On June 30, the Oregon State Legislature adjourned the 2019 legislative session. During the long session, legislators considered bills that allocated new funding for K-12 education, addressed rent control, banned grocery stores and restaurants from using disposable plastic bags, created a new paid family medical leave policy, and many other issues.
We need your help! The Oregon State Legislature’s Joint Committee on Student Success just approved its education funding bill, HB 3427A, and it denies virtual public schools the opportunity to apply for grant money to support students attending Oregon’s virtual public schools. Perhaps most troubling, it will directly impact those students most in need.
I'm resending this message to you because I hope you will respond and consider testifying at the House Education Committee hearing on Monday, March 25. Legislation has been introduced which would restrict the way that online public schools are allowed to advertise and promote their schools. And that's just not fair.
I have an important question for you: How did you hear about your virtual public school? Was it through a friend or family member? Did you learn about it by doing some online research? Did you receive information in the mail or did you see an ad on TV?
Dear Oregon Virtual Public Schools Alliance Family,
If you’re interested in a fun and engaging way to teach your children about how the government works and show your support for virtual public education, I hope you’ll join me – along with many other students and parents -- for Virtual Schools Capitol Day on Wednesday, March 13 at the State Capitol Building in Salem. Click here to register now!
Virtual Schools Capitol Day is an opportunity to thank legislative champions, show support for virtual public schools and talk to our legislators about protecting this important education option. Students will have the opportunity to participate in educational activities and visit state legislators. Never met with a legislator? No problem! We’ll walk you through how it’s done.
Please make sure your voice is heard in the halls of the Capitol. This is a unique opportunity, and I hope you will attend Virtual Schools Capitol Day on Wednesday, March 13. Please register today!
Here is the agenda for the day:
9:30am - Registration at the Mission Mill Museum
1313 Mill St., SE, Salem (2 blocks from the State Capitol Building - free on-site parking available)
10:00am - Welcome
10:15am - Legislative Update
10:30am - Fun and interactive educational activity for students
11:30am - Lunch
12:15pm - Walk to the Capitol
12:30pm - Virtual Schools Rally on the Capitol steps
1:00pm - Legislator visits
Thank you for all your hard work and support on behalf of our schools. I look forward to seeing you in Salem on March 13!
Parent to Jordan - 10th grade, Baker Web Academy
Michaela - 8th grade, Baker Web Academy
Zach - 4th grade, Baker Web Academy
During this season of gratitude, I'm grateful that my children have the opportunity to attend a virtual public school. This education option has been a good fit for our family. My children thrive in this school setting, and they have been able to learn at a pace that suits their needs.
Those who have supported our efforts over the years know that it is elected state officials who will ultimately decide whether or not our virtual public schools survive and thrive here in Oregon.
Welcome back to school! This is an exciting time for students and parents as the 2018-2019 school year is fully under way. My name is Debbie Thibodeaux, President of the Oregon Virtual Public Schools Alliance (OVPSA) and learning coach to my own three children, ages 9, 14 and 16. OVPSA is a coalition of Oregon virtual public school families and supporters dedicated to the long-term viability of virtual public schools in our state.
Dear Virtual School Parent,
On Tuesday, June 5 at 7:00pm, the will be holding a hearing at Pawlowski Athletic Center at Central Medford High School. The Committee will be traveling around the state to hear from students, parents, teachers and administrators. They will explore the best practices in schools around Oregon and develop recommendations to address the gaps that are limiting student success.
It is vitally important that virtual public schools are part of this debate. As a virtual public school family, would you be willing to testify at this hearing to let our state leaders know why a virtual public school is the right fit for your family?
Please see the hearing details below:
Joint Legislative Committee on Student Success
Tuesday, June 5
7:00pm – public hearing
6:30pm – witness registration
Pawlowski Athletic Center
Central Medford High School
815 South Oakdale Ave.
The virtual school parent voice must be heard in the debate surrounding education in our state. Are you willing to be that voice? Please respond to email@example.com if you are interested in testifying at the June 5th hearing in Medford.
Thank you for your consideration of this urgent need.
Parent to Jordan - 9th grade, Baker Web Academy
Michaela - 7th grade, Baker Web Academy
Zach - 3rd grade, Baker Academy
On Wednesday, April 25 at 7:00pm, the Joint Legislative Committee on Student Success will be holding a hearing at Hermiston High School in Hermiston. The Committee will be traveling around the state to hear from students, parents, teachers and administrators. They will explore the best practices in schools around Oregon and develop recommendations to address the gaps that are limiting student success.
On Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00pm, the Joint Legislative Committee on Student Success will be holding a hearing at Baker High School in Baker City. The Committee will be traveling around the state to hear from students, parents, teachers and administrators. They will explore the best practices in schools around Oregon and develop recommendations to address the gaps that are limiting student success.
On Thursday, March 22 at 7:00pm, the Joint Legislative Committee on Student Success will be holding a hearing at Sheldon High School in Eugene. The Committee will be traveling around the state to hear from students, parents, teachers and administrators. They will explore the best practices in schools around Oregon and develop recommendations to address the gaps that are limiting student success.
Last week, over 300 virtual school students, parents, teachers, administrators and supporters gathered at the State Capitol in Salem to participate in the 10th Annual Virtual Public Schools Capitol Day and show their enthusiastic support for virtual public education. During the day, they
We are trying to gather some information for a fun and educational Capitol Day activity. Will you please take a few minutes to fill out our questionnaire? Each student in your household can complete a questionnaire.
hope this newsletter finds you well and enjoying Winter Break.
We need your help on a quick project. As many virtual public school families know, changing the perception of virtual public school classrooms is one of the more difficult parts of what we do. Allowing families to provide their children with the best learning environment for them is what drives us in our pursuit of a robust and widely supported virtual public school system. Unfortunately, we still have a ways to go towards educating many policymakers who do not know about the existence and benefits of online learning for families across the state.
In 2009 a group of virtual school families gathered on the steps of the State Capitol in Salem to demonstrate their support for virtual public education. Now in its 10th year, Virtual Public Schools Capitol Day continues to give families - like yours! - an opportunity to tell their legislators why virtual public education is an important option for so many Oregon students.
The Oregon Virtual Public Schools Alliance invites you to join us for a time of fun and learning at the Gilbert House Children’s Museum on Wednesday, October 18 – at no charge! This is an opportunity to meet other virtual school parents and students and enjoy an educational day at the museum.
This week we start a new school year! As a virtual public school parent and learning coach, I have watched my children prepare for the new year. They have bought back to school supplies and a few clothes, set up their schedules for the new year, and already started peeking through their new textbooks.
The State Legislature adjourned the 2017 legislative session on Friday, July 7. During the long session, the legislature considered several bills related to virtual public education. While most didn’t make it through the legislative process, there were two bills of note that were considered by the full House and Senate.
Thank you for responding to our request to contact your legislators on two important bills relating to virtual public education. HB2898 would take into account individual student progress toward graduation and HB2720, would create a ‘study’ to evaluate virtual public schools.