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Measure 98: More Career Tech & College Prep in Oregon High Schools

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Measure 98 is a plan to fix the graduation rate through career technical education, college-level course and dropout prevention.

You’ve heard the bad news. Oregon’s high schools have become a dead end for too many students. Our graduation rate is among the lowest in the U.S., and many of those who graduate are ill prepared for college and career success. Three out of four of Oregon’s high school graduates need remedial education when they enter community college.

Here’s the good news. We know how to do better. High schools have shown dramatic improvements when they are able to:

  1. Give students access to hands-on learning and connections to the world of work with modern career- technical education programs that provide pathways to rewarding occupations;

  2. Challenge students with opportunities to earn college credits, improving their chances to succeed in college and reducing the costs of earning a degree.

  3. Keep students on track to graduation by monitoring their progress, arranging extra counseling and mentoring for those who are struggling and providing more class time during the school year and summer breaks.

Thanks to 1.2 million voters, Measure 98 is now law. We can’t wait any longer to provide students with the opportunities they deserve.

Prioritizing education now

Measure 98 will enable every school district in Oregon to establish these programs and strategies. Here’s how:

The right investments are critical. Funds must be used in these three high-impact areas:

  • Expand and update career-technical education programs

  • Support access to college level courses

  • Implement dropout prevention strategies to improve graduation rates

While the state budget realities are challenging, we have to prioritize our children and the future prosperity of our state.

  • Fully funding Measure 98 would cost just a little over 1 percent of the budget. Oregon’s budget this year is $1.5 billion bigger than it was the year before.

  • We have to make the investments needed to decisively fix the high school graduation problem.

  • Politicians have known for years that exploding costs in areas like healthcare are causing the deficit. It's time for them do something about that. Stand supports a long-term solution, including more revenue. What we can’t support is taking more money away from our kids and their educations. That's unacceptable, especially at a time when Oregon has the third worst graduation rate in the country. We need to prioritize education.

Accountability and continuous improvement are key. Every school district in Oregon will be eligible to receive these funds, provided they commit to the three key investments and file spending plans with the state Department of Education. The Department will monitor progress and help districts share best practices to improve student success. Appropriate class sizes and teacher collaboration are encouraged. State audits will be required every two years. Administrative costs will be capped and reduced over time.

Visit the Measure 98 Website to Learn More:

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