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Office of Government

  • 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.

2023 Legislative Agenda for PPS

  • View the 2023 Legislative AgendaDuring the 2023 legislative session, Portland Public Schools will center the district's vision, strategic plan and the Board of Education goals 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 2023 Legislative Session. They are not intended to be a comprehensive or exclusionary list of bills or budgets PPS may engage in. Rather, these categories are meant to serve as a filter through which PPS will approach legislation brought forward during the 2023 Legislative Session.

    2023 Legislative 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

    Oregon Legislature

    • 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


Lisa Merrick
Legislative Liaison
971-271-3466 (cell)

Legislative Materials Archive

  • 2021 Legislative Agenda

  • 2019 End of Session Legislative Report

  • 2019 OSBA/COSA Legislative Report

  • 2019 Legislative Platform for Portland Public Schools