2017 ORS 329.815¹
Mentors

(1) Based on the requirements of ORS 329.788 (Definitions for ORS 329.788 to 329.820) to 329.820 (Evaluation of programs), the selection, nature and extent of duties of mentors shall be determined:

(a) By the school district that is the employer of the teacher or administrator and of the mentor; or

(b) Jointly by the school district that is the employer of the teacher or administrator and the school district that is the employer of the mentor.

(2) A teacher, principal or superintendent may not be designated as a mentor unless willing to perform in that role.

(3) For purposes of actions taken under ORS 342.805 (Short title) to 342.937 (Reimbursement for teacher dismissal costs):

(a) A mentor may not participate in the evaluation of a beginning teacher or administrator assigned to the mentor; and

(b) Any written or other reports of a mentor regarding a beginning teacher or administrator assigned to the mentor may not be used in the evaluation of the beginning teacher or administrator.

(4) Each mentor shall complete successfully training provided or approved by the Department of Education while participating in the beginning teacher and administrator mentorship program.

(5) The stipend received for each beginning teacher or administrator may be used by the school district or educator network to compensate mentors or to compensate other individuals assigned duties to provide release time for teachers, principals or superintendents acting as mentors. [Formerly 342.794; 2001 c.317 §9; 2007 c.863 §7; 2017 c.639 §15]

Note: The amendments to 329.815 (Mentors) by section 15, chapter 639, Oregon Laws 2017, become operative June 30, 2018. See section 18, chapter 639, Oregon Laws 2017. The text that is operative until June 30, 2018, is set forth for the user’s convenience.

329.815 (Mentors). (1) Based on the requirements of ORS 329.788 (Definitions for ORS 329.788 to 329.820) to 329.820 (Evaluation of programs), the selection, nature and extent of duties of mentors shall be determined by the school district.

(2) A teacher, principal or superintendent may not be designated as a mentor unless willing to perform in that role.

(3) For purposes of actions taken under ORS 342.805 (Short title) to 342.937 (Reimbursement for teacher dismissal costs):

(a) A mentor may not participate in the evaluation of a beginning teacher or administrator assigned to the mentor; and

(b) Any written or other reports of a mentor regarding a beginning teacher or administrator assigned to the mentor may not be used in the evaluation of the beginning teacher or administrator.

(4) Each mentor shall complete successfully training provided or approved by the Department of Education while participating in the beginning teacher and administrator mentorship program.

(5) The stipend received for each beginning teacher or administrator may be used by the school district to compensate mentors or to compensate other individuals assigned duties to provide release time for teachers, principals or superintendents acting as mentors.

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Notes of Decisions

Oregon Educa­tional Act for 21st Century does not facially violate students’ rights under First Amend­ment to United States Constitu­tion. Tennison v. Paulus, 144 F3d 1285 (9th Cir. 1998)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 329—Oregon Educational Act for the 21st Century; Educational Improvement and Reform, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors329.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 329, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano329.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.