Oregon Legislation 2015

Noteworthy Bills of 2015 that called for support of Afterschool and Summer Learning

HB2650 – Directs State Library to distribute grants to school districts for early reading programs provided during summer. OregonASK is sad to say that after months of work with summer learning partners and state repesentatives, summer learning bill, HB 2650, did not make it out of Joint Ways and Means. We are hopeful for future legislation and will continue our work to support summer learning around the state.

HB2602 – Modifies criteria to qualify for grant to be used to provide instructional time during summer program at qualifying Title 1 schools. Sponsored by Rep Smith Warner

HB2479 – Requires Trustees of State Library to provide annual grants for public library services for youth, with emphasis on underserved youth. Expanding previous Early Learning funds to be used for programs for K-12 youth. At request of Kitzhaber

HB2015 – Directs DHS, in consultation with Early Learning Division and Office of Child Care, to adopt rules for subsidy programs for employment- related child care that, at minimum, provide for one year of eligibility regardless of change in employment, permit students enrolled in coursework and self-employed persons to receive subsidized employment-related child care, and provide for reduced copayments and incentive payments when child care provider meets specified minimum standards under tiered quality rating and improvement system. Sponsored by Rep Kotek & Sen Steiner Hayward

HB2623 – Directs Department of Education to administer pilot program to increase students’ exposure and access to career and technical education. Sponsored by Rep Reardon

HB2624 – Directs Oregon Education Investment Board and Department of Education and Teacher Standards and Practices Commission to advance career and technical education opportunities by fulfilling specified requirements. Directs Oregon Education Investment Board to develop and maintain website related to career and technical education. Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Department of Education for purpose of complying with requirements. Sponsored by Reardon

HB 3511 Establishes Computer Science, Invention, Technology and Engineering Revitalization Grant Program within Department of Education. Sponsored by Rep Komp and Davis

Other Bills to Note

HB2777 – Requires Department of Education and Department of Human Services, in consultation with Early Learning Division and Office of Child Care, to implement and administer program that requires all persons with regular presence at child care facility to take drug test at intervals prescribed by rule, at expense of owner or operator of child care facility.

HB2801 – Directs Department of Education to distribute moneys as strategic investment under Oregon Early Reading Program to nonprofit organizations that provide academically-aligned, evidence-based literacy programs through volunteer mentors who are 50 years of age or older to school districts for purpose of increasing delivery of reading assistance to students in kindergarten through third grade.

SB 674 – CTE Revitalization Grant

HB 3010 – Appropriates Funds for CTE Revitalization

SB 725 – CTE Revitalization programs for both secondary and postsecondary.

SB 664 – Weighted Funding for CTE programs

STEM LICENSURE BILLS:

HB 3166 – TSPC allow persons to teach non-core courses –Bentz, Esquivel, Krieger, Whisnant

HB 3058 – PERS Fix – allows retirees to teach CTE without loss of retirement benefits –Komp

GOVERNANCE BILLS:
SB 112 – CTE Investment Council –Dembrow/Reardon

HB 2406 – Abolish ETIC –GovKitz

HB 2046 – ETIC Effectiveness–Interim Comm Request

HB 2408 – Changes name and administration of CCWD –GovKitz

HB 2728 – Oregon Talent Council –Read

HB 2045 – STEM Study –House Interim HEd

INSTRUCTION BILLS:
HB 2623 – Credit Equivalency Pilot –Reardon

SB 84 – Statewide standards and funding for Accelerated College Credit

APPRENTICESHIP BILLS:
SB 585 – State Apprenticeship and Training Fund

SB 598 – Establishes Task Force on Apprenticeship

HB 2616 – Apprenticeships –Holvey, Reardon

OTHER:
HB 2768 – Loan forgiveness for majoring in STEM –Parrish

SB 529 – Oregon Opportunity Grants provides 25% toward STEM Degrees–Girod

SB 768 – Requires public universities to offer at least one STEM degree costing $15K or less –Olsen

HB 3063 – Provides CC support for underserved students –Gallegos + 26 others

HB 2648 – Outdoor School –Sprenger, Komp, Roblan, Thompson

HB 2766 – Computer Science as a Language Requirement –Parrish

HB 2681 – CC Placement Tests –Komp

HB 2769– Tax Credits for Ed expenses of special needs student –Parrish

HB 2771 – Charter school ADMw –Parrish

HB 2772 – Charter school distribution –Parrish

HB 2773 – Contracts with charter school –Parrish

HB 2774 – No admin license in charter –Parrish