Oregon Charter School News Weekly

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

Lobby Day & Legislative Session

Revenue conversations ramped up this week as the respective Senate and House Revenue Chairs (Sen. Mark Hass and Rep. Nancy Nathanson) sent a letter to Oregon Business and Industry (OBI) highlighting their intent to raise $2 billion in revenue for the next biennium. The Co-chairs invited OBI to be part of the revenue raising conversation. OBI's response: we’re not interested in being at the table if the conversation doesn’t include a plan for cost containment for PERS.

Representatives from ORC3S met with approximately 50 legislators on the lobby day Monday, March 18th. Advocates met with legislators to discuss key issues of concern to charter schools and part of the ORC3S Advocacy Agenda: State school fund number; School Improvement Fund access for charter school; PERS Reform; Instructional hours flexibilities. The day culminated in a reception with legislators and an opportunity for school advocates to mix and mingle. Follow us on Facebook to stay in the know about future events. 

Pictured above: Cannon Beach Academy Teacher Ryan Hull (left), Director Amy Fredrickson (second from left), and their third-grade students meet with State House Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell in Salem on Monday, Mach 18th.
Educator Resources

Programs, Policy, and Research
  • Oregon schools will soon be in testing mode. This heightened environment can cause test anxiety for some students. Check out this article for helpful information and tips from educational experts on how you can support your students.
  • New research from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child at Harvard University examines children's motivation systems. The research provides valuable insight on ways to build healthy motivation. Click here to read.
  • Take a listen to the Oregon School Board Association's podcast - OSBA Sounding Boards. In the most recent episode Rep. Barbara Smith Warner shares the legislators' intent on education funding.  
  • Ensure that the school library reflects your school's values in diversity and equity. This article provides guidance on how to prioritize diversity in your library's collection.  
  • Recent research gives parents and teachers a greater understanding of how to encourage children to value honesty. Click here to read the suggestions.

Events and Workshops
School Opportunities
  • Teaching Tolerance Educator Grants
    Teaching Tolerance Educator Grants support educators who embrace and embed anti-bias principles throughout their schools. These grants, ranging from $500-$10,000, support projects that promote affirming school climates and educate youth to thrive in a diverse democracy. The grants fund projects on three levels: school, classroom and district. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Click here to learn more. 
  • 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 and Opportunities
  • #StopBullyingSpeakUp Writing Challenge
    Presented in partnership with 826 Digital and Cartoon Network, one lucky student's kindness story will be selected to be on TV! Educators can order the book-making kit for their classroom by April 5. For more information on the anti-bullying challenge, click here.  
  • Capitol Shadow Day
    The student Capitol shadow opportunity provides students with the unique opportunity to “shadow” the Oregon Coalition of Community Charter Schools (ORC3S) lobbyist, gaining insight into the legislative process and experiencing a day in the life of education advocacy organizations while in session at the Capitol. Selected students will travel to Salem, have the opportunity to meet with their elected representatives, other lobbyists/advocates, and watch Oregon Senate and House floor sessions.Visit this page for more details. 
Oregon Schools in the News

Cannon Beach Academy at the State Capitol
Students from Cannon Beach Academy were recently recognized for their advocacy efforts in an article by Cannon Beach Gazzette.

“We wanted to get the children involved in advocating for their own education,” Academy Director Amy Fredrickson said.

In addition to writing letters to their representatives, the third-graders joined the Oregon Coalition of Community Charter Schools for Lobby Day on March 18. Thank you, Cannon Beach Academy for joining us as civic superstars! You make a difference! 

Click here to read the article. 

Culturally Inclusive Indigenous Curriculum For Oregon Schools 
Following Senate Bill 13, the culturally inclusive and relevant curriculum is expected to be ready for schools this summer.

“I feel hopeful that this curriculum will afford Native children and communities and nations the respect and dignity that I think they deserve that I think their knowledge systems and histories deserve," University of Oregon Assistant Professor Leilani Sabzalian said.

Sabzalian serves on the advisory council for Senate Bill 13 and studies Indigenous Education in public schools. The Oregon Department of Education chose Education Northwest to create and distribute the curriculum. Click here to read more. 
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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