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State Board of Education
Address: 255 Capitol St. NE, Salem 97310-0203
Phone: 503-947-5637
Fax: 503-378-5156

Email: emily.nazarov@ode.state.or.us
Web: www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=144
Contact: Emily Nazarov, State Board Coordinator
Statutory Authority: ORS 326.011–326.075


Duties and Responsibilities: The Legislature created the State Board of Education in 1951 to oversee the state’s schools and community colleges. The board sets educational policies and standards for Oregon’s 197 public school districts and 20 educational service districts.


The board works to ensure that every Oregon public school student has equal access to high quality educational services that promote lifelong learning and to prepare students for their next steps following high school graduation, including college, work and citizenship.


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.

Fair Dismissal Appeals Board
Address: 255 Capitol St. NE, Salem 97310-0203
Phone: 503-947-5801
Fax: 503-378-5156
Web: www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=3676
Contact: Cindy Hunt, Government and Legal Affairs Manager
Statutory Authority: ORS 342.930


Duties and Responsibilities: The Fair Dismissal Appeals Board (FDAB) was originally created in 1971 when ORS 342.805–342.937 replaced the Teacher Tenure Law. FDAB was created to hear appeals of teacher and administrator dismissals and to provide a uniform statewide system of pre- and post-determination due process for teachers and administrators. It also provides for uniform standards for dismissals.


FDAB consists of 20 members appointed by the governor from specific categories: five public school administrators, five contract teachers, five school board members, and five who must have no occupational affiliation with a school district. Each category must be further distributed by size of school district. Members serve a term of four years and serve at the pleasure of the governor. The board meets annually in October. The meeting is subject to the public meetings law and is open to the public.

 

Quality Education Commission
Address: 255 Capitol St. NE, Salem 97310-0203
Phone: (503) 947-5670
Fax: 503-378-5156
Web: www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=166
Contact: Brian Reeder, Assistant Superintendent
Statutory Authority: ORS 327.497–327.506


Duties and Responsibilities: The 2001 Legislature established the Quality Education Commission to determine educational best practices and the amount of funding needed to meet the state’s quality education goals. The Quality Education Commission 2000 was appointed by Governor John Kitzhaber and State School Superintendent Stan Bunn in November 1999 to validate and refine the Oregon Quality Education Model. The model is helping lawmakers establish the costs of providing the education programs necessary for Oregon’s children to meet educational goals.


The commission is charged with identifying best practices that lead to high student performance in public schools. The commission must also issue a report to the governor and Legislative Assembly by August 1 of each even-numbered year that identifies current practices in the state’s K–12 public schools, costs of continuing those practices, expected student performance under those practices, the best practices for meeting the quality goals, cost for implementing those best practices, the expected student performance under best practices, and two alternatives for meeting the quality goals.

 

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

Email: EarlyLearning.OEIB@state.or.us
Web: http://oregonearlylearning.com
Contact: Megan Irwin, Acting Director
Statutory Authority: ORS 326.425, 417.710, 417.727


Duties and Responsibilities: Under the direction and leadership of the Early Learning System Director and governed by the Early Learning Council, the Early Learning Division (ELD) implements state policies for about 190,300 at-risk children, age zero to six, and their families. ELD works to ensure that all children are ready for kindergarten, are reading at grade-level in third grade, and are raised in stable and attached families, aided by resource and service integration statewide.


Some of the programs ELD oversees include Oregon Pre-Kindergarten, Early Head Start, Head Start, Healthy Families Oregon, Relief Nurseries, and Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System. ELD is also responsible for the redesign of service delivery in Oregon through the Early Learning Hubs. In addition to programs and system redesign, the division oversees the licensing of 4,340 child care providers throughout the state.

 

Youth Development Division
Address: 255 Capitol St. NE, Salem 97310-0203
Phone: 503-378-5129
Fax: 503-378-5156
Web: www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=387
Contact: Iris Bell, Director
Statutory Authority: ORS 417.852–417.854


Duties and Responsibilities: The Legislature established the Youth Development Division within the Department of Education in 2013. The division functions under the direction of the Youth Development Council to oversee a unified system of services to school-age children through youth who are 20 years of age in a manner that supports academic success, reduces criminal involvement, and is integrated, measurable and accountable. The governor appoints the director, who is responsible to the deputy superintendent of public instruction.


The council functions under the direction of the Oregon Education Investment Board. The council consists of no fewer than 15 members who are appointed by the governor. The council prioritizes funding for prevention and intervention services related to gang violence and gang involvement; determines the means by which services to children and youth may be provided effectively and efficiently across multiple programs to improve the academic and social outcomes of children and youth; assesses state programs and services related to youth development and training; and identifies methods by which programs and services may be coordinated or consolidated.

 

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