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State Board of Education
Address: 255 Capitol St. NE, Salem 97310-0203
Phone: 503-947-5991
Fax: 503-378-5991

Contact: Jessica Nguyen-Ventura, State Board Coordinator
Statutory Authority: ORS 326.011–326.075

Duties and Responsibilities: he State Board of Education works to ensure that every Oregon public school student has equal access to high quality educational services that promote lifelong learning and that prepare students for their next steps following high school graduation, including college, work and citizenship.

The Legislature created the board in 1951 to oversee the state’s schools. The board sets educational policies and standards for Oregon’s 197 public school districts and 19 educational service districts. All of these agencies have separate governing bodies responsible for transacting business within their jurisdictions. The state board is the body responsible for administrative rules that the Department of Education implements.

The board is comprised of seven members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. Five members represent Oregon’s five congressional districts, and two members represent the state at large. Members serve four-year terms and are limited to two consecutive terms. Board members elect their chair each year. The state board meets at least six times per year, and the public is welcome to attend board meetings.

Fair Dismissal Appeals Board
Address: 255 Capitol St. NE, Salem 97310-0203
Phone: 503-947-5651
Fax: 503-378-5156
Contact: Cindy Hunt, Government and Legal Affairs Manager
Statutory Authority: ORS 342.930

Duties and Responsibilities: The Fair Dismissal Appeals Board (FDAB) consists of 24 members appointed by the governor from specific categories: six public school administrators, six contract teachers, six school board members and six who must have no occupational affiliation with a school district. Each category must be further distributed by size of school district.

FDAB was created to hear appeals of teacher and administrator dismissals by school districts. FDAB is staffed by the superintendent of public instruction through the FDAB executive secretary. Once an appeal is filed with FDAB, a three-member panel is selected by the board’s executive secretary to hear the appeal and render a decision.


Quality Education Commission
Address: 255 Capitol St. NE, Salem 97310-0203
Phone: (503) 947-5670
Fax: 503-378-5156
Contact: Brian Reeder, Assistant Superintendent
Statutory Authority: ORS 327.497–327.506

Duties and Responsibilities: The Quality Education Commission was created by statute in 2001. The commission’s charge is to identify educa­tional best practices and to estimate the level of funding required to ensure that the state system of kindergarten through grade 12 public education meets the goals established in statute. To fulfill that charge, the commission researches educational best practices and estimates the costs of implementing them. The model used to estimate educational costs, known as the Quality Education Model, is maintained by the commission with assistance from the Department of Education. The model has been enhanced and improved since it was first developed in 1999 and represents the most comprehensive tool to estimate the costs of educational improvements in Oregon.


Early Learning Division
Address: 775 Summer Street NE, Suite 300, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-373-0066

Contact: David Mandell, Director
Statutory Authority: ORS 326.425, 417.710, 417.727

Duties and Responsibilities: The mission of the Early Learning Division is to support all of Oregon’s young children and families so they will have opportunities to learn and thrive. The division values equity, integrity and collective wisdom for creating positive impacts for children and families. As part of the 40/40/20 education goal (40 percent of Oregonians earning a baccalaureate degree or higher, 40 percent an associate’s degree or certificate in a skilled occupation and 20 percent a high school diploma or its equivalent) and with a vision for a seamless education system from birth through college, the division was created in 2013 to focus on the future of children.

The division’s work includes supporting safe early learning environments, improving the health and development of young children, ensuring children are entering school ready to learn, helping parents gain access to affordable, quality child care and helping to develop a professional early learning workforce.


Youth Development Division
Address: 255 Capitol St. NE, Salem 97310-0203
Phone: 503-378-6250
Fax: 503-378-5156
Contact: Iris Bell, Director
Statutory Authority: ORS 417.847, 417.850, 417.852–417.854, 417.855

Duties and Responsibilities: The Youth Development Council was created by House Bill 4165 in 2012 and further developed in House Bill 3231 in 2013, with an understanding that, despite existing initiatives to align systems and policies in support of students, there are youths who encounter various forms of adversity throughout their lives. This can be so significant it creates real and detrimental barriers to education and workforce success. To help youths get back on the path to high school graduation, college and/or a career, the Legislature created the council.

The council is tasked with supporting the education system by developing state policy and administering funding to support community and school-based youth development programs, services and initiatives for youths ages six to 24. The council advocates for youths through changes in state law, policy and funding for programs and services that support youth education, career/workforce development and juvenile crime prevention.

Efforts funded through the council are effective evidence, research and practice-based prevention and intervention approaches. These approaches are required to be culturally appropriate, specific to sexual orientation and gender-identity, and must address various barriers to educational and workforce success.


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