Oregon Charter School News Weekly

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

2019 Legislative Session

For regular readers of the Capitol Climate, here’s your weekly dose of Capitol culture: Against doctor’s orders, Senate President Courtney made a brief, unexpected appearance on Thursday to preside over the vote on a Senate resolution which declares legislative support for survivors of sexual violence. Senator Gelser, a chief co-sponsor of the resolution, gave a powerful floor speech that touched on the normalization of sexual harassment in the Capitol, the failure of leadership to doing anything about it, and the need for much more than a Senate resolution to create any real change. The Senate President tried to apologize, but was rebuked by Gelser for “taking attention away from the people the resolution was intended for.” President Courtney did return to the Capitol on Monday, as his 10 day medical leave comes to an end.

Two big deadlines that once seemed far away are now looming. Bills have to be posted for a work session by March 29th and out of their committee of origin by Tuesday, April 9th. Committees are feeling the pressure, as agendas are so packed that testimony has been frequently limited to two minutes. 

Last week the Joint Committee on Student Success (JCSS) laid out their next steps for developing policy and revenue reforms to support improvements in PK - 12 education. Unfortunately, the subcommittee report outs (early childhood, accountability & transparency, and revenue) didn't lay out recommendations so much as they laid out a framework and options in each of their areas. We expect conversations around the specifics to resume this week and hope to see more detail in the days to come.  
Educator Resources

Programs, Policy, and Research
  • A blog post by the Coalition of Public Independent Charter Schools responds and comments on the recent analysis published by EducationNext. Click here to read about the partisan composition of the education reform movement. 
  • Oregon Community Foundation launched a survey to gather information on how nonprofits and schools prevent and address bullying in Oregon. Click here to complete the survey and be entered into a drawing for one of several Powell’s Books gift cards.
  • An article by Governing Magazine discusses research from a new report by Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional & Academic Development supporting the "Whole Child" approach. Click here to read. 
Events and Workshops

School Opportunities
  • Summer Food Service Program: The Oregon Department of Education is seeking schools, community organizations and Native American tribes to participate in a summertime effort to provide meals and snacks to children. The program compensates schools, nonprofit organizations, local government agencies, camps, and faith-based organizations that serve food in supervised environments. For more information on how to be a Summer Food Service Program provider click here.
  • High School Success grants: Are you a high school that has receveid a High School Success (Measure 98) grant award or are looking to apply this cycle? The Oregon Department of Education is currently making available opportunities for schools to connect with peers in the development of their plans and for people who are interested in being peer reviewers for the program. Click here for more information.  
Student Resources and Opportunities
  • Oregon Student Voice wants your voice to join them!
    Oregon Student Voice empowers all students to be authentic partners with other
    education stakeholders in making decisions that affect their K-12 learning experience. Membership is open to all Oregon students in grades 6 through 12. No matter how you identify yourself or how others perceive you: we welcome you. We collectively meet on the first Wednesday of every month from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in-person at our regional centers in Portland, Salem, and Reedsport or virtually through Zoom. Locations for our in-person meetings are provided in a calendar invite before the meeting. We also regularly work in smaller groups outside these meetings to keep our initiatives moving forward. Visit to learn more and get involved.
Oregon Schools in the News

Portland School District Parent Arrested by ICE
On the way to pick up his child from school, a PPS parent was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. The district has expressed its concern for the family of the man who was detained, calling the incident "inhumane" and "unforgivable."

"Students shouldn’t have to come to school anxious that their parent — their mom or their father — won’t be home after school. Parents shouldn’t fear of not being able to take or pick up their kids from school because of the potential to be detained," Portland schools Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero said at a March 12 board meeting. 

Click here to learn more about this story and here to watch a clip of the board meeting. 

The number of immigration arrests has increased greatly in the last few years. ICE raids and family separation deeply impact a children's emotional, physiological, and physical health. To ensure the safety and well-being of students in your school, consider the following resources: 

Want to weigh in on the state budget?

Last week, the Joint Committee on Ways and Means started its community hearing tour. Oregonians will be able to testify before the committee and present their thoughts on how the Legislature should allocate its budget for the 2019-21 biennium. Attend a public hearing and let legislators know how important full funding of K-12 education is for charter school students. 

Upcoming Public Hearings: 
  • Redmond State Budget Community Hearing 
    Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Date: March 16, 2019
    Where: Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center
    Three Sisters Conference and Convention Center (South Sister)
    3800 SW Airport Way
    REDMOND, OR 97756
  • Portland State University State Budget Community Hearing 
    Time: 5:30 p.m.
    Date: March 21, 2019
    Where: Portland Community College – Cascade
    MAHB 104 Auditorium
    5514 N. Albina Ave.
    PORTLAND, OR 97217
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