With the bill deadline looming on Tuesday, the midnight oil is burning across Salem as advocates work to keep legislative priorities alive past this crucial milestone.
The Student Success Act
The BIG news from last week is that the Joint Committee for Student Success unveiled their framework for the Student Success Act of 2019.
This is Stand’s top legislative priority, and we worked hard with lawmakers, the Governor’s office, OEA, COSA, and OSBA over the past few weeks to get to this point.
Make sure to check out what our Executive Director, Toya Fick, said about the 2019 Act in the Statesman Journal.
As I mentioned last week, the Student Success Act is organized into three major buckets: (i) Early Learning, (ii) School Improvement Fund, and (iii) Other Statewide Investments, which includes full funding for Measure 98.
If passed, this package will be the largest categorical investment in education in Oregon’s history. Learn more about the investment package here.
Lawmakers are hard at work adapting the framework into an amendment that can pass as part of House Bill 2019. We expect the amendment to be ready for public viewing as early as this week.
This progress is wonderful news, but we aren’t done yet! Make sure to support H.B. 2019 by emailing lawmakers with one click below.
Other legislative 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 dual credit, contractors and equity at the higher education level, prison education, and sexual abuse prevention. You can watch those hearings here.
The House Education Committee also heard bills relating to 40-40-20, career-technical student organizations, statewide equity plans at the higher education level, and assessments. Those hearings can be found here.
What’s on the docket this week:
The JCSS revenue subcommittee will meet a few more times this week to firm up the details of their proposal. We hope they will have more to share this week so that the full JCSS committee can pull the broader revenue and investment package together.
The Education Subcommittee on Ways and Means will hear presentations from the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission and the Oregon Student Association.
The next major bill cut-off deadline is tomorrow (April 9). The House and Senate Education Committees have a long docket of bills that they need to work out of their respective committees by the end of the day today. The dual credit bill that we worked on with OAESD is scheduled to be moved out of the Senate Education committee later this afternoon.
Make Your Voice Heard!
There’s no shortage of opportunities to speak directly with lawmakers in the coming weeks:
Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 2 PM- 3 PM
Garibaldi Town Hall with Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell
Garibaldi CIty Hall107 6th St Garibaldi Oregon 97118
Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 3 PM- 4:30 PM
Ashland Town Hall with Representative Marsh
Rogue Valley UU Fellowship
87 4th St, Ashland, OR
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 6:30 PM- 8 PM
University of Oregon Town Hall with Rep. Wilde
1515 Agate St, Eugene, Oregon 97403
Friday, April 26, 2019 at 12 PM- 1 PM
April Constituent Coffee with Carla C. Piluso
Gresham City Hall
1333 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham (Barlow/Oregon Trail Room)
For more details, make sure 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 #
Join the presentation/video: https://zoom.us/my/stand.spare