Lawmakers on the road

Current Events & News | 03/18/2019

Parasa Chanramy
Policy & Implementation Director

The latest from Salem isn’t about Salem at all this week. Lawmakers from the Ways and Means Committee have spent this month on the road, hearing from residents in Coos Bay, Pendleton and Redmond about how best to raise graduation rates.

Their next stop is in Portland, which is the next chance to speak directly to lawmakers about the important impact Measure 98 is having.

Ways & Means Portland Public Hearing
March 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Portland Community College – Cascade (MAHB 104 Auditorium)
5514 N. Albina Ave

If you plan to attend, make sure to email Stand’s incredible Organizer, Elona Wilson (ewilson@stand.org), beforehand so we can help support you with any needs you have.

If you can’t make it, you can email lawmakers about the importance of Measure 98 funding with just one click below.

Email Lawmakers

Key Updates from Last Week:

The Education Subcommittee on Ways and Means concluded presentations on the K-12 education budget and began presentations on the higher education budget.

The Senate Education Committee heard bills relating to higher education, school funding weights, and foster youth.

The House Education Committee heard bills relating to the inclusive instructional materials, social workers and school counselors, accelerated learning and higher education.

Subcommittees from the Joint Committee for Student Success (JCSS) presented their work to the full committee last week:

  • JCSS Early Learning Subcommittee major investments include: Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education, relief nurseries, early learning equity fund, Oregon pre-K, professional learning for early learning workers, early Head Start, and Preschool Promise.
  • JCSS Accountability & Transparency Subcommittee called for a Measure-98-like fund to help school districts with additional investments on top of the State School Fund. Allowable uses of those investments would include smaller class sizes, student health and safety, ensuring a well-rounded education, and more learning time.
  • JCSS Revenue Subcommittee is reviewing three options – a business activities tax, a corporate activities tax, and an updated corporate income tax – to determine how they will impact the economy, expand the tax base, and shape Oregon’s competitiveness.

What’s on the docket this week:

On Thursday, the full JCSS committee begins discussing how the different investments could be organized. Right now, the co-chairs are proposing three major buckets:

  1. The school improvement fund; 
  2. Early learning; and 
  3. Other statewide investments.

House and Senate Education Committees will hear a variety of bills ranging from higher education degree programs, tuition equity and educator prep to mental health, student transportation and high school assessments.

Remember to tune in every Friday during session at NOON for a recap and preview of each week.

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

Please reach out to me directly at pchanramy@stand.org if you have any questions.

 

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