Reflections on the 2020 Oregon Legislative Session
Looking ahead to 2021, FBO/Chalkboard Project is committed to rekindling this momentum with a policy agenda that centers children, families, and communities.
With only three out of 305 bills reaching the governor’s desk, no one can be pleased with the way the 2020 legislative session ended.
While political impasse grabbed headlines, Chalkboard Project’s team was meeting with state legislators in Salem, exploring opportunities to collaborate around educator workforce and data issues, and drawing policy connections between Oregon’s early learning, K-12, and post-secondary systems.
We also affirmed that advocacy is done best when working in partnership with community. Throughout the legislative session, we coordinated with over two dozen community-based organizations to ensure that equity remains a driver for policymaking in education. And before the Capitol ground to a halt, legislators heard promising updates about progress implementing the Student Success Act and the Educator Advancement Council.
But after passing last year’s Student Success Act, a historic reinvestment in Oregon’s children and schools, the Legislature missed bipartisan opportunities to build on our momentum toward a more equitable public education system. Looking ahead to 2021, Chalkboard Project is committed to rekindling this momentum with a policy agenda that centers children, families, and communities.
The short legislative session has ended with a failure to answer the calls of youth and community leaders to stand up for racial justice in public education.
New K-12 social studies standards can make learning more engaging, rigorous, and inclusive for all students. Now, the state must help schools prepare.
FBO and the Oregon Partners for Education Justice (OPEJ) are urging lawmakers to invest in professional development for ethnic studies in Oregon.
State lawmakers collaborated with the Oregon Partners for Education Justice to strengthen the Student Success Act and pass equity-driven policy for children.
Oregon must affirm that investment in educational equity is not a luxury or a supplement—it is essential.
Amid the backlash against critical race theory, we need to build shared vision for inclusive schools and learning.
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