We are Parents and Teachers Together, who are committed to providing quality public education to all of Oregon’s students. We believe parents and teachers want children to succeed, and we hope you’ll join us!

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Current Issues

We are asking today’s students and educators to do more with less. Too much valuable learning time is lost due to budget-shortened school years and class time lost to standardized test prep. Oregon’s persistent education budget shortfalls mean larger classes and limited access to art, P.E., career and technical training. In the absence of school nurses, school receptionists are providing first aid care to our students. And with cut backs in school counselors, teachers and support staff have to put in the role of social service provider. In spite of these challenges Oregon’s students and teachers continue to strive to create a vibrant learning environment.

Every Student Succeeds Act

Oregon has a historic opportunity to build the schools our students deserve. The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act in December 2015 returns decision making about schools, education and learning back to where it belongs — in the hands of the teachers, students, families, and communities our schools serve.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) ends the era of one-size-fits-all approaches to testing, teaching, and school improvement that were the hallmark of No Child Left Behind. Now is the time to seize this opportunity and reshape Oregon’s schools so all students, regardless of zip code, have the supports, tools, and time to learn that they need to succeed.

Creating Success

Oregon Parents and educators know that if we want our children to have the opportunity to get a good job and prosper, then we need to invest in our schools. The reality is that for too long we have been failing our kids. Oregon received a D+ grade for education funding and ranks 39th out of 50 states in per student spending, and 38th in student performance. It’s no surprise that the states that rank the highest on student performance also rank near the top on investing in public schools. We are working together to change this reality.

After years of growing class sizes and shrinking school days it’s time to re-invest in Oregon public schools so students receive the individual attention they need to succeed. We all have a stake in the outcome so it’s up to each of us – family, educators, neighbors, and the community – to stand up for public schools.

Engage and Be Heard

Shaping the classroom experience starts with engaging parents and community in the conversation about how we invest in Oregon schools.

Stay informed and get involved. Oregon students depend on us.

Stand with Us

Oregon educators are carrying a heavy load. Our teachers have long been on the front line of a public education system stretched too thin in too many places. Class sizes have grown while programs like art, music, P.E. have shrunk. Budget and staffing cuts mean that on any given day our educators are forced to play the role of social worker, nurse, or counselor. It’s all too common for teachers to spend out of pocket to get all of the tools they need for their students. Look in each and every school in our state and you will find everyday heroes who find the way to make it work because they care. But our public education system shouldn’t be resting on the backs of heroes alone – we all need to do our share.
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1We believe education policy and decisions about how to improve schools should be guided by those closest to the classroom — teachers, parents, and local school leaders.

2We believe teachers and education support staff should be provided with the training and resources necessary to meet the educational needs of their students.

3We believe parents and teachers want students to do well. When the federal and state governments establish education and testing mandates, they need to provide the resources to help meet the new standards.

4We believe some of the most important things we must do to meet student needs and support meaningful learning include:

• Investing in smaller class sizes

• Restoring P.E., art, and music classes

• Providing every student the tools and resources they need to learn, regardless of zip code

• Engaging parents more fully in their child’s education

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Education policy should be guided by those closest to the classroom – teachers, parents, and local school officials. If we’re serious about every child’s future, let’s get serious about doing what works. This means providing every school the resources to ensure that students have more one-on-one attention, inviting classrooms, and a well-rounded curriculum.

Oregon’s Students Need Us

 

When Oregon’s children succeed, Oregon succeeds. Investing in our children’s education is an investment in our future. Together we can build the quality schools necessary to give every child the opportunity to succeed.

Parents & Teachers Have a Better Way

Oregon students and teachers need a better system of standardized tests that helps guide instruction and improve student learning. To that end, we are working on policy solutions that work for students, parents, and teachers. We are calling on Oregon policymakers to enact the following:

Create a students’ “Assessment Bill of Rights”

• Students are entitled to quality assessments

• Students know purpose of assessments and how results will be used

• Students are entitled to know learning targets that make up assessments

• Students understand difference between good and poor performance on an assessment

• Students are entitled to effective communication of their results

• Ensure student privacy and protection of personal data

• Give parents, students, and teachers timely access to assessment results

• Increase options for parents who want their children to opt out of standardized tests.

Create an educator-led review process of the CCSS to assess developmental appropriateness for students at each grade level and determine any necessary adjustments to the standards.

Provide additional time and resources for teacher and administrator professional development.

Allow local school district flexibility to pilot different approaches to student assessment based on sound assessment practices with an emphasis on teacher-developed classroom assessments that give teachers and students the feedback they need to ensure success in learning.
Remove the school and statewide ratings tied to the Smarter Balanced assessment from the Oregon Report Card until the Smarter Balanced assessment has been proven valid, reliable, and unbiased.

Adopt the new system of assessment that will be proposed by the Oregon Assessment Workgroup, made up of OEA members and other educators from across the state. This system will put the focus on teaching and learning.

Allow time for the proper implementation of Common Core State Standards. Field tests of the Smarter Balanced assessment should be completed to ensure it is an effective tool before moving forward with statewide implementation.

Oregon’s Students Need Us

 

When Oregon’s children succeed, Oregon succeeds. Investing in our children’s education is an investment in our future.

Together we can build the quality schools necessary to give every child the opportunity to succeed.

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A concerned community helps foster strong public schools and provides support to educators and students alike. Get involved!

 

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It all starts with a conversation. When you talk with your friends, colleagues, neighbors, and lawmakers we will all be one step closer to creating the schools our children deserve. Get involved. Fill out the form at right and we will email you a copy of the Parents and Teachers Together toolkit.


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Oregon educators, concerned parents, and involved community members are leading the way to put the focus back on teaching and learning. The information provided on this page will help you engage parents and teachers in your community. Together we can create the schools our students and children deserve.

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