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Oregon Senate Considers Bill That Protects School Superintendents From No-Cause Dismissals

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A bill under consideration in the Oregon Senate would offer school superintendents protections from no-cause dismissals.

Senate Bill 1521 would require school boards to provide 12 months of notice before the termination of a superintendent with no cause.

They could still fire superintendents with cause.

The bill text also states that a district cannot direct a superintendent to ignore or violate state or federal law.

It comes after three high-profile superintendent firings in Oregon last year.

Opponents, including the superintendent of a district that is flouting a K-12 mask mandate, say the bill would infringe on a school board’s autonomy.

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