Thursday, March 9, 2017

Attend State BOE Meetings and Help Save Our Schools!

One of the most important bodies in education in Oregon is the State Board of Education. Its job is to take education bills that pass the legislature and implement them. It is also responsible for overseeing the State Department of Education.

The Board meets once a month, generally, but not always, in Salem. The public can testify at the beginning of each session which often lasts all day. The public testimony is at the beginning of the meeting which starts about 9:45, but it is a good idea to get their slightly earlier to speak.

Often there are very few people in attendance so testimony can really stand out. Are you irritated about testing, about the longitudinal data base, about the overall approach to education in Oregon, or any other topic – let the people running much of the education in the state know.

P.S. If you are a member of OEA they will cover the substitute cost for up to four members who want to take the day and testify at the State Board.

Our children need you! Have fun!

Here is the link to the Oregon State Board of Education website where you can easily find schedules and locations of meetings, the agendas for the meetings and who is on the state board. Just click on "About Us" and then "State Board of Education"

If you want to go directly to the State Board page then you can just click on this link.