2011 Oregon Legislative Session
15 bills that passed in the 2011 session – summarized by the Chalkboard Project
SB 290 - This bill will lead Oregon to adopt educator performance standards that will be
incorporated into educator evaluation systems across the state and include multiple
measures of student learning.
The Education Package
1. SB 248 - Requires school districts to offer full-day kindergarten by 2015.
2. SB 250 - Allows school districts to opt out of regional Education Service
3. SB 252 - Establishes the School District Collaboration Grant Program, which will
support teacher-led efforts to design and implement reforms. This provides state
funding directly to districts to build on the success of programs like the CLASS
4. SB 253 - Establishes the 40/40/20 goal - 40% of Oregonians will have bachelor's
degrees or more by 2025, 40% will have some post-secondary education, and
20% will have a high school diploma or its equivalent.
5. SB 453 - Allows more schools to be classified as "remote small elementary
schools," which would increase their state funding.
6. SB 552 - Designates the Governor as State Superintendent of Public Instruction,
who will appoint a Deputy to run the Department of Education. This ends the
Superintendent as an elected position after Susan Castillo's term runs out in
7. SB 909 - The Governor's flagship bill, this establishes the Oregon Education
Investment Board as one streamlined organization, led by the Governor, to
oversee public education from birth through post-secondary schooling. Signed by
the Governor on June 28.
8. HB 2301 - Raises the enrollment caps on virtual charter schools and allows
students to attend these online schools with consent of their home district.
9. HB 3362 - Grants to fund improved career and technical education in middle and
10. HB 3417 - Makes changes to the financial management of charter schools and
requires that charter school students are counted separately from others in
11. HB 3474 - Creates the Educator Preparation Improvement Fund to improve
teacher and administrator preparation.
12. HB 3645 - Allows public universities and community colleges to sponsor nearby
13. HB 3681 - Allows students to enroll in schools outside their district.
14. HB 5055 - Adds $25 million from a reserve fund to the already approved $5.7
billion K-12 public schools budget; also includes $5 million to fund the School
District Collaboration Grant (SB 252).