Education Investment Board to discuss next steps in Oregon education system

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The eastern Oregon community is invited to attend a public meeting Jan. 30 with the newly-formed Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB) to discuss the next steps to improve student success in Oregon’s public education system, from pre-kindergarten through college and career readiness.

The community meeting with the OEIB will take place Monday, Jan. 30, at 6:30 p.m. in Pioneer Hall on the Blue Mountain Community College campus in Pendleton. After a brief discussion on the OEIB’s legislative proposals, the community is encouraged to discuss and share thoughts to support student learning in Oregon. The Pendleton High School Swing Choir will also perform to kick off the meeting.

The OEIB was formed as part of Senate Bill 909 in the 2011 Legislative session. The 13-member Board – chaired by Gov. John Kitzhaber – has a goal of streamlining public education with a unified system for investing and delivering public education from early childhood through high school and college so that all Oregonians are well-prepared for careers in our economy. This aligns with the “40/40/20” goals the Legislature adopted in 2011: That by 2025, 40% of Oregonians would earn at least a bachelor’s degree, at least 40% have an associate’s degree or certificate, and the remaining 20% have a high school diploma or the equivalent.

The Board has developed proposed 2012 education legislation to reach this goal. The two main areas of this proposed legislation focus on streamlining and improving early childhood services to help more children arrive in kindergarten ready for school, and the establishment of achievement compacts to move away from the No Child Left Behind federal law and focus all Oregon educational institutions toward the state’s adopted 40/40/20 goal.

Thousands of individuals have already participated in surveys, offered ideas in public testimony and met with representatives of the Governor’s Office around the state. Now local students, educators, parents and community members are invited to attend the community meeting – of which there have been six others around the state – to share their ideas for improved student learning in Oregon.

Dr. Mark Mulvihill – superintendent of the InterMountain Education Service District in Pendleton and the only rural education and Eastern Oregon representative on the OEIB Board – will speak at the Jan. 30 community meeting. Gov. Kitzhaber’s Educational Policy Advisor, Ben Cannon, is expected to attend, as will Tim Nesbitt, project manager for the Oregon Education Investment project at the Governor’s Office. Also expected to attend are OEIB members Hanna Vaandering (Beaverton elementary school PD teacher and Vice President, Oregon Education Association), David Rives (Portland Community College instructor and president of the American Federation of Teachers-Oregon), and Dr. Samuel Henry (Portland State University professor and member of the Oregon Board of Education), as well as Teri Thalhofer (director of North Central Public Health in The Dalles and member of Oregon’s Early Learning Council).


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