Oregonian OpEd by Education Policy Chair Kathy Swift

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Anti-test parents are opting children out of opportunity

By Kathy Swift

Almost every state in the country, including Oregon, has adopted higher standards for what students need to know and be able to do as they move through school. With tougher educational standards came tougher tests to measure students’ progress. These end-of-year tests in English and math – called Smarter Balanced – have been a source of contention and confusion amongst Oregon parents and community members since the testing window opened this ...

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Welcome New Board Members!

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OBA’s Board of Directors elected three new members at its quarterly meeting May 13. We thank them for joining our hardworking board and their commitment to helping us with our mission to shape Oregon’s economy.

 

  • Jack Isselman, Greenbrier Companies, VP, External Affairs & Communications

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Oregon PERS Court Case Decision Issued: Huge blow to schools, colleges & universities

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We’re disappointed to report this morning that the Oregon Supreme Court has issued a negative decision in a court case seeking to reverse PERS reforms established by the legislature during a special session in October 2013.

The Court’s ruling will reverse MUCH of the reforms, which will have a devastating impact on schools, municipalities, fire districts, and state agencies that participate in PERS.

The decision this morning is a major blow to our schools, colleges and universities. Oregon was back on track ...

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OBA Board Meets with Governor Kate Brown

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This week, OBA welcomed Governor Kate Brown to her first formal meeting with Oregon business leaders since taking office. Held on the NIKE campus, the session provided the opportunity to present our 2015 legislative agenda to Governor Brown and share with her the business view of Oregon’s complex economic landscape and OBA’s policy priorities to bring balanced policy solutions to some of our state’s most persistent issues like lagging rural ...

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A First for Oregon

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Kate Brown was sworn in this morning as Oregon’s Governor.

Governor Brown is the consummate Oregonian by way of Minnesota.  During her 17 years as an Oregon legislator, she worked hard on both sides of the aisle on issues critical to the state. She is friendly, smart and committed to holding our state together in these unprecedented times.

We look forward to working with the ...

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Kudos! OBA Board Member Mel Sears Promoted to Deputy Regional Business Manager for Parsons Brinckerhoff’s West Region

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Mel Sears, PE, PMP, has been named Deputy Regional Business Manager for the U.S. West region of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering and program/construction management organization. In his new position, Mel will work with managers in Parsons Brinckerhoff’s offices in the West to enhance relationships with key clients, expand business development opportunities, and invigorate marketing and pursuit efforts.

Mel has ...

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Congrats! OBA Members Shine Among “Most Admired”

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Members Nike, Intel, Columbia Sportswear, OHSU, and Providence Health & Services rank in top 5 overall in Portland Business Journal‘s 2014 Most Admired Companies List

OBA is proud to recognize member companies recognized recently by the Portland Business Journal following rankings by more than 500 Oregon and southwest Washington CEOs as “Oregon’s 2014 Most Admired Companies.” Following are OBA members recognized with the honor in the “All Industries” listing:

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November 4 2014: Election Night Parties!

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We’re adding events as we receive them to our list of election night events! Check back for updates.

U.S. Senate

  • Sen. Jeff Merkley: Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, 921 SW 6th Avenue Portland,  7:30-11:30 p.m.
  • Dr. Monica Wehby: Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave., Portland, 7 p.m.

Governor’s Race

  • Gov. John Kitzhaber: Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, 921 SW 6th Avenue Portland,  7:30-11:30p.m.
  • Rep. Dennis Richardson: Monarch Hotel, 12566 SE 93rd Ave., Clackamas, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

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