The Oregon Legislature passed a law called the Student Success Act. This act represents a historic investment in K-12 education. Among other things, it includes dedicated funds for career-technical programs, drop-out prevention, supports for students with severe disabilities, and increased access to preschool programs. In addition to these targeted investments, school districts will also be provided resources to improve outcomes for students based on student needs in each community. These additional resources will be included in the Student Investment Account, which represents about 50% of the total money.
For Salem-Keizer Public Schools, the Student Investment Account will represent approximately $35 million for the 2020-21 school year. These dollars are designated to improving achievement and growth for all students but will be targeted specifically for students of color, students with disabilities, emerging bilingual students, students navigating poverty, and students who are accessing foster care supports.
Since the Student Investment Account will be designed to meet the identified needs of our Salem-Keizer students, feedback from our community is an essential part of the planning process. To accomplish that mission, we formed the SIA Task Force, which includes the following members:
Task Force Members
(Parent) — Co-Chair, Community
(State Drug & Alcohol) — Co-Chair, Community
(Early Learning Hub) — Community
(SKCE/Parent) — Community
(Graduate/Willamette U) — Community
(Cherry City Electric/Parent) — Community
(Parent) — Community
(Salem Leadership Foundation) — Community
(NW Natural/Business) — Community
(Marion Co Child Welfare) — Community
A time for parents and caregivers of students experiencing disabilities to hear from the district about topics relevant to special education services, advise the district on parent views related to those special services and supports, and ask questions of district special education leaders.
Listening Sessions on third Thursday of every month during school year. You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
Salem-Keizer Public Schools is partnering with members in the community to provide a series of learning sessions throughout the 2021-22 school year. These sessions are currently held online
Salem-Keizer Public Schools is partnering with members in the community to provide a series of learning sessions throughout the 2021-22 school year. These sessions are currently held online and are open to the public.
The second Community Learning Session is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, January 31 and will be hosted by Salem-Keizer School Board Chair Osvaldo Avila and SKPS Director of Student Equity, Access and Advancement Cynthia Richardson.
The online-only session includes an interactive presentation celebrating Black history in our state. Panelists include McKay Senior Grace Caldwell, who also serves as the student advisor to the school board, Oregon State Senator Lew Frederick, Oregon Black Pioneers President Willie Richardson and Gwen Carr who served on the board of the Oregon Black Pioneers for close to 20 years.
The event will be hosted on Zoom and will run from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with time for questions from attendees.
American sign language interpretation will be available. Please use the registration form to make a request for language interpretation.
The Salem-Keizer Public Schools Native Education Program will hold its annual public hearing on Monday, January 31, 2022, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. The meeting will take place virtually.
We will review the current year’s program, provide information on program performance, and discuss next year’s Title VI grant application. We will also provide an opportunity for attendees to offer comments, openly discuss issues and communicate and clarify the needs of students.
Public Hearing Item: Title VI Native Education Program
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