The Governor's nominees to the Oregon Education Investment Board are scheduled for Senate confirmation on Nov. 18. Until their confirmation, nominees are joining the Governor on a Senate Bill 909 work group. After confirmation they will meet as the OEIB.
UPCOMING MEETINGS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Nov. 10, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (2 separate meetings in Portland - locations listed below)
Nov. 21, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Portland)
Dec. 7, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Portland)
The work group has established executive work teams, that include other invited members. The work team meetings may be held in conjunction with the full work group, on the above dates. They will also schedule separate meetings, which will be noted in advance on the link at the bottom of the page.
Conf. Room 1, Suite 205, World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon St. Portland, OR 97204
Notice from Deb Mayer from "Oregon Save Our Schools"
This is what they are up to: They are redesigning the entire education system for the state. A council called Learn Works has orchestrated this plan which is a rehash of a plan conceived 20 years ago with original funding from the B & M Gates Foundation. Most of the 30 member Learn Works team are from the business community. There are no parent or student groups represented and educators are only minimally represented. The plan is to ditch the Superintendent of Education and put a CEO in charge who, the counsel advises should not be an educator but a business person instead, will design for Oregon a "Cradle to Career" system that taxpayers will fund. The language of Learn Works is scary and similar to ALEC legislation being passed in other states. More testing of students, more accountability, do more with less, etc. They plan to apply for the NCLB waiver which is a bad idea -- California estimated the waiver will cost their state $3.1 billion. Learn Works has developed no budget for the waiver or their new plan.
The Governor, (our Democratic Governor!), plans to rush this into law without public discussion or debate. Our group, Oregon Save Our Schools, thinks the public has a right to know about the future the governor's office is planning for us all. Students, parents, and educators should have a voice in this monumental decision. We are demanding that the Learn Works committee be transparent, allow public to know what they are up to and slow the process down.
We have asked the Oregonian and other media to report about the plan. No media has been at any of the meetings that our group has attended -- since September.
The next two meetings will be Thursday, Nov. 10, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Since they are open to the public. I would like to invite [[[Occupy Portland]] to attend.
The morning meeting is at the Waterfront Marriott. It will be warm inside, but you may have to sit on the floor as you listen to your future being decided for you. The afternoon meeting is at the World Trade Center. You can see from the agenda below that "Invited Testimony" is scheduled, but public testimony is not. Both meetings are only blocks away from Occupy. So . . .
I'm sharing my invitation with Occupy Portland to attend the public meetings on education reform.
Bring a sign. Bring cameras and video recorders. Bring the media.
This is your education and career we're talking about. Make your voice heard. Their may be the need for a mic check.