Oregon Charter School News Weekly

A bi-weekly newsletter of Charter School happenings
around Oregon and the Nation.

The Oregon Youth Corps has summer opportunities for Douglas County youth!

Phoenix Charter School oversees the program. Those ages 16-24 are eligible to work full-time Mondays through Thursdays for six weeks in June and July. Duties include improving local public lands in collaboration with the Umpqua National Forest, Roseburg Bureau of Land Management and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians.

Students will work on backcountry trails in the Tiller Ranger District, monitor legacy sugar pine trees for the Calf-Copeland Restoration Project in the Umpqua National Forest, improve trail and campground enhancement, help with noxious weed crews, and more.

Click here or call Phoenix Charter School at 784-8608 for more information.

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State Board of Education Student Advisor Opportunity

The Oregon State Board of Education welcomes upcoming high school seniors to apply for a one-year appointment as a student advisor to the Board. This appointment begins August 2022 and ends July 2023. To qualify, students must be a current high school junior (senior during the 2022-23 school year) in good academic standing. As a State Board Advisor, students are expected to attend board meetings beginning in August 2022 and assist the Board in analyzing the policies, proposals and requests before it.

Criteria for Advisor Selection

  • Interest in serving as an advisor for one year
  • Commitment to attend board meetings and any special board functions
  • Willingness to participate in policy discussions
  • Ability to deliberate policy issues
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities

Applications will be reviewed as submitted, and the application portal will remain open until the positions are filled. If you have any questions about this appointment or the application, please review the full announcement or contact State Board Administrator Corey Rosenberg by email.

Encourage your students to apply - we'd love to see the charter community represented!

Learn More and Apply

U.S. Senate Page Program for the Spring of 2023

Oregon students entering their junior year of high school during the 2022-23 school year have the opportunity to apply to be part of the Senate Page Program next spring. Applications are due by September 5, 2022. 

Only 30 page positions are available among 100 senators, and this highly competitive Senate Page Program provides students with first-hand experience of Senate operations. Pages play a critical role in the daily work of the U.S. Senate by helping to deliver correspondence, legislative material, amendments and bills around the congressional complex and during congressional proceedings.  

To be eligible, the student must be: 

  • A high school junior for the 2022-2023 school year; 
  • Between the ages of sixteen and eighteen years old on the date of appointment (the date the page session starts); 
  • A U.S. citizen; and 
  • Able to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. 

Interested participants should apply online and must upload the following items: 

  • An official copy of your high school transcript(s); 
  • A current resume; 
  • A cover letter explaining why you wish to be a Senate page; 
  • A letter of recommendation from one of your teachers; 
  • A letter of recommendation from a supervisor familiar with your work on a job or in volunteer service; 
  • A short essay (250 to 500 words) responding to the question, “Describe one major problem that the United States is currently facing and – if you were a U.S. Senator from Oregon – how you would try to fix that problem.” 
Share this awesome opportunity with your students - we'd love to see OR charter representation in this prestigious program!
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​​​Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan is pleased to invite all Oregon elementary and middle school-​aged students to participate in the 2023-2024 Oregon Blue Book essay contest.
About the Contest

The Oregon Blue Book is a unique and special book because it captures snapshots in time of our state . Oregonians can go back to editions from decades ago and gain an understanding of our state during that era. Since early 2020, Oregonians have been faced with the COVID 19 pandemic. Students have been impacted in many ways, and we’d like to hear about those experiences. These essays will be a part of our mission to tell the story of Oregon during this snapshot of our state’s history.

Essay Topic: Oregon students share their pandemic experience

Students can approach the essay in the way that best describes their experience. Here are some essay prompts that might be helpful:

  • How did the COVID-19 pandemic affect your everyday life?
  • How did the COVID19 pandemic change the way you attend school and other activities?
  • What are some things you learned during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • In what ways did the pandemic impact you and your friends?

​Students may submit a written or a video essay. Students who choose to submit a written essay will also provide a drawing/illustration they created to go with their essay.

Contest winners’ written essays/drawings and names of video essay winners will be included in the 2023-2024 Oregon Blue Book published version. Video essay winners will be prominently featured on the digital version of the Oregon Blue Book. All winners will be invited to the State Capitol for the official Oregon Blue Book release party and celebration in early 2023.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, October 20, 2022.

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School Opportunities and Resources

VELA Education Fund Microgrant
VELA Education Fund announced their latest VELA Microgrant round is now live! VELA Microgrants support early-stage ideas for PK-12 education programs that redefine how, when, and where learning takes place, and that allow families to access options that better meet their needs, outside of the traditional school system. Microgrant applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis through the end of October. Micro grant applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis through the end of October. Learn more and apply today. 

Additional Resources for EIR Grant Opportunity 
Applications are still open for early-phasemid-phase, and expansion grants within the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Program. The purpose of these grants is to support the incubation, development, and expansion of promising innovative practices. Applications for early-phase are due July 21, and for mid-phase and expansion are due June 21. For additional information on these grants, see these summaries from our partners at Penn Hill Group: early-phase summarymid-phase summary, and expansion summary.  

The Yass Prize for Sustainable, Transformational, Outstanding, and Permissionless Education
Do you know an education provider who is transforming education with 21st-century ideas? A school that ensures every student has a clear and successful path to college and career? Introducing The Yass Prize for Sustainable, Transformational, Outstanding, and Permissionless Education and STOP Awards. Learn more and apply before the July 15 deadline.

National Charter School Resource Center Funding Opportunity Database
The database includes one-time and ongoing grants, fellowships, prizes, and scholarships. Sponsors include the U.S. Federal Government and philanthropic organizations. The page is updated frequently as charter school funding opportunities are announced. Click here to view the database and search for funding opportunities.

Upcoming Events

Programs, Policy, and Research

Register Now: 2022 National Charter Schools Conference in Washington, DC
Registration is open for the 2022 National Charter Schools Conference in
Washington, D.C., June 19-22. The National Alliance is committed to hosting a safe and rewarding event to make up for the time we’ve lost together, but space is limited. Join them where the movement meets. See their keynote speakers (more to come!), breakout sessions, and promo video for more on why you can't miss out. Click here to learn more.

Administration Launches "Internet for All" Initiative
The newly launched Internet for All initiative will invest $45 billion in affordable high-speed internet for everyone in America by expanding infrastructure, teaching digital skills, and providing necessary technology. The initiative includes three programs: Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program; Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program; and State Digital Equity Act programs. Learn more at the Internet for All website.

The CSP and Charter Schools
Last week, the National Alliance’s Senior Vice President for Communications and Marketing Debbie Veney was a featured guest on the podcast Instruction Discussion. During the insightful dialogue with host Kevin Boston-Hill, a veteran in the public education sector, Debbie explained the proposed rules to the federal Charter School Program and why, if implemented, they would be harmful to communities that rely on charter schools for high-quality public education. Debbie and Kevin also get back to the basics and discuss the purpose of public charter schools and who they serve. Listen here!

Secretary Cardona Testifies Before House Education and Labor Committee
On May 26, U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona testified before the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee on the FY 2023 Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Education. Secretary Cardona answered questions about numerous issues, including school safety. A number of representatives also asked questions about the recent rulemaking on the Charter Schools Program (CSP). In response, the Secretary voiced his support for high-quality schools, including charter schools, and emphasized that he believes the proposed regulations are reasonable and that he supports greater accountability, transparency, and fiscal responsibility.

Charter Schools in the News

Is your school a member of ORC3S yet? 
We are a coalition of community-based, public charter schools representing all corners of our state. Although, we are all unique in our pedagogy and practice, what unites us is our commitment to educational innovation and to high-quality schools for all students. Our mission is to provide a voice and sustainable support and guidance for the members of our coalition.
Join us now!
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