We Really Need to Hear From You; Special Session; and Committee Administrative Days

Roblan State
Arnie and BSW


By Senator Arnie Roblan and Representative Barbara Smith Warner

For many years, the Oregon educational system did a fine job of preparing the state’s youth to be productive members of society and to find their places in the job market.  But few would argue that our schools today could do more to prepare students for the fast-paced changes in our society and our economy.  We can do better to help our young people maximize their potential for success in school and in life. 

How well our schools perform impacts everyone…students, parents, teachers, employers… even people who have no children.  They impact everything…our graduation rates, our crime statistics, our economic growth rates.  The health of our educational system is directly related to every aspect of the quality of life of every citizen in our State.

That is why the members of the Oregon Legislature’s Committee on Student Success are touring the State, inviting people in our towns and cities, in all our rural and urban communities, to come to our meetings to share with us their experiences with our primary schools, middle schools, high schools, community colleges, and universities.  Our goals are to learn what is working well in our schools, what is not working the way it should, and to hear from those on the front lines how we can make things better.

Here is a list of our up-coming meetings:

  • Thursday, May 24 – French Prairie Middle School Gymnasium, 7:00PM
  • Tuesday, June 5 – Pawlowski Athletic Center at Central High School, Medford, 7:00PM
  • Monday, June 11 – Arts & Communication Magnet Academy Auditorium, Beaverton, 7:00PM
  • Thursday, September 13 – Ridgeview High School, Redmond, 7:00PM
  • Thursday, September 27 – President James Madison High School Auditorium, Portland, 7:00PM
  • Wednesday, October 10 – Marshfield High School Auditorium, Coos Bay, 7:00PM

Find a meeting that is close to you, come out and help us to make Oregon’s school’s more effective.  We really need your input.  This is a chance to do something meaningful for schools in your area.  You can share your ideas about funding levels, individual programs that are working well, programs that need to be improved, programs that do not exist that need to be initiated, problems with curricula, the length of the school year, school staffing, extracurricular activities, the quality of facilities.  

Because we want everyone to get a chance to speak, there will be a limit on the amount of time each speaker will have; but there will be no restrictions on the educational topics that can be discussed.  And everyone can submit their ideas in writing if they prefer.  But what is important is that everyone’s voice is heard.   

Please do not underestimate the importance of what you have to contribute.  Whether you are a student, a parent, a teacher, an employer, a retiree, a policeman, a gardener…whether you were born in Oregon or you moved here from elsewhere…the schools in your community are your schools.  We know that the quality of education is not uniform across the State.  That is why we need concerned Oregonians to be advocates for their schools.  We need to hear your voices. 

This is a unique opportunity, for us as legislators and for you as citizens; because together we can do this.  Together we can identify the problems that need to be solved, the changes that need to be made and the priorities that need to be tackled first.  

We look forward to seeing you at one of our many community meetings.  Our Committee members will stay long into the night if necessary to ensure that everyone who wants to speak is heard because nothing is more important to the future of this State than the education of our children. 



Special Session and Legislative Days Convening

The Legislature convenes this week for Special Session and Committee Administrative days - today, Monday, May 21st through Thursday, May 24th.  As you are likely aware, during Legislative Days, Committees provide an opportunity for informational hearings on topics that could lead to legislation in upcoming sessions, hear updates on implementations of past legislation and reports from state agencies, convene Task Forces meetings and possible confirmation of the Governor's executive appointments. 

Governor Kate Brown has also called for a convening of the Legislature, within the interim legislative days, to expand the availability of elective reduced personal income tax rate for certain pass-through income to taxpayers doing business as sole proprietors. The measure would apply to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2018.

Special Session Details - Starting May 21:

Committees are scheduled to hold informational hearings on topics that could lead to legislation in the 2019 sessions and keep current on the subject areas which affect Oregonians.  

Legislative Days Details - May 21-24: