The 2019 legislative session is underway in Salem, and with more than two-thirds of education funding in the hands of lawmakers, the future of our public schools is literally on the line.
As a member of the Stand for Children family of engaged parents, educators and advocates, we’re excited for the progress we’ll make together this session for Oregon’s students.
I am holding weekly legislative update calls every Friday at noon for the entirety of the 2019 legislative session. For anyone interested in a deeper dive into these issues, please RSVP here.
Friday's at noon
Participant code: 669 855 1592#
Here are our top legislative priorities:
- Fully fund Measure 98 at $303.2 million, and ensure the policy remains consistent to the ballot measure Oregonians approved in 2016;
- Improve transferability for accelerated learning credits earned by high school students in college-level courses;
- Ensure that Oregon continues to boost and invest in statewide equity initiatives and high-quality early learning; and
- Help increase revenue for education and other important services.
Key updates from the first week of legislative session:
- Joint Committee for Student Success Recommends Full Measure 98 Funding: The Joint Committee for Student Success, which traveled across Oregon last spring and summer seeking solutions to raise our graduation rate, released an 84-page report <link here> on their findings. In it, full funding for Measure 98 is one of their top recommendations.
- Oregon’s Graduation Rate Increases: Oregon’s graduation rate ticked up to 78.7 percent in the 2017-18 school year – two points higher that the year before, and a 6.7-point increase over four years. Notably, some of the most significant growth is among Oregon’s most vulnerable and historically underserved groups. Read our Executive Director Toya Fick’s statement by clicking here.
2019 is a make-or-break moment for raising graduation rates – here’s how to get involved in the call for more Measure 98 funding:
Join our Lobby Day on February 18th
Join fellow Stand for Children leaders for a day of civic engagement in Salem! Enjoy complimentary travel, language interpretation, child care, food and training before teaming up for lobbying meetings throughout the capitol!
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Starting at St. Mark’s in Salem
790 Marion Street NE