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Now available! The 2015 Legislative Session has wrapped; check out the results from this session and read about OEA's highlights on the priorities below. Download the 2015 Legislative Session + Report Card (pdf).
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OEA's Priorities This Session
Strengthen Public Education
- Community College Budget: Return to pre-recession funding levels for community colleges.
- K-12 Budget Roll-Up: Maintain post-recession investments in public education to avoid teacher layoffs or cuts to school days and hours.
- Allotment Cut Equity: Require that when across-the-board allotment cuts occur to services on which Oregonians rely, tax expenditures are cut by the same percentage.
Maximize Student Learning
- Student Assessment Bill of Rights: Ensure that parents and students are informed about statewide standardized summative assessments and how the results will be used; expands parents’ right to opt students out.
- Moratorium on the Use of High-Stakes Assessments: Remove the “high-stakes” from statewide summative assessments to better promote student learning. Prohibit using results to rate schools or evaluate educators; create a work group to evaluate the effectiveness of the Smarter Balanced Assessment.
- English Language Learner Student Success: Improve opportunities for English language learners to succeed in public schools by expanding the resources available and broadening the options for demonstrating English language proficiency.
- Professional Educator Engagement and Influence in Education Policy: Ensure that professional educators are represented on all boards and commissions that set state education policy to support student success.
- Accelerated Learning That Best Serves Students: Ensure dual credit and accelerated learning programs give high school students an accurate and meaningful college experience.
Respect the Rights of School Employees
- “Upskirting” Ban: Close a loophole in Oregon law by making it a crime to take an image of a person’s intimate areas without consent, and to circulate it.
- Public Contracting Transparency: Create greater transparency of contracting costs as public agencies bid on work and provide worker protections.
- Full Time Equivalency: Allow community college faculty who work part time at multiple institutions to qualify for health care benefits.
Building a Better Community
- Motor Voter Expansion: Allow Oregonians of legal voting age who obtain a driver’s license at the DMV to be simultaneously registered to vote.
- Health Care Rate and Reimbursement Reform: Create a Health Care Rate Review Board that will help ensure appropriate reimbursement rates by health care providers.
- Paid Sick Leave: Allow all Oregon workers access to paid sick time to heal from illness or injury or to care for a sick family member.
- Raise the Minimum Wage: OEA joins a broad coalition advocating for a significant increase in the minimum wage.
Download OEA's Priorities Walk Card.
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Use OEA's online Action Center to send a message to your House and Senate legislators on the education topics that matter to you!
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