After nearly six months, hundreds of bills, several multi-hour debates, and two walkouts, the 80th Oregon legislative assembly officially came to a close on Sunday night.
It’s been a roller coaster of a session and we are so fortunate to have your support all along the way.
Your partnership and advocacy over the course of this session helped us achieve some incredible wins for kids. Together, we...
- Secured full funding for Measure 98 – that’s $303.2 million for students across Oregon – which means more career-technical education, advanced coursework, and on-track supports and opportunities to help students stay engaged and graduate from high school prepared for their next step. Learn more about how much your district will receive here.
- Passed the monumental Student Success Act and an additional $2 billion each biennium for early learning and K-12 – one of the largest categorical education investments in Oregon’s history. Find out how much your district will get from the Student Investment Account of the Act in 2020 here.
- Supported the equity-focused initiatives and invested millions in the student success plans for: Emerging Bilingual students, African American students, American Indian/Alaska Native students, and Latinx students. These equity initiatives are strategic investments designed to help improve educational outcomes for our most underserved students through systemic supports and technical assistance; evidence-based, culturally responsive practices; and strong school, family, and community partnerships.
- Renewed and expanded the Earned Income Tax Credit that will help one in four Oregon children; created of the Education Savings Credit that will support more low-income and middle-income Oregonians in saving for their next step after high school.
Our work isn’t over
The only policy we weren’t able to get through was ensuring the transfer of credits from high school to higher education (SB 800). We worked hard with our partners to get this passed, but it got stuck in the churn and failed in the end.
On the bright side, we do have confirmation and a commitment from the Governor’s office that they will continue to work with us on the issue so that the advanced credits that students earn while in high school are transferring more seamlessly to our public colleges and universities.
What else is ahead?
Even though the legislative session is over, we still have a lot of work to do.
Opponents are already organizing to repeal the Student Success Act. This is not okay. And now we must work together to make sure that the Student Success Act is here to stay.
If you haven’t already, please join the campaign to protect the Student Success Act today.
Next, mark your calendars and plan to hop on our Protect the Student Success Act Campaign calls starting every Friday on August 16th through January 21, 2020 from 12-12:30pm.
Join the call: 408-740-3766 (access code: 669 855 1592 #) and presentation: https://zoom.us/my/stand.spare
Thank you again for all of your support throughout this long (and, very intense) session. We couldn’t have done this without you!
Now, let’s keep moving. We’ve got a lot of work to do.