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May 24, 2011

ODE Mandate Relief Bill Headed to the Governor’s Desk

SALEM- Today the Oregon House of Representatives passed the Oregon Department of Education’s mandate relief bill, SB 800 PDF. This bill eliminates or revises 28 outdated or redundant state laws and was proposed by ODE in collaboration with a group of stakeholders including school district administrators and representatives of the Oregon Education Association, the Oregon School Boards Association, the Oregon Association of Education Service Districts, the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators, the American Federation of Teachers, and the Oregon School Employees Association. The House also passed SB 560 which removes the requirement for schools to submit electronic continuous improvement plans every two years and instead requires districts to update plans only if there are substantive changes or if requested by ODE.

“The passage of these bills means that our schools will spend more of their precious resources on instruction and less time and money on unnecessary paperwork,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo. “The removed or amended requirements were outdated and did not result in tangible benefits to student learning. By passing these mandate relief bills, the Legislature is removing unnecessary roadblocks that stood in the way of schools doing their work as effectively and efficiently as possible. Now more than ever, we all need to focus our resources, time, and energy on what truly impacts student success and on preparing our students for graduation, college, and careers. I want to thank the Legislature for their bi-partisan support of this bill and for keeping the focus on what truly matters for our schools – student learning. I look forward to the Governor signing these bills into law and to the burden that will be lifted for our schools and districts. And I look forward to continuing to work with our partners on indentifying outdated or unnecessary requirements for revision or elimination. My hope is that we can continue the good work of mandate relief in the years to come.”

In addition to the mandate relief included in SB 800 and SB 560, the Oregon Department of Education is currently reviewing more than 100 administrative rules and policies with stakeholders for possible amendment or revision to provide further relief and more flexibility to school districts. The Department is also working with partners at the national level to address the long list of mandates from the federal government.

• Audio Clip - Quote from Superintendent Castillo on mandates relief for schools: http://video.orvsd.org/ode/110314-mandates-relief.MP3

Susan Castillo, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Susanne Smith, Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5637

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