Oregon Charter School News Weekly

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

2019 Legislative Session

Capitol dynamics continue to be a challenge this week as legislative leadership announced the BOLI sexual harassment settlement. After much speculation about his possible resignation, Senate President Courtney announced he would be taking a ten-day medical leave of absence. His return would be inauspiciously around the Ides of March.

The Ways and Means Co-Chairs released their budget framework on Thursday. Unlike the Governor’s Recommended Budget, the Co-Chairs developed a budget framework based on current revenue only (no assumption of increased corporate or tobacco taxes).   The Co-Chairs acknowledge that there are needs that exceed available resources and proposed the following guidelines to develop a balanced state budget:
  • 5% General Fund reduction across agencies to balance the 2019-21 budget
  • The State School Fund and the Oregon Health Plan will be funded without cuts
  • $100 million will be added to The State School Fund
Ways and Means Subcommittees will use these guidelines to continue to evaluate reductions and additions to each agency’s budget until the release of the May 15th revenue forecast.  

And, legislative activity came to a rare stand still on Wednesday afternoon for the state funeral of Secretary of State Dennis Richardson. 

Next week we expect the Joint Committee on Student Success (JCSS) to lay out their next steps for developing policy and revenue reforms to support improvements in PK - 12 education. 

Stay tuned for updates in next Friday's Charter School Weekly. 

Educator Resource
  • Graphic Novels Belong in Your English Class. Here's How to Use Them Graphic novels are rich in complexity and provide a unique opportunity for literary analysis, writes library media specialist Paige Classey Przybylski. Read more here.

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/Opportunity
  • 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 4:30pm to 5:30pm 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.

Want to weigh in on the state budget?

The Joint Committee on Ways and Means will start its community hearing tour on Saturday in Coos Bay at 1 p.m. 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. 

Public Hearings: 
  • Coos Bay State Budget Community Hearing 
    Time: 1:00 p.m.  to 3:00 p.m.
    Date: March 9th, 2019
    Where: Marshfield High School Auditorium
    972 Ingersoll Ave.
    Coos Bay, OR 97420
  • Pendleton State Budget Community Hearing 
    Time: 5:30 p.m.  to 7:30 p.m.
    Date: March 15th, 2019
    Where: Blue Mountain Community College
    Pioneer Hall, Bob Clapp Theatre
    2411 NW Carden Ave.
    PENDLETON, OR 97801
  • Redmond State Budget Community Hearing 
    Time: 2:00 p.m.  to 4:00 p.m.
    Date: March 16th, 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 21st, 2019
    Where: Portland Community College – Cascade
    MAHB 104 Auditorium
    5514 N. Albina Ave.
    PORTLAND, OR 97217


It's not too late to register:
Oregon Charter School Advocacy Day!

Join us on March 18, 2019 for the 1st ORC3S Charter School Advocacy Day in Salem, OR. 

It will be an exciting day where the charter school community - school leaders, teachers, parents, students and community members come together to:

•Learn about the Oregon legislative process,
•Learn best practices on how to be an effective advocate,
•Understand current education bills with impacts on charter schools
•Meet with your  elected officials and share your story about the importance of charter schools,
•Tour the State Capitol,
•Network with other Charter school leaders and advocates from across Oregon

For more information and to register visit: 

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!
Oregon Coalition of Community Charter Schools
13809 SE Division St Ste A
Portland, OR 97236

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