Your Student Success Act Primer

Current Events & News | 04/15/2019

Parasa Chanramy
Policy & Implementation Director

In case you missed it, hundreds of parents, teachers, and community leaders came to Salem last week to testify in support of the Student Success Act (HB 2019).

Their advocacy couldn't be more timely, as the revenue and investment package for the Student Success Act is coming together.

The Student Success Act – a culmination of the Joint Committee for Student Success’ roadshow last summer – would fully fund Measure 98, create an updated Student Investment Fund (formerly known as the School Improvement Fund), and increase access to high-quality early childhood education.

All of these investments are critical to helping more students across Oregon graduate high school, prepared for college, a career, or both.

Legislators hope to move the Student Success Act forward before the end of the April, and every Oregonian has a role to play in helping to make that happen.

Add your voice today by emailing lawmakers with just one click below.

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As our Executive Director, Toya Fick, so aptly put it: “Community voices brought us this far, and it will be community voices that get this package across the finish line.”

With that in mind, there is no shortage of opportunities to speak to lawmakers directly about the Student Success Act:

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

Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 3 PM- 4:30 PM
Ashland Town Hall with Representative Pam Marsh
Rogue Valley UU Fellowship
87 4th St, Ashland, OR

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 6 PM- 7 PM
Town Hall on Transportation with Reps. Mark Meek and Rachel Prusak
Oregon City Public Library
606 John Adams St, Oregon City, Oregon 97045

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 6:30 PM- 8 PM
U of O Town Hall with Rep. Marty Wilde
Oregon Law
1515 Agate St, Eugene, Oregon 97403

Friday, April 26, 2019 from 12 PM- 1 PM
Rep. Marty Wilde Town Hall for UO Students Staff and Faculty
Knight Library
1501 Kincaid St, Eugene, Oregon 97401

Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10 AM- 11:30 AM
Rep. Carla C. Piluso April Constituent Coffee
Gresham City Hall
1333 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham (Barlow/Oregon Trail Room)

Key updates from last week:
Last week, the Joint Committee for Student Success released their legislative language for their Student Success Act investments and revenue reform efforts. The Committee also held two public hearings on HB 2019 and hope to move the bill forward before the end of the month.

On Friday, Governor Brown released her PERS stabilization plan. You can read more about it in the Governor’s press statement.

The Education Subcommittee on Ways and Means heard presentations from the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission and the Oregon Student Association. You can catch all those presentations here.

The Senate Education Committee worked bills relating to dual credit, equity at the higher education level, and access to educational facilities. You can watch that work session here.

The House Education Committee also worked bills relating to school meals, counseling, Oregon Promise, and assessments. The Committee also began hearing bills from the Senate side relating to licensing, mandatory reporting, and student safety. The work session and public hearing are available here.

What’s on the docket this week:
The Joint Committee for Student Success will continue holding public hearings on the Student Success Act this week. They’ll gather feedback on revisions throughout the week as they strengthen their revenue and investment package. Note: Since the bill title for HB 2019 could potentially be too limiting because it does not mention funding, the House also introduced HB 3427 to carry the Student Success Act if they need a more comprehensive bill title to move the Act forward. We will let you know if the bill number changes.

The Education Subcommittee on Ways and Means will hear presentations on the longitudinal data system, university public service programs, and outdoor school.

Bills that made it past the April 9th deadline are moving forward. The Senate Education committee will hear House bills related to online education, college athletics, and support professionals. The House Education committee cancelled their Monday meeting due to a long list of bills that the House must move off the floor.

For more details about what’s happening during session, tune in every Friday during session at NOON for a recap and preview of each week.

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