By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes
Oregon School Boards Association matters took up much of Tuesday’s Salem-Keizer School Board meeting.
Several legislative policy and priority resolutions were approved, and a director candidate from the North Santiam School District received the board’s vote.
The OSBA’s legislative policy committee has proposed that the association introduce and support legislation in 2015 that would:
• Support student achievement.
• Provide stable and adequate funding.
• Empower local school boards and provide for shared accountability.
• Oppose any federal- or state-imposed mandate that would not lead to increased academic achievement or not be accompanied with necessary funding to implement the mandate.
• Promote capital construction and improvements.
• Provide relief from cost-drivers such as the Public Employees Retirement System, health insurance and any federal- or state-mandated program or service.
State legislative policies that the OSBA committee has approved call for:
• Investing in public schools to ensure adequate and stable funding.
• Reforming tax policy.
• Mandating relief and paperwork reduction for school districts and education service districts.
• Supporting districts through the state Department of Education.
• Financial and program accountability.
• State bonding for district capital and infrastructure needs.
• Programs for school improvement, special education and ESDs in ways that give local school officials maximum flexibility.
• Providing well-rounded and rigorous curricula and increased access to online education.
• Supporting public charter schools.
• Supporting career and technical education.
• Supporting post-secondary opportunities for high school students.
• Increasing local control of collective bargaining and management rights.
• Keeping determination of school employee rights through local bargaining.
• Ensuring that teacher and administrator licensing requirements maintain necessary levels of preparation.
• Supporting local and state programs for teacher and administrator development.
• Continuing the Oregon Education Investment Board under specified conditions.
• Supporting the state Board of Education as the state-level policy-making body for elementary and secondary schools.
• Keeping district governance in the hands of voters.
• Supporting local measures for school safety and student wellness.
The OSBA board candidate receiving Salem-Keizer board support was Tass Morrison of Sublimity, who is running unopposed.
In other business, the board voted to renew the charter of the Jane Goodall Environmental Middle School.