20 January 2016
LEGAL STATUS OF OREGON SCHOOL DISTRICTS (ORS 322.072): "All [Oregon] school districts are bodies corporate, and the district school board is authorized to transact all business coming within the jurisdiction of the district and to sue and be sued. Pursuant to law, district school boards have control of the district schools and are responsible for educating children residing in the district." [1965 c.100 §139]; http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/332.072. Oregon School boards, district superintendents and administrators do NOT work for the Oregon (or National) Department of Education, the Oregon Health Authority, the Office of Civil Rights, the State or Federal Government, or any out-of-district entity. Ultimately (according to ORS 322.072) they work for YOU, the parent or guardian. Many Oregon school administrators, superintendents and school boards WANT to support (not usurp) the parent-child relationship of the residents of their communities AND sincerely believe that parents’ rights matter. Unfortunately many are finding themselves facing unwarranted coercion, intimidation and “bullying” from intrusive state and federal officials and other out-of-district entities. It is IMPERATIVE that we stand with district leaders who refuse to be "bullied" and "intimidated" by those NOT within the jurisdiction of the school district, NOT in control of the district schools and NOT responsible for educating YOUR children.