These Oregon principles guide our work and decision-making.
- We believe all children, regardless of their background, should receive a quality public education. We will intentionally prioritize the needs of children who are underserved. This includes children living in poverty, children learning English and children of color. We will work with community partners to improve education for all students and address Oregon's large inequities.
- We believe Oregon schools are underfunded. Our large class sizes and short school year are unacceptable. We will strategically fight to increase and stabilize state and local funding. We will partner across the political spectrum to find effective ways to invest in our schools. We will do the tough work of ensuring every dollar is spent wisely and in the best interest of children.
- We believe children learn best in vibrant public schools with motivated and supported professionals. We will work to build a better system of developing and supporting diverse and effective educators. We will collaborate to find meaningful solutions to challenging issues including working conditions, placement, evaluation, seniority and many others. Teacher voices are critical to creating these solutions.
- We believe that in order for kids to thrive, they need engaged, committed adults supporting them in and out of school. Community partners play a key role in educating children. We join with other advocates to be a voice in decisions that impact all of our kids. We work with school districts to effectively engage parents and caring adults in children's education because they are critical to academic success.