Exciting, intense, emotional & historic

Current Events & News | 05/06/2019

Parasa Chanramy
Policy & Implementation Director

Last week was historic. As you might have seen in my mid-week email, the Oregon House passed the Student Success Act (HB 3427) after over 5 hours of debate (37 “Yes” votes; 21 “No” votes; only two lawmakers were absent). It was exciting, intense, and emotional all at the same time.

The Student Success Act will create a commercial activities tax and dedicate $2 billion in revenues from that tax to early childhood education and K-12 investments, including full funding of Measure 98.

This vote was only possible because lawmakers heard from Stand leaders like you, and they listened. Please join us in saying thank you!

Thank Lawmakers

Now that the Student Success Act cleared the House, it’s heading to the Senate floor this week, where it could receive a vote as early as Tuesday. That means you have precious little time to contact your senator to urge their support, but you can do it right now with just one click below.

Email Your Senator

We'll be breaking down the votes, next steps, and ways for you to have an impact going forward on our upcoming Strategy calls. Make sure to mark your calendar and RSVP with the information below.

Stand for Children Strategy Calls
Thursday, May 9th from 7:00-8:00 pm
Friday, May 10th from 12:00-12:30 pm (repeat of Thursday call)
Dial in: 1-408-740-3766
Access code: 669 855 1592#
Join the presentation/video: https://zoom.us.my/stand.spare

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Key updates from last week:

The Joint Committee for Student Success (JCSS) passed the Student Success Act (HB 3427) out of their committee on April 29th, before sending it to the House floor on May 1st.

The Education Subcommittee on Ways and Means worked on the Student Success Act budget in a separate bill (HB 5047) and the State School Fund bill (HB 5016). Both bills moved out of the Education Subcommittee on May 1st; and then passed out of the full Joint Ways and Means Committee on May 3rd.

The Senate Education Committee heard bills relating to accelerated learning, higher education policies and inclusive education materials. You can watch those public meetings here.

The House Education Committee heard bills relating to special education and IB exams. You can watch those public meetings here.

What's on the docket this week:

JCSS will reconvene this week to hold a hearing on bills related to student safety; and move a few more education bills related to early learning, career and technical student organizations, and assessments on May 7th.

The Education Subcommittee on Ways and Means will have presentations on K-12 assessments, Oregon Opportunity Grant, Oregon Promise, and emergency student assistance, and Measure 98 and other related grant-in-aid programs.

The Senate Education committee will hear House bills related to Sexual Assault Task Force, Oregon Healthy Teen Survey, supports for foster children and the Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development.

The House Education will hear Senate bills related to tuition equity for graduate students, applied baccalaureate degree programs, instruction about the Holocaust and genocide.

For more details about what’s happening during session, tune in every Friday during session at NOON for a recap and preview of each week.

Tune in by phone: 408-740-3766
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