I’m feeling so inspired and energized from our Lobby Day last week! Over 200 Stand leaders - parents, students, teachers and education advocates - joined us on February 18th for our big Lobby Day in Salem. We met with the Governor; heard from Reps. Helt and Sollman about the power of our stories and advocacy; and worked together to hold over 40 constituent meetings with state lawmakers all across the Capitol.
And that was just Monday!
Key updates from the fifth week:
Stand for Children organized two panels of six people to testify to the Senate Education Committee about Measure 98 implementation during year one. Our panelists included: Toya Fick (Executive Director, Stand for Children Oregon); Jill Weber (Principal, Roseburg High School); Ella Meloy (Student, Lincoln High School); Sami Al-AbdRabbuh (School Board Member, Corvallis School Board); Erik Bishoff (CTE Teacher, Springfield); Larry Banks (Principal Architect, PIVOT Architecture).
The House Education Committee heard different bills ranging from educator equity to support for small rural schools. One of the bills heard before the House Education Committee, HB 2742, focuses on helping Oregon grow and diversify our PreK through 12 workforce. This is an effort that is long overdue, and we are excited to support this work.
The subcommittees from the Joint Committee on Student Success (JCSS) are covering a lot of ground.
- The JCSS early learning subcommittee learned about early childhood special education programs and different preschool options across the state, reviewed preschool in other states, and invited early learning advocates to come share more about their policy and investment priorities.
- The JCSS accountability & transparency subcommittee invited the Oregon Department of Education back to the table to discuss challenges to increased accountability; they also invited Oregon Housing and Community Services and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission to share more about their respective outcomes-based funding models.
- The JCSS revenue subcommittee heard from the Coalition for the Common Good. The Coalition is a unique group that includes labor organizations and businesses who are committed to creating pragmatic, non-partisan solutions to help raise at least $2 billion to fund our public schools.
The Education Subcommittee for Ways and Means also invited the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to present on the State School Fund and ODE’s budget. These presentations will carry on throughout this week as well. You can find all of their materials here. After these presentations, there will be two days of public hearings on the State School Fund and ODE’s budget.
Speaking of budgets, the Joint Committee for Ways and Means is launching their roadshow soon. This is a unique opportunity for the public to provide input on the state budget.
Here are the dates for the roadshow stops:
3/9/2019 1:00 PM, Coos Bay
Public Hearing (1-3pm)
Marshfield High School (Auditorium)
972 Ingersoll Ave.
3/15/2019 5:30 PM, Pendleton
Public Hearing (5:30-7:30pm)
Blue Mountain Community College (Pioneer Hall, Bob Clapp Theatre)
2411 NW Carden Ave.
3/16/2019 2:00 PM, Redmonda
Public Hearing (2-4pm)
Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center (Three Sisters Conference and Convention Center (South Sister)
3800 SW Airport Way
3/21/2019 5:30 PM, Portland
Public Hearing (5:30-7:30pm)
Portland Community College – Cascade (MAHB 104 Auditorium)
5514 N. Albina Ave.
If you can attend one of these and help testify, please let me know! If you aren’t able to attend – that’s okay, you can always submit your testimony online. It’s really easy; if you need support, just reach out to me. I’d be happy to help!
What’s on the docket this week:
There are a number of bills up for public hearings in the House and Senate Education Committees; they include bills that range from safety, vision screenings and assessments to accelerated learning, open educational resources, school meal programs.
The JCSS subcommittees will also continue to connect with different experts and review various models.
- The JCSS early learning subcommittee will learn more about the early learning workforce, recruitment and retention challenges, as well as different policy opportunities.
- The JCSS accountability & transparency subcommittee will explore data and transparency in other states, student information systems, and Massachusetts’ education system.
- The JCSS revenue subcommittee will hear from the Oregon Revenue Roundtable and continue reviewing the mechanics of different tax structures.
Stay up-to-date on the details by joining our weekly calls, every Friday at noon.
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