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This week at the Oregon legislature: School fund cleared for a floor vote, hearing on ELL bill scheduled


At our Beat the Odds luncheon, keynote speaker State Treasurer Ted Wheeler said: “We need to work together, and we need to raise our voices together, because change requires momentum.”

We are nearly two months into the six-month legislative session and education bills are swiftly making their way from work groups to committee hearings and back again. Soon we will start seeing items on our legislative agenda hit the Senate and House floors for a vote.

Member perspective: Changing the odds for immigrants in Oregon


Sara Garcia is a parent leader in her Reynolds community. Alongside her peers in Stand for Children Oregon’s Reynolds chapter, she tirelessly advocates for her children to receive the best public education possible. As someone who is embedded in the Latino community in East Multnomah County, she speaks for two generations of English language learners.

No more cuts to schools!


Legislators are discussing the K-12 budget and it’s time to be heard: Kids in school today have experienced too many years of huge class sizes, limited course offerings and shortened school years. Tell lawmakers that you won’t accept a budget that forces schools to make cuts.

Our children deserve adequate school funding. That means no more cuts to schools and no more layoffs. We must continually support the programs that ensure all children, from all backgrounds, have a shot at success.

Solving Oregon's Chronic Absenteeism


Last Friday, the House Education Committee first looked at one of Stand's priority bills, which aims to solve Oregon's rampant absenteeism. 

Reporter Betsy Hammond interviewed veteran principal and State Representative Betty Komp, who carries the bill. Here's an excerpt from that article:

"Oregon lawmaker Betty Komp, who witnessed the toll of chronic absenteeism during her 14 years as school administrator, wants to give schools a strong incentive to make sure students come to school.

Stand for Children Oregon Welcomes Gov. Kate Brown


Earlier today, Stand for Children Oregon watched the swearing in of Gov. Kate Brown, thankful to see the focus and urgency of the new Governor and legislative leadership. With confidence, we believe Oregon will not waver in its commitment to its people.

“It’s refreshing to see a consistent message from Gov. Kate Brown and throughout the legislature on education,” says Toya Fick, executive director of Stand for Children Oregon. “When we were in the Capitol on Monday, every single lawmaker was focused on improving outcomes for all children across our state.”

What are Oregon's new instructional hour rules?


Only a month into 2015, and we're already celebrating the first big win for Oregon kids! At the end of January, the Oregon Board of Education approved changes to instructional hour requirements. Leading up to this decision, we heard much debate, and we saw the board float several different proposals. So what exactly are the final new rules on instructional hour requirements? Here's a simple overview of the changes. 

2014 graduation numbers are out, but there's still a lot to learn


In the past twelve days, education advocates have had a pile of graduation data to dig through. The U.S. Department of Education reported Oregon as having the worst graduation rate in the country. ECONorthwest President John Tapogna busted myths that make Oregon’s graduation data appear worse than it is.

Video: Why is full-day kindergarten a good idea?


Both Governor Kitzhaber and the Ways & Means Co-Chairs included $220 million in their budgets so districts can offer full-day kindergarten in the 2015-2016 school year. This morning, I went on KATU News to explain why this is a great investment for our state. Here are some of my top reasons:

The Governor's budget shows focus, urgency & commitment to student success


December started off with a bang.  As happens every two years, the governor released his recommended budget on Monday, giving advocates much to talk about for the next few weeks.  

The Oregon Department of Education Contemplates Changes to Instructional Hour Requirements


The fact that Oregon has an unacceptably short school year is now common rhetoric among advocates in our state. However, we’re in the process of discovering that some students receive even less time in front of their teachers than we once thought.