In addition to statewide advocacy, Stand members push voters and local school boards to make the best decisions for kids in their community.
We have active member leadership teams in Lane County, Salem and Medford, in addition to active members across the state. To join a local chapter, or find out more about what you have the power to change in your district, contact Stand staff: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also meet Stand staff and volunteers at an upcoming event.
Below is a sampling of how parents and community activists brought about change in their local schools:
- Standing up for kids in poverty: In 2013, Stand Oregon successfully advocated to update Oregon's poverty calculation. This change led to an increase in funding for school districts where the number of kids living in poverty has grown over the past decade. The Reynolds School District received $660,000 in additional funding for 2014-2015. Stand members ensured that money was spent wisely by successfully lobbying the school board to add full-day kindergarten throughout the district's 11 elementary schools, providing over 1,000 children with access to a critical building block for academic success.
- Standing up for smaller class sizes: In the 2013 legislative session, Stand and partners won an infusion of $100 million in new money to the state school fund and additional cost savings. That following year, our Lane County chapter successfully lobbied the Eugene 4J school board to target some of these new investments toward changes that would actually impact students at the classroom level, specifically a reduction in huge class sizes - especially those over 30 students. For example, Gilham Elementary school was able to reduce fourth and fifth grade classes from 41 students to 27 students.
- Stand and the ballot: Stand volunteers worked over 70 shifts in Eugene, knocking on over 1,500 doors. They passed the local option levy with an astounding 76 percent of the vote. In Springfield, volunteers knocked on close to 2,000 doors and passed the local school bond with 53 percent of the vote. They more than doubled the number of YES votes from the year prior when the measure failed.