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Tell OEIB: It’s time to change the odds for our English learners

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By the close of Oregon’s next legislative session, nearly 800 English learners will drop out of high school, but I can’t stand the thought of even one more child slipping through the cracks.*

It’s time to change the odds for Oregon’s English learners.

Oregon Department of Education working to improve outcomes for English learners

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The Oregon Department of Education wants to improve investments in English learners, a rapidly growing demographic in Oregon schools.

Meet our new executive director, Toya Fick

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Stand for Children Oregon is stronger than ever, and we are taking steps to continue to increase our effectiveness. That's why I'm excited to introduce our new Executive Director -- Toya Fick.

A message from Reynolds

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Dear Stand for Children community,

Today’s school shooting has truly devastated our community. Yet in the midst of this tragedy, I have been proud and grateful to see the way students, families, teachers and community members have been supporting one another. 

My deepest sympathy goes out to those who lost someone.

I work closely with many families who had children at Reynolds High School during the time of the event. Their children are safe, albeit traumatized. 

Beaverton sends another clear message -- public schools are a priority

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Thank you to all the members who stepped up to volunteer for the Beaverton school bond and Brian Tosky campaigns this election. We engaged in thousands of meaningful conversations about education at neighbors' doorsteps, on the phones, and over email.

As you probably saw, the bond passed. The Beaverton community sent yet another clear signal that we will do what it takes to fund our schools. Today, I'm extremely proud to call Beaverton my home.

Beaverton chapter endorses Brian Tosky, Democrat for House District 34

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The Oregon legislature plays a key role in funding and policy decisions that affect every child in Beaverton. That's why the Beaverton chapter works to elect leaders who are deeply committed to improving educational opportunities for children, and who put students at the forefront of education policies.

Reynolds parents demand action on ELL

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Last night, about a dozen parents from the Reynolds chapter attended a school board meeting to demand a better partnership from the school district and better results for children in English Language Learner programs. Board members were quick to respond and pledge their support to work with us on this incredibly important issue. 

End the perverse incentive to keep kids in ELD

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Just before spring break, I testified before members of the school funding task force. Now that our kids are settled back into the classroom and I'm settled back in at work, I can't help but return my thoughts to those who we're failing -- specifically the 51% of the 60,000 students learning English. It doesn't have to be that way, and I think you'll see why in my testimony:

CORRECTION: Length of Oregon school year compared to major urban districts

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CORRECTION: A couple weeks ago, we published information comparing instructional time in Oregon to various urban districts across the country. We used Oregon’s minimum instructional hour requirements, and compared them to time in school as calculated by the National Center on Time and Learning.

Jackson County chapter requests school board to solicit feedback from parents, students and teachers on proficiency grading

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The Jackson County chapter made the following statement on Monday night at Jackson County Schools' board meeting.

Chair Thomas,

Members of the School Board

Stand for Children leaders applaud the recent Amendment to HB 4150 regarding proficiency reporting and believe it provides a measure of flexibility which will ensure all students have a better chance to succeed and graduate under proficiency guidelines.

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