPACTED DISTRICTS This bill will ensure education funding (the State School Fund, Student Investment Account, and High School Success/Measure 98) is stable over the next four years for districts most impacted by the 2020 wildfires: Phoenix-Talent, McKenzie, Santiam Canyon, and Lincoln County. | We're proud to support the Coalition of School Administrators and Oregon School Boards Association on this bill.

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