Oregon Charter School News Weekly

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

The Capitol Mourns the Loss of a True Stateswoman

Last Wednesday business came to a halt in the Capitol as the news that long-time Senator Jackie Winters had passed away was announced by Speaker Kotek on the House floor. Sen. Winters had served in the Legislature since 1999, but her days in the Capitol date back to the McCall administration. She has long been a true bipartisan policymaker and her passing comes less than a week after passage of the juvenile justice reform package she championed. In a press release from her bedside, she described it as her “crowning legislative achievement.”

With policy committees shutdown, House leadership took the opportunity to schedule extended floor sessions morning, afternoon and into the evening hours to get through the backlog of bills. This was in response to House Republicans not suspending a rule that require bills to be read in their entirety. This stall tactic came to an end on Wednesday when Reps Post (R-Salem) and Nearman (R-Dallas) voted with Democrats to suspend the rule.

With the House back in business, the PERS bill (SB 1049) was up for a House vote on Thursday. The bill nearly died on its initial vote as nine Democrats cast their vote against the bill sponsored by Speaker Kotek (predictably all House Republicans voted in opposition as “not enough”). As the House stood at ease, Rep. Greenlick (D-Portland) and Rep Salinas (D-Lake Oswego) were summoned to the Speaker’s office and returned to the floor to change their vote to “aye.” It now heads to the Governor’s desk where she has signaled she will sign it.

We are passionate about Oregon public charter schools. Share feedback on how we can foster bright futures for your students! Our Needs Assessment Survey is a short, five-minute questionnaire that will help shape our coalition’s efforts to support your school. Click here to take the survey.

The 2019 National Charter Schools Conference is an opportunity to network, explore, and learn. This year's conference is in Las Vegas from June 30 to July 3. Represent Oregon, refresh your knowledge with more than 100 breakout sessions, and feel inspired after hearing from keynote speakers. Let ORC3S know if you are attending by emailing

For more info, visit

Educator Resources

Programs, Policy, and Research
  • Summer is just around the corner! When the hot weather hits, stay cool and watch a few of these education documentaries on Netflix.  
  • In Minneapolis, low income kids can grab a hot meal from Street Eats - a food truck traveling to eight sites around the city. What a great effort to prevent hunger for kids over the summer break! Click here for more info.
  • Preparing for the 2019-2020 school year? Check out these 50 free counseling and social emotional learning activities and start the year off right! 
  • In need of an uplifting story as the year comes to a close? Staff and students at a Georgia school celebrated a beloved custodial worker and made him "King for a Day" at his farewell retirement party. Watch the heartwarming video here
  • CHOICE. CHALLENGE. COLLABORATION. CONTROL. Read this article about four research-based strategies to ignite motivation in students.
  • The end-of-year hustle and bustle can make maintaining family engagement particularly difficult. Here are some helpful tips.  

Events and Workshops
School Opportunities
  • Education Northwest Coaching Tool
    Education Northwest recently designed the Promoting Success for Teachers of English Learners: A Coaching Tool. According to the website, this could be a “valuable addition to teacher and administrator pre-service preparation programs, as well as in-service professional development initiatives for principals, teachers and other school personnel responsible for the education of English learner students.” Click here to learn more and to set up professional learning.
Student Resources and Opportunities
  • 57 things to do in Oregon this summer
    Happy (almost) summer! Share this comprehensive list of activities, festivals, and events with your students.
  • Summer Reading Programs
    Spend your summer exploring the wide and vast universe of STORIES. Summer Reading starts June 8. Click below for more information. 
  • Planet Fitness Free Membership and Sweepstakes
    Planet Fitness is offering teens ages 15 to 18 FREE membership through September 1. Grab your parent or guardian and sign up at Planet Fitness near you. You can also sign up for the Planet Fitness Teen Summer Challenge Scholarship Sweepstakes. Click here to learn more.
  • Summer Enrichment Programs
    In the PDXParent article “Choosing Summer Activities to Inspire Learning,” Dr. Jeri Janowsky, Executive Director of Saturday Academy shares tips on how to pick the right summer program for your child. 
Oregon 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!
Oregon Coalition of Community Charter Schools
13809 SE Division St Ste A
Portland, OR 97236

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Oregon Coalition of Community Charter Schools · 13809 SE Division St Ste A · Portland, OR 97236-2843 · USA

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp