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:
Congress is turning attention next to additional bills with interest to summer learning advocates, including reauthorizations of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, the Higher Education Act and child nutrition programs including the Summer Food Service Program. Versions of these bills introduced in the 114th Congress have important implications for summer learning and other summer opportunities, and we'll keep you updated as things progress in the new Congress.
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.
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,
or contact James Bartato get weekly updates from Children First about a plethora of child related issues.
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.
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.
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