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2019 Chalkboard Project Legislative Session

Educator Advancement Council
In coalition, the Chalkboard Project continued its focus on supporting educators statewide by advocating for nearly $40 million for the Educator Advancement Council (EAC).

In partnership, the Chalkboard Project also helped advocate for a number of other priorities including:

Early Learning Equity Fund
House Bill 2897 invests $10 million in an Early Childhood Equity Fund to support culturally specific early learning, early childhood, and parent support programs across the state.

American Indian/Alaska Native Plan
The Legislature supported Senate Bill 14, which provides $3.2 million to fund Oregon’s American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Education State Plan. The bill also directs the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to consult with the AI/AN advisory group regarding development and implementation of the plan and grant.

African American and Black Student Success
The Legislature continued funding for the African American and Black Student Success plan, giving $12 million in grants to organizations providing equitable, culturally responsive supports for Oregon’s African American and Black students throughout our education system—from early learning through post-secondary.

Latino Student Success Plan
House Bill 2440 directs ODE to create an advisory committee comprised of community stakeholders and education administrators to create a statewide education plan to support Latino student success, from early childhood through post-secondary.

Other Key 2019 Legislation

Student Success Act
Chalkboard Project was thrilled to support the investments in the historic Student Success Act. The Student Success Act creates a dedicated business tax that will generate approximately $2 billion each biennium for early childhood and K-12 education. The Act aims to reduce disparities in our education system by focusing funds on those children and students who our system has historically struggled to serve, such as children of color, non-native English speakers, students with disabilities, and those living in poverty. Chalkboard Project will continue to support and monitor the implementation of the Act, and help ensure Oregon communities are engaged in the process. Learn more here.

Inclusive Educational Materials
House Bill 2023 directs the State Board of Education to adopt textbooks and instructional materials that address the contributions and roles of Native Americans, Americans of African, Asian, Pacific Island, Chicano, Latino or Middle Eastern descent, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, refugees and individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, to the economic, political and social development of Oregon and the United States of America. It also directs ODE to provide professional development to teachers and administrators on ethnic studies standards.

Our Previous Legislative Agendas

Learn more about our past agendas here.