The Office of Government Relations monitors and analyzes policy issues considered by government entities at the local, state, and federal levels. It serves as the primary point of contact for elected officials and policymakers, helps craft legislation and advocates for the enactment of policies and budgets that support the priorities identified by the Board and the Superintendent to promote student achievement.
2021 Legislative Agenda for PPS
During the 2021 legislative session, Portland Public Schools will center the district vision and accompanying system shifts in all of its advocacy work. Additionally, PPS will work vigorously with our education coalition partners to ensure that education is prioritized in the coming legislative session.
The policies and priorities outlined in the categories below provide examples of policy which may be discussed during the 2021 Legislative Session. They are not intended to be a comprehensive or exclusionary list of bills or budgets PPS may engage in. Rather, these categories, guided by the five educational system shifts, are meant to serve as a filter through which PPS will approach legislation brought forward in the 2021 Legislative Session.
Click the image to the right to read the full agenda.
Who Represents You?
Elected officials at the federal and state level play large roles in the funding that Portland Public Schools receives. Here is how to find the elected officials who have the most impact on PPS (names link to official website, where contact information is available):
United States Senate
United States House of Representatives
Governor, State of Oregon
- The enrollment area for PPS is represented by several different state representives and senators. To find yours, use the state's Find Your Legislator tool.
- The Oregon Legislature regularly has bills up for consideration that affect public education. To see what potential laws are being considered, use the Session Details tool that outlines each day's agenda for the full house and senate and their committees.
Other key organizations
- Oregon School Boards Association: Serves boards for K-12 school districts, education service districts, community colleges and the State Board of Education. Practices legislative advocacy at state and federal levels.
- Confederation of Oregon School Administrators: Represents Oregon school leaders at the state and U.S. Capitol buildings.