Oregon Charter School News Weekly

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

Member Spotlight: Four Rivers Community School Students Meet With Governor Brown

This Friday, Governor Kate Brown visited Ontario, OR to share highlights of her budget and policy agenda for the upcoming biennium, including her priorities for health care, housing, and investing in Oregon's education system. 

Students from the Four Rivers Community School had the opportunity to meet with Governor Brown after the forum. The students plan to use the opportunity to write a paper for their Government class at Treasure Valley Community College.

Four Rivers Charter School is a K-12 school in Ontario, OR  dedicated to providing progressive dual-language instruction and whole family education. Students in the Four Rivers Sr. Prep High School Program earn high school credits and take college courses on the campus of Treasure Valley Community College.

Hats off to the Four Rivers Sr. Prep students -- we know that paper you write will be top notch!


Far left: Iris Maria Chávez, ORC3S and far right: John Esa, Redmond Proficiency Academy
ORC3S Visits Washington, DC

This week representatives of the Oregon Coalition of Community Charter Schools traveled to DC to join the Charter Leaders of Color convening of the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools.

Over 50 Charter leaders of color, from 19 states, convened in DC to spend two days sharing challenges and best practices, networking, and meeting with members of Congress to share our stories and advocate for federal support of charter schools. 

Find out what we want members of Congress to know and watch Roland Martin’s interviews with attendees


2019 Legislative Session

Week Six is in the bag! This week we saw a lot of activity: legislative and political. 

This, from the Willamette Week, sums up the week pretty well: “On a day when lawmakers had to battle snow and ice to reach the Capitol, the climate inside the building was only marginally less icy.”

Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) continues to feel the aftershocks of the pending BOLI investigation for allegedly failing to protect women from harassment. Meanwhile, Governor Brown signed SB 608, the tenant protections bill, into law drawing national attention for the historic nature of the legislation. On the House side, the House Health Committee held a public hearing for a bill that would get rid of religious and personal or philosophical exemptions for all vaccines, a move intended to boost the state’s vaccination rate. The bill drew hundreds of opponents from across Oregon for a 3 hour hearing. 

Education news was more tame inside the Capitol this week. The Oregon Department of Education began their weeks long agency budget presentation to the Joint Ways & Means Subcommittee on Education -- this is the 1st step in ODEs budget process. On March 7th, the Subcommittee will hear public testimony on the State School Fund, grant programs, and general ODE budget issues. 

If that all wasn't enough, Tuesday was the deadline for legislators to file bills, which means hundreds of more bills were filed. We are reviewing and flagging bills of interest, so keep an eye out for a updates next week!

Lastly, this week saw the passing of two Republican Secretaries of State - Dennis Richardson and Norma Paulus. The legislature is set to honor Richardson next Wednesday afternoon.

It's not too late to register:
Oregon Charter School Advocacy Day!

Join us on March 18, 2019 for the 1st ORC3S Charter School Advocacy Day in Salem, OR. 

It will be an exciting day where the charter school community - school leaders, teachers, parents, students and community members come together to:

•Learn about the Oregon legislative process,
•Learn best practices on how to be an effective advocate,
•Understand current education bills with impacts on charter schools
•Meet with your  elected officials and share your story about the importance of charter schools,
•Tour the State Capitol,
•Network with other Charter school leaders and advocates from across Oregon

For more information and to register visit: 

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

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