The Joint Ways and Means Committee wrapped up their roadshow last week. They visited Coos Bay, Pendleton, Redmond, and Portland to gather feedback on their current proposal for the state budget. A resounding theme that they heard over and over is that this budget is not enough.
We agree, and we’re working hard to ensure that the Legislature passes a broader revenue and investment package this session to fully fund Measure 98 and other important education priorities, including the statewide equity initiatives, School Improvement Fund and early learning.
We joined coalition partners in sharing more about how important this work is this week. Please join me by adding your voice with just one click.
Key updates from last week:
The Education Subcommittee on Ways and Means continued presentations on the higher education budget. You can catch all those presentations here.
The Senate Education Committee heard bills relating to tuition equity for graduate school, higher education, and assessments. You can watch those hearings here.
The House Education Committee heard bills relating to family engagement, educator attraction and retention, transportation and higher education transitions. Those hearings are available here.
The full Joint Committee on Student Success convened and continued to review their investment framework. As I’ve stated in a previous post, the major buckets that make up this investment package include:
- The School Improvement Fund;
- Early Learning;
- Other Statewide Investments*
*The “Other Statewide Investments” bucket will contain the rest of Measure 98 funding so that we can finally fully fund the Measure.
Committee members are in the process of determining priority investments in each bucket, and plan to make sure those top priorities are included in the broader revenue and investment package. Stay tuned each week for more developments!
What’s on the docket this week:
The full Joint Committee on Student Success reconvened as well as their Revenue subcommittee. Yesterday, the Joint Committee invited Stand and other panelists from Coalition of Communities of Color, Latino Network, Oregon Department of Education, Elevate Oregon, the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization, and AVID to discuss equity in education and how equity must be embedded as they develop their broader revenue and investment package this session.
House and Senate Education Committees are covering a ton of bills this week as we get closer to the bill cut-off deadline. These committees are reviewing bills related to youth re-engagement, students with special needs, transitions to higher education, and reporting and addressing harassment and student safety.
Get Involved! Here are just a few of the upcoming town halls you can join to speak directly to lawmakers:
Friday, March 29, 2019 at 6:30 PM - 8 PM
Boring/Damascus Grange Town Hall with Rep. Janelle Bynum
27861 SE Grange St, Boring OR 97009
Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Students Speak Forum with Reps. Susan McLain and Janeen Sollman
PCC Willow Creek
241 SW Edgeway Dr, Beaverton, Oregon 97006
Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 1:30 PM
APANO’s Coffee with Legislators with Rep. Ken Helm
Community of Christ Church
5170 NE Five Oaks Dr, Hillsboro, Oregon 97124
Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 1 PM – 3 PM
Town Hall with Reps. Mary Wilde, Mike Nearman and Shelly Boshard Davis
Russell Tripp Performance Center
6500 Pacific Blvd SW, Albany, Oregon 97321
Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 1 PM – 3 PM
Rep. Anna Williams’ Constituent Coffee in Gresham
Mt. Hood Community College
26000 SE Stark Street, Gresham, Oregon 97030
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 #
Join the presentation/video: https://zoom.us/my/stand.spare