The Children’s Agenda is a cumulative look at children’s issues in Oregon from pro-child advocacy organizations and coalitions. Participants in the Children’s Agenda contribute their policy recommendations and offer their endorsement to other policy proposals in the Agenda. While no single group supports all of the priorities in the Agenda, we are United for Kids and remain committed to working together to achieve a clear and united voice for Oregon’s children.
Noteworthy Bills that called for support of Afterschool and Summer Learning
HB 3191 – Supporting Summer Learning Pilot Program & creation of Summer Learning Fund
SB 123– Children’s Special District bill would allow signatures to be gathered so citizens can vote to establish children’s special districts in Oregon. These districts could be formed anywhere in the state that citizens come together and agree on boundaries for the district; e.g., a county, a city, or a new area.
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
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
HB 2623 – Credit Equivalency Pilot –Reardon
SB 84 – Statewide standards and funding for Accelerated College Credit
SB 585 – State Apprenticeship and Training Fund
SB 598 – Establishes Task Force on Apprenticeship
HB 2616 – Apprenticeships –Holvey, Reardon
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