Oregon Charter School News Weekly

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

Across the country, communities are coming together to protest police brutality - the tragic murder of George Floyd and so many others. We are heartbroken, angry, and saddened. This is a time to not only let our voices be heard - but to let our actions be strong against the structural and institutional racism that exists in our society.

We encourage our charter schools to reflect on their practices, to encourage a discussion on implicit and explicit bias, to foster an anti-racist, anti-oppressive approach in their school and community, and to ensure that the history and experiences of all identities along with a social justice education are represented in the curriculum. Check in with students and families and help them feel safe, valued, and heard.

Below are a few resources to help you take action in your school. 

On school response and school culture: 

On being an anti-racist educator:  On teaching and curriculum: On parenting: 
To honor and recognize the hard work of our students, we are featuring 2020 charter school graduates in our weekly e-news. Share your unique and innovative approach to celebrating 2020 graduates by emailing photos and details to
It brings a smile to our faces to see the creative and fun ways charter schools across Oregon are celebrating their 2020 graduates. This week's graduates are from River's Edge Academy Charter School (REACH). REACH is a charter school in Rogue River, OR. The mission at REACH is to offer a partnership between families, community, and public education that is performance & standards-based, personalized learning, supported by the principles of multiple intelligence, service learning, college & career readiness to students in grades K-12.
To celebrate their 2020 graduates, REACH held a graduation ceremony that was both shared via Facebook Live and with attendees in cars. There was a chorus of joyful horns beeping and folks cheering as graduates walked across the outdoor stage. Click here to view the ceremony. REACH also recognized their graduates by featuring them in Facebook posts that congratulated the individual student and shared a little personal information to their charter school community. Way to go REACH grads!
The Oregon Department of Education recently released the Ready Schools, Safe Learners, the initial guidance for how public and private schools will develop an operational blueprint for the 2020-21 school year. The purpose of this guidance is to support a back-to-school plan that utilizes a mix of on-site and distance learning options to protect the safety of students, staff, and families. 

“The unfortunate truth is that students from historically-underserved communities, particularly Oregon’s Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other students of color, have been disproportionately impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Every student, regardless of the zip code they live in, deserves access to a high-quality education and the school-based services that will prepare them for lifelong success,” said Governor Kate Brown. “At the same time, we must ensure that Oregon’s students, our educators and support professionals, and our parents and caregivers remain safe. Returning to school in the fall will not look the same as it did before COVID-19. What the Oregon Department of Education has established is a process for school districts to listen to the community and develop health and safety plans that make sense for each district, each school, and each student. Together, we will proceed cautiously, testing each step as we move forward, and taking a step back if necessary to protect the health and safety of our students, families, and education community.”

Click here to read the June 10 announcement, including an excerpt from a student submission in the "Elevating Voices Project."

The operational blueprint will require that every school, under direction of the district, determine whether they teach all students on-site, teach all students through distance learning or utilize a hybrid model. If you need any assistance in navigating this new guidance and planning for the 2020-21 school year, email We are here to support you. 
The National Charter Schools Conference is going virtual! NCSCvirtual will take place over three days—July 16, 23, and 30—focusing on three areas of interest to schools: remote learning, reopening schools in the fall, and reimagining schools. The conference will have many of the great elements of the in-person event; keynote speakers, breakout sessions, homerooms, and networking opportunities, all from the comfort and safety of your home. Click below to learn more and register today! 

Educator Resources: Virtual Events 

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!
  • If you have any specific questions, or feel you need some additional assistance, please reach out to Iris Maria Chávez at or 504-701-3931.
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