Policy Updates
OregonASK Day at the Capitol
Make your voice heard!

Join us on Tuesday, May 2nd in Salem to share with your local legislators why afterschool matters to you. 

Summer Learning in Oregon

House Bill 3191 has been recommended to the Ways and Means Committee with a recommended "Do pass with amendments". The bill directs the Department of Education to administer a pilot program to offer summer education to targeted elementary schools, as well as creating a summer learning fund for easy distribution in the future. This is the first step in the right direction, though we know without significant changes in our state revenue, it is unlikely to make it through this session. Keep an eye out for more updates and make sure to read distribute the Smart Summers Report that outlines recommendations for moving summer learning forward in Oregon. 

CLICK HERE to find the Smart Summers Report, created by the House Education Committee's Summer Learning Work Group.
Federal Activity and Summer Learning

In the 115th Congress, several pieces of legislation with supports for summer opportunities are in process:
The Federal Budget Battle:
  • With the FY2017 budget resolution set to expire at the end of April, Congress is furiously working on an omnibus budget bill to fund the rest of this fiscal year. The House version of this budget maintains 21st Century Community Learning Center funding at current levels, while the Senate version offers a 10 percent cut.
  • Negotiations are beginning on the FY2018 budget, with President Trump's budget blueprint proposing to eliminate the 21st Century Community Learning Center program and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), two critical resources for summer and afterschool programs. Though this proposal is only a blueprint, we expect a long battle ahead. Check out the Executive Director of STEM Next's opinions on the Trump Budget Blueprint, and one former Americorps VISTA's thoughts on the proposed cuts to CNCS
Staying Up to Date with State and Federal Policy

We know how important it is to stay up-to-date on current legislation and encourage those of you who are interested to know more about the happenings in Salem and D.C. to follow bills directly from the  Oregon State Legislature, Congress.govor contact  James Barta  to get weekly updates from Children First about a plethora of child related issues. 

Here is a Federal Update put together by United for Kids about where we stand during the spring congressional recess. 
Upcoming Webinars

OregonASK is hosting a series of webinars this spring about federal policy surrounding the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and 21CCLC. Join us for these conversations if you can, or find recordings afterwards here. 

ESSA and Informal STEM Policy Opportunities
April 26th 10:30-11:30 PST, register here
You will hear national policy updates from the Afterschool Alliance as we discuss the state and national opportunities to integrate informal STEM within ESSA implementation. We will be sharing updated policy information from the state and national level, including budget outlook. 
Take Individual Action

You can make a difference.  Call on congress to  protect funding for afterschool and summer learning programs. Need help finding your legislators? Click HERE. Need talking points to support your own stories of afterschool? HERE is evidence showing that Afterschool Works. 
Thank you for your support of afterschool in Oregon and across the nation.

Beth Unverzagt, Executive Director
(503)689-1656
(503)689-1656 | general@oregonask.org | www.oregonask.org
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