Here’s the secret

School Funding | 12/19/2018

Parasa Chanramy
Policy and Implementation Director

Many issues that impact our lives will be on the table this upcoming legislative session. Two-thirds of Oregon’s education funding is on the line, as is the future of Measure 98 and the vital investments it makes in career and technical education, dropout prevention programs, and dual credit opportunities.

With stakes this high, we can’t afford to sit back and hope lawmakers get it right. We need to make sure they hear from us – the people they serve – about the priorities we can’t live without.

I’ve seen the inner workings of the Oregon legislature. There’s a secret to influencing public policy, and the people who vote on it. That secret is you.

The power in politics is really the power of the people. People who have an impact are the people who speak out and advocate. There is no more potent of a message about college access than the firsthand account of a first-generation college student. There’s nothing that can highlight the imperatives of tuition equity (ensuring all students have access to in-state tuition regardless of immigration status) as effectively than a teacher who once was undocumented herself. And nobody can make the case for career and technical education in our classrooms quite like a welder who otherwise would have dropped out of school.

In case you’re wondering, every one of these examples is real. They’re the impact that Stand leaders just like you have had in the past, and your voice is every bit as important to share.

It’s common for people across our state – and across the country, for that matter – to look at politics as something we’re forced to live with. What we often forget is that we have the power to change and influence that.

And that makes you powerful. That makes you very powerful, but only if you speak up!

Our upcoming legislative breakfast in Portland, and our statewide lobby day in Salem, are perfect opportunities.

Portland Regional Legislative breakfast
January 9th @ 7:30 AM to 8:45 AM
NW Natural Building220 NW 2nd AvePortland

Statewide Lobby Day in Salem
February 18 | 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Start at St. Mark’s in Salem790 Marion Street NE

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