Our work on the ground helps shape our policy direction and advocacy priorities.
- Raising student achievement
- Quality instruction in every classroom
- Providing systemic support for educators throughout their professional careers
- The need to create accountability throughout the education system
- Stable funding for Oregon's K-12 public education system
Summaries of previous legislative agendas
Our priortiy was to support Senate Bill 182. The bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, setting in motion a new statewide strategy to advance the teaching profession. Our funding priority, securing the Network for Quality Teaching and Learning funds, also passed. The biennial budget of $39.5 million will continue to sustain important educator initiatives such as the School District Collaboration Fund and Leading for Learning.
The funding priority was to increase funds for the Network for Quality Teaching and Learning and prioritize funding for the expansion of the School District Collaboaration Fund (state-funded CLASS process); the Oregon Beginning Teacher and Principal Mentoring Program; completion and evaluation of the TeachOregon teacher preparation pilots; and funding for the new Leading for Learning initiative for new and current administrators.
Our policy priorities for 2015 included:
- Senate Bill 83 to improve student teaching experiences by requiring trained cooperating teachers
- Senate BIll 78 to strengthen teacher preparation programs in the state by requiring national accreditation of all programs
- House Bill 2186 to ensure all educators within the public school system (traditional and charter) are evaluated using the same standards
Chalkboard’s top priorities for the session were the School District Collaboration Fund; Oregon Beginning Teacher and Administrator Mentoring Program; New Models of Teacher Preparation; implementation of new performance evaluation systems required by legislation passed in 2011 (SB 290); and the Professional Development Clearinghouse.
HB 3233 created the Network for Quality Teaching & Learning and HB 2506 funded the Network at $33 million. An additional one-time investment of $12.8 million brought the total to nearly $46 million.
Senate Bill 1581 created achievement compacts between educational entities, such as school districts, and the state.
The Oregon Legislature approved the establishment of a School District Collaboration Fund, providing grants to school districts to design and implement teacher-led initiatives that improve student achievement.
The passage of Senate Bill 290 directed the State Board of Education to develop, along with the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission stakeholders, statewide teacher and administrator performance standards.
Funding was approved to continue the Oregon Mentoring Program, with $4.5 million allocated to continue the program.
Chalkboard helped secure $5.07 million in renewed funding for the Oregon Mentoring Program, to continue pairing experienced educators with beginning ones in an effort to raise student achievement and decrease teacher turnover.
Chalkboard supported the passage of SB 443, which secured a professional development clearinghouse for educators, and advocated for cost-effective business review for schools wishing to evaluate their food service, transportation, and financial management.
Chalkboard was successful in helping to: restart and revise the state level mentoring program for new teacher and administrators; call on the Oregon Department of Education to conduct a study of school transportation to look for greater efficiencies; and, implement state level reviews of district business practices in order to identify efficiencies and share best practices.