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OREGON’S NEW TEST RESULTS ARE IN AND THEY’RE BETTER THAN EXPECTED

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We now have a test that tells a clearer story of how Oregon children are doing in school. Today, we learned how students performed on the new, smarter statewide exam that measures progress toward more rigorous standards and critical thinking skills.

The standards were set higher, but our students "smashed expectations." This shows that when we raise the bar and do our part to help our children get there, they will rise to the challenge.

Call on Governor Kate Brown to veto House Bill 2655!

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This week, I met with parents in East Multnomah County where I work as an organizer. We took time to catch up on education issues that impact students in Oregon. They were thrilled to hear that HB 3499, the bill to improve programs for English learners, would likely pass this week (which it did!). On the other hand, ironically and simultaneously, our lawmakers were busy dismantling the system that helped us identify the need for that bill. This upset parents, so we decided that we couldn’t stay quiet.

Three characteristics Oregon lacks compared to higher-achieving states

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Last week, the Oregonian’s Betsy Hammond wrote an exceptional and thoroughly-researched article: Underachieving Oregon: 3 states whose schools beat Oregon's (and how they did it).

We recommend that all parents and schools advocates read her piece to the very end so as not to miss the important, underlying details. Oregon could absolutely benefit from better funded schools, but Hammond’s piece also examines what Oregon could do right now, without more money, in order to get better results.

Here are some notable conclusions Hammond made in her piece:

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.

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