Oregon Charter School News Weekly

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

SSA Updates from the Office of Governor Kate Brown

Governor Kate Brown's office has released two documents - Student Success Act Community Engagement Guidance and Toolkit. Each document provides principles, action steps, and resources for successful, inclusive community engagement and planning. 

Through ongoing collaboration and leadership, the office of Governor Kate Brown aims to foster effective regional and local planning processes through ongoing collaboration. Share these documents with your staff members at your school and folks in your networks. 
But what does that mean for public charter schools? 

The Oregon Coalition of Community Charter Schools will unpack what the new investments mean for charter schools and how you may be able to access grant funds through the Act. We'll help you understand if you're a school eligible to independently apply for grant funds or how to collaborate with your district during the district-wide planning process. 

Join us for a webinar on any of the following dates (registration is required and log-in information will be provided 24 hours in advance of the webinar):
  • September 3rd, 11:45am - 12:45pm
  • September 4th, 8am - 9am
  • September 10th, 3pm - 4pm 

Findings from Education Next Poll

The findings from the 13th annual Education Next survey of public opinion sheds light on several education issues and topics. The poll revealed 48 percent of poll respondents in support of charter schools - an increase from two years ago when only 39 percent held a favorable view. However, less poll respondents expressed a neutral view compared to previous polls. 

According to the poll findings, 61 percent of Republicans this year said they support the formation of charter schools, just 40 percent of Democrats said the same. The results show only 33 percent of white Democrats favor charters, though 55 percent of black Democrats and 47 percent of Latinx Democrats back them.

Click here to view the Education Next report of findings. 

Click here to read an article by The 74. 
Education Next

Educator Resources

Programs, Policy, and Research
  • The Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) recently released the 2019 OSBA/COSA Legislative Report. This report describes the bills enacted by the 2019 Oregon Legislative Assembly that affect public schools. Questions regarding a bill? We are here to help! Contact us at
  • Recent events across the nation and in Oregon have conveyed the violence and hatred of white supremacists. This threat may generate fear among our children and families. We need to ensure our students feel safe, valued, and respected. Read "The Urgent Need for Anti-Racist Education," published by Education Week. In the article, Christina Torres shares advice on how educators can break down racist beliefs and systems of white supremacy in our classrooms. 
  • A WIN for our kiddos with IEPs! The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued an opinion letter stating parents and guardians are allowed to use the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) intermittently to attend Individual Education Program (IEP) meetings with teachers, school administrators and others. Click here to read the brief by Education Dive. 
  • Looking for books to add to your classroom library? Check out this list of "35 Children's Books That Teach Empathy And Kindness." 
  • Support for the social and emotional development of teens might require a different approach. "Teens need more opportunities to dig deeper—to actively explore who they are, what drives them, and who they want to be in the world." Check out this article published by the Greater Good Magazine. 
Events and Workshops
School Opportunities
  • National Alliance for Public Charter Schools - Program
    The National Alliance and recently launched a partnership to support charter school classrooms. The partnership includes a Charter School Leader Toolkit with exclusive content for charter schools. Click here to learn more and download the toolkit. 
  • Dare to Lead #DaringClassrooms
    Fan of Brené Brown? Check out the Dare to Lead #DaringClassrooms Hub for Educators. Access FREE read-along resources, integration plans, posters, quote cards, learning lab videos, and MORE. 

Student Resources and Opportunities
  • Willamette Week's After School Guide 2019
    Back to school preparation has begun! Check out this helpful guide on after school opportunities. Share this resource with your charter school families. 
  • Summer Reading 
    During the summer months, encourage students and families to read together. The ODE Early Learning Division staff shared some of their favorite books for early learners. Click here to view the suggestions. 
Save the Date

Connect with members, learn about ORC3S initiatives, and gain resources on making 2020 count for Oregon charter schools. Registration COMING SOON. Watch for updates!
Oregon Schools in the News

New school in Lake Oswego will help kids with addictions graduate
A new charter school in the Lake Oswego School District will open its doors on September 3. Harmony Academy is the first recovery high school in Oregon. The school operates on the idea that "addiction doesn’t have to mean the end to education."

“A lot of kids are expressing that they feel like they ruined opportunities or they burned bridges or they're not welcome here, and I want them to see that that's reparable, as long as you're alive, you can change the course of your life,” Principal Sharon Dursi-Martin said.

Click here to learn more and watch the KATU News feature. 

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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!
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