Private Career Schools Rally to defeat Senate Bill 1544:
On the surface, Senate Bill 1544 seemed to be fairly simple. With its roots in the Senate Veteran’s Committee, it appeared to be in the interest of the Veterans of Oregon. The legislative description of the bill stated that:
“Requires Higher Education Coordinating Commission to adopt by rule additional minimum standards regarding source of tuition revenue for licensing of career schools and schools authorized to confer degrees.”
Before the Bill was formally introduced, we(NWCC-OR) discovered the real language and the damage the bill would do to the Private Career School Industry.
This bill introduced during the short session (35 days) and was on a fast-track to being approved.
Thanks to a great group representing the Private Career Schools of Oregon. Letters were written, Legislators were visited, meetings were attended, testimony was delivered and all the influence that we had control of was released. The net result was that the Legislators realized that this was a dangerous bill and it was routed to the Ways and Means Committee where it was allowed to die gracefully at the end of the session. This “quiet” death allowed legislators to help our sector without appearing that they did not support Veterans. This entire initiative relied on the emotion to support our Veterans yet it had little to do with protecting Veterans.
Thank you to our friends at the following schools:
What can you do to help defeat (or support) Legislative Actions
In Oregon, a bill can move quickly. Following is the schedule that we had to work around to defeat SB1544. It was a fast and furious month with a lot of contact and lobbying in between the dates below.
SB 1544 life activity
The Oregon Health Authority in Partnership with The Higher Education Coordinating Commission has drafted and published guidelines for Degree-Granting Colleges and Universities. LINK To the […]