Oregon Federation of Independent Schools

Fall 2017 Newsletter

Posted by marksi on August 1, 2014 with No Comments

Greetings from the Oregon Federation of Independent Schools (OFIS)

1) Remember that Tuesday, October 3, is our big FALL KICKOFF MEETING, from 9:00 AM TO 2:00 PM, at the Seventh Day Adventist Conference Center in Gladstone.

Agenda includes –
Tim Bazemore, Catlin Gabel – Exciting Mastery Transcript Consortium News
Russ Sweet, Interim ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Ombudsman, Or Dept of Ed
Elizabeth Keller, Director of Licensure, Teacher Standards and Practices Commission
Stacy de Assis Matthews, Immunization School Law Coordinator, Public Health Division
Peter Weber, Executive Director, OSAA (Oregon School Activities Association)
John Valley, Outreach Dir. Oregon College Savings Plan (529)
AdvancED Update – Learn About the New Accreditation Process
Federal and Oregon Legislative and Legal Update
Special Briefing – Thinking About The Future of Private Education
National Private School Trends – Nationally private school enrollment is dropping. What do you need to know? What can Oregon private schools do to avoid this national trend.

Lunch $10 – Free for all OFIS members. OFIS membership forms available at the meeting.

Please RSVP – Gayla Rogers at 503.850.3546 by September 26, 2017.

Directions to Seventh-Day Adventist Headquarters (19800 Oatfield Rd, Gladstone)

205 Heading South Take exit 11, keep in the right exit lane, turn right at light (82nd), and turn right onto Oatfield Road. Take the first right into the Conference campus and bear right toward the bookstore which shares the parking lot with the Administration Building.

205 Heading North Take exit 11, turn left at the exit ramp light (82nd) and turn right at second light onto Oatfield Road. Take first right into the Conference campus and bear right toward the bookstore which shares the parking lot with the Administration Building.

2) Why Join OFIS – An Open Letter from volunteer Executive Director Mark Siegel

Schools ask, “Why should our school join OFIS?” Because OFIS is the voice of Oregon’s private schools! OFIS works to maintain the widest range of educational options for Oregon families and to allow Oregon private schools to operate as free from government interference as possible. To be effective, it is vital that OFIS represents as many Oregon private schools as possible. That is why all Oregon private schools should be OFIS members.

Serving as the volunteer Executive Director keeps me very busy. I take calls from parents seeking information about private schools. I field questions from private schools and people wanting to start private schools. I take calls from people who want to interact with private schools, and from the news media and government agencies when they need information about Oregon’s private schools.

I meet regularly with Salam Noor (Deputy Superintendent of the Oregon Dept of Ed) to discuss private school and general education issues. I meet with Russ Sweet, Private School Ombudsman in the Oregon Dept Ed about the Every Student Succeeds Act’s provisions for private school involvement, and I serve on the Private School Partnership Advisory Committee. I meet with other government officials as well as education and business groups on behalf of Oregon’s private schools.

I track proposed Oregon legislation, send members legislative alerts and testify as needed. I monitor the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission’s work, I serve on the Oregon Health Authority’s Immunization School/Children’s Facility/College Law Advisory Committee, and I work with OSAA on private school matters. I monitor federal legislation and the work of the US Dept of Ed. This is my 24th year of service on the Board of the Council for American Private Education in Washington, DC, and I travel to DC twice each year to work with top national private school leaders, Congress and the US Department of Education. I will serve on a panel at the US Dept of Ed’s Invitational Private School Leadership Conference in September.

At the request of OFIS, Governor Brown declared February 2, 2017 as Oregon Private Schools Appreciation Day and we will ask her to do this again next February. Copies of her proclamation can be downloaded from the OFIS website (ofisweb.org).

Oregon private schools work hard every day to provide their students and families with a wide range of education options. OFIS works diligently so that all Oregon private schools can operate free of government interference. In 1925 the United States Supreme Court declared in the Pierce Case:

“The fundamental theory of liberty…excludes any general power of the State to standardize its children by forcing them to accept instruction from public teachers only. The child is not the mere creature of the State; those who nurture him and direct his destiny have the right, coupled with the high duty, to recognize and prepare him for additional obligations

Why join OFIS? So OFIS can say it represents all of Oregon’s private schools, and so all Oregon private schools operate as free from government interference and regulation as possible. We ask that all Oregon private schools join OFIS each year so that we can show our strength and diversity as we do our work. Please join OFIS today!

3) Join OFIS today! It’s easy! Just go to OFISWEB.ORG and join online!

The 2017-2018 OFIS Membership year began July 1. Join OFIS or renew your OFIS membership. Go to ofisweb.org. Pay your membership online, or download the membership application.

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    19800 Oatfield Road
    Gladstone, OR 97027
    (503) 850-3546


    **Executive Director (volunteer)
    Mark Siegel
    The Delphian School
    20950 SW Rock Creek Road
    Sheridan, OR 97378


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