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Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR)

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What is a rule?

Oregon law defines "rule" as "any agency directive, standard, regulation or statement of general applicability that implements, interprets or prescribes law or policy, or policy, or describes the procedure or practice requirements of any agency." ORS 183.310(9). 

Agencies may adopt, amend, repeal or renumber rules, permanently or temporarily (up to 180 days), using the procedures outlined in the Oregon Attorney General's Administrative Law Manual

The Administrative Rules Unit, Archives Division, Secretary of State assists agencies with the notification, filing and publication requirements of the administrative rules process. Every Administrative Rule uses the same numbering sequence of a 3 digit agency chapter number followed by a 3 digit division number and ending with a 4 digit rule number (000-000-0000). 

The State Board of Education adopts rules that affect K-12 and community colleges. Changes to rules are posted on the Secretary of State's Administrative Rules web page approximately 30 days after adoption. 

The Oregon Secretary of State's office compiles and publishes the entire series of Oregon Administrative Rules. The rules directly related to the operation of public schools and community colleges are contained in Chapter 581 of that series.

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When an agency proposes to adopt, amend or repeal a rule, it shall give interested persons reasonable opportunity to submit data or views. Comments can be emailed

Due to budget reductions the Department of Education is no longer conducting a separate hearing on each rule. However, interested parties may provide written comments to the Department or provide oral comments directly to the State Board of Education during the board’s public comment period at the first meeting at which the rule is on the board’s agenda. Additionally, opportunity for oral hearing shall be granted upon request received from 10 persons or from an association having not less than 10 members before the earliest date that the rule could become effective after the giving of notice. 

Cindy Hunt, Government and Legal Affairs Manager, serves as the department’s hearing officer. The hearing will be recorded for permanent record. The hearing officer will open the hearing and read the OAR number and its intention or purpose. The hearing officer will ask those in attendance for oral testimony. Those individuals will be heard. If there is written testimony at this time, it will be submitted. 

The hearing officer will adjourn the public hearing and will not respond to questions. After the close of the public comment period, the hearing officer will prepare a report to the state board which will be available from the department. 

State Board of Education - Proposed OARs




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