The OATAG board developed a set of questions for candidates for Governor. The questionnaires were sent out August 25, 2018 to the three candidates and we informed them that their response to these questions would be shared with parents and teachers across the state. As of 1 October only the Independent Candidate, Patrick Starnes has replied. See his responses HERE
If you are concerned about the lack of funding and services for TAG students now is the time to make your voice heard.
The Oregon Legislature Joint Committee on Student Success is meeting around the state to hear from citizens about their views on public education. Information about the committee, including meeting agendas, is here: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017I1/Committees/JCSS/Overview
This committee is considering how to improve student success and includes making a budget proposal. The success of TAG students in Oregon depends on your participation in this process.
There are two meetings scheduled in April and include an opportunity for public testimony. There is also an option for written testimony for anyone who is unable to attend the meetings.
April 24 – Baker High School
April 25 – Hermiston High School
April 26 – Field trip in Arlington (No public hearing)
We would like to inform you that there will be a hearing for House Bill 2419 in the Oregon House Education Committee on Monday at 3:00 in Hearing Room F.
This billl would fund district services to Talented and Gifted (TAG) students in Oregon.
The funding increases in steps:
Questions can be referred to OATAG's government relations chair, Margaret DeLacy, firstname.lastname@example.org at 503-774-7017.
Please share this information as appropriate.
The Oregon Legislature's Joint Ways and Means Committee has announced Budget Town Halls throughout the state starting this evening in Salem. The schedule for the meeting is below.
Over the past few months, the Directors of the Oregon Association for Talented and Gifted have spent considerable time and effort in overhauling the structure and philosophy of our organization.
OATAG was created in the 1980's. Since that time society has evolved considerably. Social media and the internet now play prominent roles in the lives of most, if not all, Oregonians. It was time for OATAG to evolve and change, and evolve and change we did. The foundation for this change was a complete and total overhaul of the bylaws, which were edited and revised to reflect the changing priorities of twenty-first century families.
There are many new and exciting things to expect in the coming months as OATAG implements this new vision. Here is a partial list of those changes:
Even though OATAG no longer publishes A Different Drummer, our archives may have articles of interest to you. To view those archives of The Drummer, click the OATAG Drive button in the sidebar.
US Department of Education, Javits Grants
Something big is happening in education in Oregon, something that all parents will want to know about - the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). These newly adopted standards in English Language Arts and Math are important for your student's success.
Information on the Oregon Common Core Standards can be found at:
The Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) are the codified body of statutory law governing the State of Oregon, as enacted by the Oregon Legislative Assembly, and occasionally by citizen initiative. The statutes are subordinate to the Oregon Constitution.
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