Data Released Today Underscores Need for Lawmakers to Fully Fund Measure 98 in 2019
PORTLAND – Stand for Children Oregon Executive Director, Toya Fick, released the following statement today after encouraging news from the Oregon Department of Education shows our state average graduation rate continues to climb for the second biennium in a row. The graduation rate for the 2017-18 school year was 78.7 percent – two points higher than the year before, and a 6.7 point increase over four years. Notably, some of the most significant growth is among Oregon’s most vulnerable and historically underserved student groups.
“Our new graduation rate shows that ongoing efforts – like Measure 98 investments – are moving the dial for students, and adds urgency to the need for lawmakers to fully fund it for the next biennium in their 2019 session,” Ms. Fick said. “Results like this illustrate Measure 98’s potential to rewrite Oregon’s narrative around education.
Stand for Children is excited to partner with every single lawmaker, and every single parent, student, teacher, and education advocate across the state to make that happen.
”Today’s news follows calls from both Governor Brown and lawmakers on the Joint Committee for Student Success for full Measure 98 funding, adding momentum to their positions and validating the mandate Oregon voters created when they passed the Measure overwhelmingly on the ballot in 2016.