Oregon Charter School News Weekly

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

Legislative Session Kicks Off!

This week the Oregon legislature kicked off its 2019 session. And, although to many it seemed the Legislature was easing into the 80th Legislative Session with a low-key start (i.e. no cap and trade vote on the first day), things were frenzied behind the scenes. Legislators and lobbyist are scrambling to get bills finalized for introduction. With 1600+ bills already introduced, hundreds more are anticipated in the coming weeks. Many committees held information hearings to help new legislators understand issue their committees will be working on in the coming months.

In education news, the Joint Committee on Student Success will continue its work of exploring the best practices employed in Oregon’s most successful schools, addressing the gaps that are limiting student success in other schools, and finding the money to invest in these ideas. The Committee will handle some of the bigger issues, while the Senate and House Education Committees will also continue to work on the P-20 spectrum of education. 

Stay tuned for weekly updates on news of note for Charter Schools! Interested in shaping the ORC3S Legislative & Advocacy agenda? Member schools can participate on our Advocacy Committee, please contact for more information. 


Oregon Graduation Rates Released
This week, Oregon Department of Education released the state's 2018 graduation rates. There's a lot of good news, especially for charter schools around the state! 

Overall, Oregon's statewide average graduation rate made some small gains to 79% (up from 77% in 2017). Gains were broadly shared across student subgroups, 
with Latinos, Native Americans, whites, low-income students, girls and boys all matching or exceeding the statewide rate of improvement. Unfortunately, the picture is not one of joy for black students, whose on-time graduation rate remained mired at 68 percent after showing steady gains the previous four years.

Big congratulations are due to many of our charter schools around the state for knocking it out of the park!
  • Academy for Character Education: 100%
  • Clackamas Middle College: 95.95%
  • Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences: 84.09%
  • Crater Lake Charter Academy: 80.65%
  • Kings Valley Charter School: 91.67%
  • Logos Public Charter School: 92.94%
  • Redmond Proficiency Academy: 91.33%
  • Summit Learning Charter: 94.34%


Oregon Ranks 33rd of 44 states on Strength of Charter Law

The National Alliance of Public Charter Schools developed a model public charter school law to help states create legislation that supports the growth of high-quality charter schools. Now in its tenth edition, the Rankings Report evaluates how well each state aligns its law to this “gold standard” example.

As the tenth edition of the report, this milestone provides an opportunity to comment on how the charter school landscape has improved over the last decade and call out the work that still needs to be done.

Recommendations from Oregon's scoring:

  • While Oregon’s law does not contain a cap on public charter school growth and provides adequate autonomy to charter schools, it also includes limited authorizing options, insufficient accountability, and inadequate funding.
  • Oregon’s law needs significant work on ensuring equitable operational funding and equitable access to capital funding and facilities. The law also needs to provide additional authorizing options for charter applicants and strengthen accountability for schools (including full-time virtual charter schools) and authorizers

Read Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws, 2019 here


New Orleans students (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

News from The 74

Roland Martin: Want to End the ‘Death Match’ Debate Over School Choice? Accept That There Is More Than One Way to Educate Our Children

Let me just get right to the point: I am sick and tired of this silly, pathetic, and nonsensical debate when it comes to whether charter schools or school choice should exist.

Pick an argument against this. Take your time. I’ve heard every single one of them. And all of them are utterly irrelevant.

The only issue that matters to me when it comes to education in America is whether our kids are learning. It really is that simple.

For far too long, we have operated as if public education can only be delivered one way. I categorically reject that idea because there is nothing in our society that is delivered one way. Packages, health care, college education, air travel, rental car companies; we have choice.

But this debate has evolved into a death match. You’ve got folks on one side that despise teachers unions and don’t like their role in liberal politics. On the other side, you’ve got folks who despise rich folks for advancing ed reform and accuse them of privatization. There are grassroots people who don’t want to be treated like children and desire to be in control of their own destiny. There are the politicians and policymakers who are often quick to pile on rules on top of rules thinking that is the answer. The noise become so loud and chaotic that most folks just tune all of it out and say, “I’m done. Y’all figure this out.”

Read the full article here

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