Halfway through session, we're all in for full funding!

Current Events & News | 04/01/2019

Parasa Chanramy
Policy & Implementation Director

We are almost halfway through session now, and the Joint Committee for Student Success is making more progress on their investment package.

They are refining priority investments for each of their major policy buckets: (i) Early Learning, (ii) School Improvement Fund, and (iii) Other Statewide Investments.

Full funding for Measure 98 is included under their “Other Statewide Investments” bucket.

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Key updates from last week:

The Education Subcommittee on Ways and Means continued presentations on the higher education budget. Those presentations are available here.

The Senate Education Committee heard bills relating to youth re-engagement, state school fund distributions, and reporting sexual abuse. Those hearings area available here.

The House Education Committee also heard bills relating to youth re-engagement, state school fund distributions and other bills related to higher education. You can find those hearings here.

The full Joint Committee on Student Success invited several panelists to come to Salem and present on equity in education, specifically within the context of the broader revenue and investment package. Stand for Children, along with a number of partner organizations – Coalition of Communities of Color, Latino Network, Oregon Department of Education, Elevate Oregon, the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization, and AVID – discussed how Oregon must ensure that this work is steeped in equity. Panelists also shared how having an equitable approach and focused investments can have a positive impact on students and families from historically underserved and underrepresented communities.

You can view our testimony here.

As for the broader revenue and investment package, we are seeing the investments come together, however, it’s still not clear where the committee will land on the revenue reform strategy.

On the investment side of things, we’re working with the Governor’s Office, OEA, COSA, and OSBA to help advise and recommend how dollars should be invested under the School Improvement Fund bucket as well.

We anticipate that the committee will have their draft proposal for revenue reform and investments sometime soon. Please stay tuned for more developments.

What’s on the docket this week:

The Joint Committee for Student Success will continue their discussions on equity in education and we expect more panelists to speak before the committee. These panelists include Oregon’s Advocacy Commissions (Commission on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs; Commission on Black Affairs; Commission on Hispanic Affairs; and Commission for Women), as well as College Possible. The JCSS subcommittee on Revenue will also be convening again this week.

The Education Subcommittee on Ways and Means will continue working on the higher education budget.

With the next bill cut-off deadline looming on April 9th, the House and Senate Education Committees are working fast to cover as many bills as possible. The House Education Committee will even be extending their committee meeting hours to tackle their docket of bills. This week, House Education is hearing bills on 40-40-20, tuition equity, career-technical student organizations, statewide equity plans at the higher education level, and assessments. In Senate Education, they will be reviewing bills on dual credit, contractors and equity at the higher education level, prison education, and sexual abuse prevention.

Get Involved! Here are just a few of the upcoming town halls you can join to speak directly to lawmakers:

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 7 PM – 8:15 PM
Albany Town Hall with Senator Gelser
Albany Public Library
2450 14th Ave SE, Albany, Oregon 97322

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 6 PM-7 PM
Remote Town Hall with Rep. Findley & Senator Bentz
Representative Findley will host Virtual Town Halls throughout the 2019 Legislative Session with Senator Bentz. Town Halls will be held at the OSU Extension Offices in Baker, Grant, Harney, Lake and Malheur Counties which will connect to the Capitol in Salem. Representative Findley and Senator Bentz will give a 30 minute Legislative Update and then answer questions from constituents for an additional 30 minutes.
Baker County OSU Extension Office, 2600 East St., Baker City
Grant County OSU Extension Office, 116 NW Bridge St., Suite 1, John Day
Harney County OSU Extension Office, 450 N Buena Vista Ave., Burns
Lake County OSU Extension Office, 103 S E St., Lakeview
Malheur County OSU Extension Office, 710 SW 5th Ave, Ontario

Friday, April 5, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM
LatinX Community Town Hall with Rep. Janeen Sollman
R A Brown Middle School
1505 SW Cornelius Pass Rd, Hillsboro Oregon 97123

Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 10:30 AM to 12 PM
League of Women Voters Forum with Rep Dan Rayfield
Corvallis Public Library
645 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330

Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 2:30 PM- 4 PM
Legislative Town Hall with Senator Manning and Reps. Nathanson and Fahey
North Eugene High School Cafeteria
200 Silver Ln Eugene OR 97404

Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 2 PM- 3 PM
Garibaldi Town Hall with Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell
Garibaldi CIty Hall
107 6th St Garibaldi Oregon 97118

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

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