State funding for education is not the silver bullet to improve results for our children. But it’s not nothing, either. Not only does it show a state’s commitment to its students, but it provides the resources necessary to make quality strides for all children.
In this regard, Oregon – like high school graduation rates – lags behind many other states. Total state education funding in Oregon was 7.4% lower in 2014 than it was in 2008, before the recession truly took hold.
Not only that, but Oregon’s education funding looks even worse when state and local school funding are combined. Taken together, school funding has slipped 5% between 2008 and 2014.
Cutting funding for our schools, especially at a time when our state has moved to higher standards for our students, is no way to improve quality. Our schools must have the resources they need to provide ALL Oregon children with the high quality education they deserve.