Stand has no higher priority this year than seeing the proposed ballot measure – Initiative Petition 65 – passed at the ballot box in November. By focusing on the targeted measures that IP65 proposes, we can finally boost our state’s dismally low graduation rates.
“Thousands of students aren't making it to graduation, with a disproportionate percentage of those coming from low-income or minority backgrounds,” wrote The Oregonian. “That's not a data point; that's an emergency.”
Good thing for Oregonians, IP65 offers solutions to that very emergency! Not only is our state’s graduation rate sitting as the fourth worst in the country, but we have a policy solution staring us right in the face.
“IP65 has a number of factors in its favor,” The Oregonian’s editorial board wrote. “The proposal is a targeted approach to a specific problem that is universally recognized…And the solutions have already been shown to work in school districts both inside and outside Oregon.”
It’s time for us to push this solution forward. As The Oregonian noted, this is a solution in the face of a dire emergency. As everyone knows, without a solution, this crisis will only get worse.