Finish strong

Current Events & News | 06/10/2019

Parasa Chanramy
Policy & Implementation Director

We are almost midway through June and there are still a handful of bills that we need lawmakers to pass. Your voice is vital to ensuring we finish strong!

  • The Oregon Department of Education’s grant-in-aid budget in HB 5015 (note: this bill is scheduled for a work session on June 12)
    The grant-in-aid budget covers base funding for a number of vital education investments, including a portion of Measure 98’s funding ($170 million of the total $303.2 million), along with base funding for early learning programs and vitally important equity initiatives like the African American Student Success plan and the Tribal Attendance program.
  • SB 800 to help improve the transfer of credits from high school to higher education
    As our state invests in college level opportunities that allow high school students to earn college credits, we also need to ensure those credits are honored by public colleges and universities. Right now, graduating seniors face inconsistent, unclear systems and polices when trying to get credit for the work they’ve done, and lawmakers can help fix this situation by passing SB 800.

Support HB 5015 & SB 800

We are also working with our partners to help pass the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Education Savings Credit – both of which are housed in HB 2164.

  • The Earned Income Tax Credit is a critical support for over 140,000 children living in poverty in Oregon. H.B. 2164 will renew, raise, and expand eligibility for the EITC.
  • The Education Savings Credit provides a refundable tax credit to all Oregonians who are saving for university, community college, trade school, or any other type of accredited, post-secondary education.

Both credits deserve our support, and you can urge lawmakers to vote for HB 2164 with just one click below.

Email Lawmakers

If you want to learn more about what is happening in Salem on a weekly basis, please tune into my legislative calls on Fridays at noon.

What: Weekly Legislative Update Calls
When: Every Friday from noon to 12:30pm (until June 30, or whenever session ends)
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 discussed a number of budget bills including high education, Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, and farm-to-school.

The Senate Education Committee heard two presentations: civics education and school choice. You can watch those presentations here.

The House Education Committee did not convene last week.

What’s on the docket this week:

The Education Subcommittee on Ways and Means will continue to review and potentially work budget bills related to the Oregon Department of Education’s grant-in-aid budget (one of our priority bills), early childhood education, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, child and student safety, and farm-to-school.

The Senate Education Committee will hold informational meetings on special education and dyslexia. The House Education Committee has not posted their schedule yet and may not reconvene for the rest of session.

As I mentioned earlier, please hop on my calls every Friday during session at NOON for a recap and preview of each week. 

What: Weekly Legislative Update Calls
When: Every Friday from noon to 12:30pm (until June 30, or whenever session ends)
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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