The final stretch

Current Events & News | 06/17/2019

Parasa Chanramy
Policy & Implementation Director

There are only about two weeks left until the end of session.

This past week, the Joint Education Subcommittee on Ways and Means advanced the Oregon Department of Education’s budget (HB 5015) with seven YES votes and one NO vote. The bill heads to the full Ways and Means committee next.

HB 5015 continues to be a top priority bill for us because it includes base funding for Measure 98 ($170 million of the total $303.2 million); the bill also carries other important investments in early learning and several equity initiatives like the African American Student Success plan and the Tribal Attendance program.

Another important bill, HB 2164, incorporates the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Education Savings Credit, is being considered before the Joint Committee on Tax Expenditures. Both credits are focused on helping more low- and middle-income families and students thrive and pursue different post-secondary opportunities. The bill is scheduled for a work session on June 18th.

And last but not least – SB 800 (a bill that would help improve the transfer of credits from high school to higher education) has stalled in the Ways and Means Committee. We still have some time and will continue to work hard with our partners to support the success of this work.

If you haven’t already, I hope that you’ll join our weekly calls on Fridays from noon to 12:30pm to get an update with what’s happening in Salem and what’s next. We only have two calls left!

What: Weekly Legislative Update Calls
When: Every Friday from noon to 12:30pm (only two calls remain)
Tune in by phone: 408-740-3766 (Access code: 669 855 1592 #)
and
Join the presentation/video: https://zoom.us/my/stand.spare

Key updates from last week:

The Education Subcommittee on Ways and Means reviewed and moved budgets related to K-12, early learning and higher education.

The Senate Education Committee heard two presentations: one on special education and one on dyslexia. You can watch those presentations here.

The House Education Committee did not meet last week.

What’s on the docket this week:

Given that session is almost over, the education policy committees will probably only reconvene on an ‘as-needed’ basis. Most of the work now rests on the major standing committees and different conference committees so that key bills are worked out and pass both floors before the end of session.With that, and the fact that committees can utilize one-hour notices, many of the committees we are keeping track of haven’t posted their schedules yet. I’ll continue to keep you posted as things progress.

There are only about two weeks left of session! To get your final wrap up updates, please join my calls on Fridays during session from noon to 12:30pm.

Tune in by phone: 408-740-3766 (Access code: 669 855 1592 #)
and
Join the presentation/video: https://zoom.us/my/stand.spare

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