Your Weekly Legislative Update

Current Events & News | 02/11/2019

Parasa Chanramy
Policy & Implementation Director

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Key Updates from Week Three

Busy Week for Education Committees:

Both the House and Senate Education Committees heard bills ranging from school safety and mental health to bullying prevention, reporting and testing.

Subcommittees for the Joint Committee on Student Success (JCSS) Meeting Twice Per Week:

The JCSS subcommittee on Revenue reviewed the mechanics of various models for generating revenue, and heard from experts from the Legislative Revenue Office. Among their core guiding principles are:

  • A revenue source dedicated to funding a successful school system;
  • A broad business tax base with low rates;
  • A destination-based tax;
  • Balanced treatment across business structures;
  • Increased stability in the revenue system;
  • Maintained/improved progressive tax structure.

JCSS Subcommittee Take Deep Dive into Early Learning:

JCSS Subcommittee on Early Learning invited Early Learning Director, Miriam Calderon, to provide a detailed update on the early learning structure and landscape in Oregon. View her presentation and fact sheet HERE.

JCSS Subcommittee Requests State Auditor Recommendations:

JCSS Subcommittee on Accountability and Transparency asked state auditors to give an overview of improvements they recommend to the Oregon Department of Education in their latest audit. Read more about their top findings and recommendations HERE.

Lawmakers Hear Testimony from Stand for Children:

Stand’s own Data and Research Director, Monica Cox, testified to the JCSS subcommittee on Accountability and Transparency, emphasizing three core functions of an ideal accountability system:

  1. Advance Equity: Our accountability system must help ensure every student, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, language, ability, family income, or zip code, has access to the educational resources they need to graduate high school prepared to achieve their aspirations, whatever they might be. Additionally, the system should be designed to promote public understanding of how well our schools are doing and why, and it should provide opportunities for community inquiry.
  2. Measuring Progress: The indicators our accountability system uses to measure school success should be valid (meaning, they are associated with student outcomes); they should align with our equity goals; and they should be tied to our investments. We should have a comprehensive metric for identifying schools in need of extra supports. Our analyses should be longitudinal, so we can home in on patterns in need of disruption. The data that informs these analyses should be good quality.
  3. Supporting Continuous Improvement: Our accountability system should be more than just setting expectations and reporting progress, it must prompt and support action. The system should have policies and processes for driving continuous improvement cycles, directing resources and supports to support improvement, and it should develop capacity to support implementation.

What to Expect in Week Four

The House and Senate Education Committees are holding public hearings for a number of bills this week, including legislation related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in Oregon’s public schools and Oregon’s American Indian/Alaska Native Student Plan; student access and credit transfers; as well as supports for the Oregon School for the Deaf. This week, and throughout this month, all JCSS subcommittees will continue reviewing models within and outside of Oregon; refining policy and funding frameworks; and begin vetting proposals before sharing them back with the full Joint Committee.

Make Sure Lawmakers Hear from You!

Join Stand for Children’s Lobby Day on February 18th and make sure your representative hears from you about the importance of full Measure 98 funding!

Stand for Children Lobby Day
Join fellow Stand for Children members for a day of civic engagement in Salem!
February 18th9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Starting at St. Mark’s in Salem
790 Marion Street NE
Complimentary travel, language interpretation, child care, breakfast and lunch are provided

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