How Oregon’s Education Budget is Spent

Our public spending is a reflection of our priorities and education must be at the top of the list, always. But beyond dollar amounts, we must consider how those funds are spent. 

So, how is Oregon’s education budget spent? 

Stand with Them

We have a diversity problem in our educator pipeline, with over 80% of our teachers being white and more than half of our students being of color. That has a profound impact on students in classrooms and teachers who are thrown into those classrooms unprepared.

So it makes perfect sense that colleges of education should be training teachers to be culturally responsive – building on students’ identities as assets in their learning, choosing empowering materials that reflect our diversity, and reaching out to families and communities to partner on children’s education.

Senator Buckner Outlines Leg Priorities

Recently, Senator Janet Buckner met with over 20 parent leaders, educators and community members to preview the upcoming legislative session, highlighting key legislation aimed at dismantling the school to prison pipeline in Colorado. Senator Buckner is the lead sponsor of the bill, which is still being finalized. She shared information about the school to prison pipeline, highlighting some of the practices that harm students of color and named why this is the moment to push this legislation through.

Stand Launches CARE

To rid society of racism and the tremendous suffering, strife, and wasted potential it causes, it’s not enough to not be racist.

We need to be antiracist.

Being antiracist requires growing to recognize and equally value the dignity and humanity of every human being, but not just that.

It also means confronting racism and teaching those in our care to do the same.

Educators overwhelmingly want to be antiracist.

According to a survey conducted by EdWeek, 84% of teachers want to teach from an antiracist perspective.

Join our parent forum on child care tonight!

I am so excited. Tonight from 6:00 – 7:00pm, I’m moderating a parent forum as part of #EarlyEdWeek. I’ll be joined by local experts who will share best practices and helpful resources that are available to parents like you and me.

Also joining will be parents who will share stories about their successes supporting their young children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you register, you can also join breakout rooms that will dive into mental health supports for parents and equity in the future of childcare.

 You’ll even have the chance to ask questions in the chat box.

A new year, a new leader

On behalf of the Washington team at Stand for Children, we are thrilled to introduce you to our new Executive Director, Kia C. Franklin. Rowing together, we have covered some distance in the tumult created by the pandemic. With Kia at the helm, momentum in Washington toward student access to high-quality school counseling services, racial equity in dual credit course enrollment, continued investment in 9th grade success programming, and reforms to criminal and youth justice systems will continue to accelerate.

Halfway there! SB 5030 passes Senate

We're celebrating progress for students today! SB 5030 was just passed last night by the Washington State Senate in a strong bipartisan vote of 48-1. 

If passed, Senate Bill 5030 will:

Every Week Is a Struggle

During the pandemic, my family has had to make a lot of budget cuts. We’re doing whatever it takes to keep the lights on and buy food, but it’s a struggle week to week. 

If President Biden’s COVID-19 relief package passes, I would be able to make sure my three kids have enough healthy food to eat and the educational materials they need to keep learning while school buildings remain closed. 

Please take action today to urge your lawmakers in Washington to support this important proposal.

Making Space for Creative Expression

Last fall, Stand member Dr. Crystal Harris created “This is 2020: Meaningful Stories, Artful Healing”, our first-ever student art showcase for which elementary, middle, and high school students in Memphis and Shelby County submitted more than 30 works of art to express their views on the global pandemic and racial injustice issues.  We recently sat down with Dr. Harris for a virtual discussion about her involvement in the showcase and her plans for the future.

 

Protect student access to school counselors

Debi has been an elementary school counselor in Everett for over 30 years. Throughout her career she's been able to watch her young students mature into adults, achieve their goals, and overcome familiar pre-pubescent struggles. 

In order to perform her role effectively, Debi emphasizes the importance of having flexibility to spend as much time as she needs with each student, teacher, or classroom. She made it clear to the Senate Education Committee last month when she testified in support of Senate Bill 5030 that her time is of the essence:

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