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2 Reasons You Should Vote on Tuesday

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You’re busy, so let’s keep this list short. We want education voters to have time to submit their ballot on Tuesday. It’s too late to mail it in, so drop it by a nearby ballot box.

Another record-breaking kicker could showcase Oregon’s volatile tax system

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On Thursday, state economists reported a strong May revenue forecast enabling the state to add $105 million to the K-12 budget, thanks to a vote that legislators took in the March to automatically designate 40 percent of new revenue to schools. Unfortunately, economists also predicted that Oregon will kick back $473 million to taxpayers, $124 million more than originally predicted. This irresponsible kicker policy, unique to Oregon, prevents us from saving during the good times in order to alleviate budget cuts during recessions.

Beaverton School Funding Forum

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On Thursday, May 21, join Stand for Children Oregon and the Beaverton School District for a school funding forum. Get an update on the latest conversations in Salem, learn what the recent revenue forecast means for schools, and find out how parents can take action.

Event Details:

Presenters:

  • State Senator Mark Hass
  • State Representative Tobias Read
  • Superintendent Jeff Rose

Time & Place:

Thursday, May 21 | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Raleigh Park Elementary School • 3670 SW 78th Ave, Portland, OR 97225

Stand and Community Parents lobby for better English Education programs

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Last Tuesday, Stand members and the Oregon Alliance for Education Equity (OAEE) headed down to Salem to lobby for better educational opportunities for English learners. Stand members expressed the needs of their community, met with their representatives, and advocated for a better education for Oregon's 55,000 English Language Learners (ELL).

More parents of English learners speak up about their experience in Oregon schools

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Marcelina Torres is a proud mother of four children. With near a decade interfacing with the public school system, she has learned how to deal with the frustrations of being a parent with children in ELL classes. After years of slow progress in ELL classes, decreased time in other academic subjects and separation from native English speaker students, she requested that the school re-evaluate her children. She suspected they might have learning disabilities.

Stand for Children Oregon statement on the resignation of Rob Saxton, Oregon schools chief

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In 2011, Stand for Children Oregon lobbied to pass legislation that would make the Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction an appointed position rather than elected. The goal of the legislation was clear - attract an educator, a visionary and someone highly focused on student achievement. As the state’s first appointed Deputy Superintendent, Rob Saxton has far exceeded our expectations. It is with deep appreciation that we acknowledge his years of service to Oregon’s students.

What is the personal income tax kicker?

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Oregon’s “kicker” law prevents us from saving during good times—leaving the state with nothing to fall back on during recessions. In Oregon, our state budget is based on predictions made by the State Economist. He makes predictions on a biannual (2-year) basis. If the actual revenue received by the state exceeds his prediction by 2% or more, all unanticipated revenue has to be returned, or “kicked back” to taxpayers.

K-12 EDUCATION BUDGET A GOOD FIRST STEP

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Yesterday, the Oregon House voted to approve HB 5017, which sets the K-12 state school fund at a floor of $7.235 and provides an additional $20 million in targeted investments. This legislation fulfills the state’s commitment to pay for full-day kindergarten programs, provide funding for districts to better support English language learners, and ensure children in low-income families have access to a free school lunch.

Maria Delgado shares her personal story as a Spanish-speaking parent in Oregon

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Yesterday, parent leader Maria Delgado testified before the House Education Committee in support of the bill to improve support for English language learners. This is one of our priority bills on our legislative agendaMaria's testimony was so powerful, I just had to share it word-for-word.


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