Prop 98 celebration

We are a movement of students, parents, educators, community leaders and education advocates focused on education equity and racial justice. We will not rest until every student in Oregon has equitable access to a world-class education that prepares them for life beyond the classroom, whether their path leads to college, a career, or both.

Since passing Measure 98 just a few years ago, we have put over $750 million into high schools across the state. Those resources led to a 40% increase in career-related programs offered throughout the state. Most importantly, we’ve seen a record 6-point increase in graduation rates, with students of color and low-income students making the biggest gains.

Measure 98, or High School Success, is an equity-driven grassroots solution to raise Oregon’s graduation rates.

Stand for Children Oregon led the charge to draft Measure 98, campaigned to pass it overwhelmingly at the ballot box in 2016, pressured lawmakers to support it unanimously in Salem, and ultimately helped secure over $170 million in its first year to bring it to life. As a result, high school students in every single school district in Oregon have new or expanded opportunities in Career and Technical Education (CTE)college readiness, and dropout prevention strategies

More than 2,000 additional students have graduated since Measure 98 was funded. That’s 2,000 lives that are on a different trajectory because of the work we’ve done together. 

Still, in the years since passing Measure 98, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a gap-widener. Nearly all students experienced learning loss, with historically marginalized students losing significantly more ground, putting high school graduation rates at risk. Measure 98 requires a focus on dropout prevention and centers ninth graders’ success as a critical component of this work. With your support, we’re working to close those gaps and make our system more equitable for all students. 

Read on to learn more about our work in 2021.


 In 2021, we helped advocate to clear a path for kids to expunge their records so that they can move forward and lead a life that has options. Senate Bill 397 will simplify the expungement process and will improve access to housing, employment, and higher education for those previously trapped in a system that wasn’t serving them.

We also lent our support to other organizations with a focus on passing legislation that removed crippling fees imposed by the youth justice system. These fees caused undo harm to the largely Black and brown kids and parents who were charged to pay them. Senate Bill 817 will eliminate fees, court costs, and associated fines and will apply retroactively, removing a massive burden that was keeping Oregon families from thriving.

A special thanks to Stand Lane County member Siobhan Cancél for bringing the impact of these fees to life by sharing her story with the Oregon legislature. Her story was picked up by multiple news outlets across the country, illustrating the power of standing up and sharing your story.


We believe our educators should better re­flect the students they serve. Districts across the state have been working to diversity their teaching staff, but with only 10 percent of our educators being culturally and linguis­tically diverse compared to 40 percent of students, we have a long way to go.

That’s why we set out to pass a bill that would protect diverse teachers in the unfortunate event of district-wide layoffs, and we hope this new law is never triggered. We are proud to say that House Bill 2001 passed with support from over 80 percent of the legislature. This new law will allow Oregon to continue making critical progress towards diversity and representation in our schools. 

Special thanks to Governor-elect Tina Kotek for sponsoring this bill and shepherding its passage.


This past Spring, we worked tirelessly to ensure local school boards better reflect the values and needs of the communities they are elected to serve. As you may have read, school boards have become the latest battleground for equity in education. Representation matters.

That’s why we pitched in and helped elect more than 40 champions for children to school boards statewide, 2/3 of whom are people of color. In fact, we elected a slate of candidates in Salem-Keizer who are already changing the dynamics of the district. In a 4-2 vote, the four candidates we endorsed and supported voted YES on a resolution to commit to equity and antiracism, acknowledging the experiences of students of color and addressing systemic inequalities.


We’re continuing to advocate for ways to make Oregon schools more equitable and racially just. Will you join us? Learn more about how to get involved in our work.

photo of val hoyle

Stand for Children is excited to announce our endorsement of Val Hoyle for Congress. Val is running for Congressional District 4 in southwestern Oregon, which includes Eugene, Springfield, Corvallis, Cottage Grove, Florence, Coos Bay, and more. Our endorsement committee, made up of parents, students, and long time Stand members, met with Val this summer. We were confident that with her deep roots in our district, and her long record of accomplishment, she will do a great job representing us.

Through almost a decade in the Oregon legislature, and now as Oregon Commissioner of Labor and Industries, she has clearly demonstrated a commitment to help students and families. She has proven her ability to get things done for all Oregonians: expanding apprenticeship programs, fighting for fair wages, and more.

Rachel Burstein, a public school parent and Eugene Stand for Children leader shared: “Val got started in politics by knocking on doors to meet voters and build support for schools. For 20 years, she has been out in the community working for children and families. She has proven to us that she will work for equity, opportunity, including expanding Career and Technical Education, for every child. We know she will continue to care, to listen, and to be in touch with the people in the district once she is elected”.”

We are proud to endorse Val Hoyle and look forward to partnering with her to support kids in Oregon through the national legislature. Please join us in supporting Val Hoyle for Congress in the November 8 general election.


We would like to introduce you to the newest member of our team, Sarah Pope. Here at Stand for Children, we value our team members and know that their work, along with our supporters like you, is the reason for our success. Sarah has devoted her professional lives to ensuring that all students are seen, heard, and supported within public schools.

Sarah Pope
Executive Director
Stand for Children Oregon

Sarah Pope is a product of Oregon’s public schools and a passionate advocate for educational equity in our state.

Sarah worked with Stand OR from 2005 to 2012 first as an organizer, then Organizing Director, then Deputy Director and Interim ED. She left to become the Chief of Staff for the Oregon Department of Education’s first appointed State Superintendent. While at ODE Sarah led the implementation of Oregon’s first statewide strategic investments in education. The purpose of which were to accelerate improvements and create educational equity in our public schools. While at ODE she also facilitated the development of the state’s educator evaluation framework and school improvement process. She left ODE in 2015 to become the Executive Director of Instruction and then the Deputy Superintendent at the NW Regional Education Service District (NWRESD). NWRESD is Oregon’s largest Education Service District serving 20 school districts and over 100,000 students. While at NWRESD, Sarah grew the Instructional Services team from two people to over 50, launched the region’s Ninth Grade Success Network, and led the support for the region’s 20 school districts as they implemented the Student Success Act.

This past year, while Sarah was managing the region’s COVID response, she also led the development of a broad coalition effort in Washington County to provide quality pre-K for the 16,000 Washington County three and four-year-olds who currently lack access. While working at the NWRESD, Sarah received her MA in Education Leadership from the University of Oregon and her K-12 administrative license.  

Sarah and her husband live in the Beaverton School District and they have two children, a preschooler and a first grader in the Beaverton public schools. We are thrilled to welcome her back to Stand! 

Sarah joins a strong team in Oregon that consist of:

Jessie Ayala

Marketing and Communications Director

Jessie Ayala

Joy Marshall

State Organizing Director

Janene Kajitani

Development Manager

Johnna N. Timmes, M.ED

Early Literacy Partnership Director

We look forward to having Sarah continue our mission as a unique catalyst for education equity and racial justice, to create a brighter future for us all. Thank you for being a supporter and critical partner in the work.  

Endorsed candidates chosen by an Endorsement Committee comprised of students, parents, educators, and community leaders 

PORTLAND – Stand for Children is committed to electing candidates who will fight for an equitable public education system that gives all students a chance to succeed. For the general election to be held on November 8, 2022, we proudly endorse 54 education champions in Oregon who show a commitment to equity and racial justice, to raising achievement for all students, to increasing family and community involvement, to improving school funding, and to ensuring our schools have effective leaders and educators.

Stand’s rigorous endorsement process begins by inviting candidates to complete a questionnaire based on our mission and values. Based on a candidate’s questionnaire responses and voting record – some candidates were invited for an interview with our Endorsement Committee, in addition to alignment on issues, we also favor candidates with strong personal character, competent plans for making systemic improvements to our education system, and vision which includes clear commitments. The candidate must value citizen engagement and welcome meaningful participation by Stand for Children in the policy-making process.

Stand for Children also urges you to VOTE YES on Measure 114, to make our Schools and Communities Safer.

Measure 114 will reduce gun violence. It will require a completed background check, hands-on safety training, fingerprinting and a permit to purchase a gun, and prohibit the sale of high capacity ammunition.

Info at:


Tina Kotek 

U.S. House District 4      

Val Hoyle 

U.S. House District 6 

Andrea Salinas 

2022 Oregon State Senate Endorsements  

Senate District 3 Jeff Golden

Senate District 4 Floyd Prozanski  

Senate District 7 James I. Manning, Jr. 

Senate District 8 Sara Gelser Blouin 

Senate District 10 Deb Patterson  

Senate District 11 Richard Walsh  

Senate District 13 Aaron Woods 

Senate District 15 Janeen Sollman 

Senate District 16 Suzanne Weber 

Senate District 17 Elizabeth Steiner Hayward 

Senate District 18 Wlinsvey Campos  

Senate District 19 Rob Wagner 

Senate District 20 Mark Meek  

Senate District 24 Kayse Jama 

2022 Oregon State House Endorsements  

House District 5 Pam Marsh 

House District 7 John Lively  

House District 8 Paul Holvey 

House District 10 David Gomberg  

House District 12 Michelle Emmons  

House District 13 Nancy Nathanson 

House District 14 Julie Fahey 

House District 16 Dan Rayfield 

House District 19 Tom Andersen  

House District 20 Paul Evans  

House District 21 Ramiro Navarro, Jr.  

House District 23 Anna Scharf 

House District 25 Ben Bowman 

House District 26 Courtney Neron 

House District 27 Ken Helm 

House District 28 Dacia Grayber 

House District 29 Susan McLain 

House District 30 Nathan Sosa 

House District 33 Maxine Dexter 

House District 34 Lisa Reynolds 

House District 35 Farrah Chaichi 

House District 36 Hai Pham 

House District 37 Jules Walters  

House District 38 Daniel Nguyen 

House District 39 Janelle Bynum 

House District 41 Mark F. Gamba 

House District 42 Rob Nosse 

House District 43 Tawna Sanchez 

House District 44 Travis Nelson 

House District 45 Thuy Tran 

House District 46 Khanh Pham 

House District 47 Andrea Valderrama 

House District 48 Hoa H. Nguyen 

House District 49 Zach Hudson 

House District 50 Ricki Ruiz 

House District 54 Jason Kropf 

House District 57 Greg Smith  

The Stand for Children Salem chapter is excited to announce our endorsement for Representative Andrea Salinas for Congressional District 6. 

Congressional District 6, a new district in Oregon, encompases Polk and Yamhill County in addition to parts of Marion, Clackamas, and Washington County. 

Our endorsement committee, made up of parents, students, and long time stand members, felt Representative Andrea Salinas (HD 38) was best fitted to represent our district. Andrea Salinas has been a champion for education equity in Oregon by working with Stand to pass the Student Success Act. Representative Andrea Salinas has also been an advocate for BIPOC communities in Oregon, most recently helping pass the Farmworker overtime bill. Throughout her years in the Oregon legislature, she has clearly demonstrated a passion to help students and families and an ability to get things done for all Oregonians. 

Grecia Gomez, a fellow with Stand and a student at Chemeketa Community College, shared “I believe Andrea Salinas is the person that truly represents every community member throughout our district. She is aware and acknowledges the injustice that minorities go through and is determined to change that for each individual as she has done in the past in the Oregon legislature.”

Mayra Romero, a parent leader in Salem, shared, “Para mi Andrea Salinas es una gran líder que nos puede representar haciendo un excelente trabajo con toda su experiencia y gran habilidad para poder solucionar los problemas.” “For me, Andrea Salinas is a great leader who can represent us by doing an excellent job with all her experience and great ability to solve problems.”

We are beyond thrilled to endorse Andrea Salinas and look forward to partnering with her to support kids in Oregon through the national legislature. 

We hope you all can join us in supporting Representative Andrea Salinas by turning in your ballot on May 17 for the primary election. And again on November 8th for the general election. 

The 2022 Legislative Session is officially over. We’re proud to say that with your support, three of our priority bills are on their way to Governor Brown’s desk where they will be signed into law.  

We’re grateful to you for your advocacy and to the many lawmakers who supported these important bills that will set Oregonians up for a brighter and more equitable future. Oregonians will soon have improved access to tax assistance to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, wildfire impacted districts will have stable education funding and leadership from superintendents will be more stable for students and families. 

Will you join us in thanking the lawmakers who voted yes on these critical bills?

We’re proud to share that Stand for Children has endorsed Tina Kotek for Governor. An advocate for equity and racial justice in education and beyond, Tina has the experience and vision to lead Oregon.

As House Speaker, Tina worked as a tireless champion for our students and families. She was critical in the passing of Measure 98, which has contributed to a record 6-point increase in graduation rates since its implementation, with students of color and low-income students making the biggest gains.

Most recently, Tina sponsored House Bill 2001, which brings equity to our schools by ensuring teachers across Oregon with cultural or linguistic expertise will be kept from being disproportionately affected by layoffs.  

Our endorsement committee, made up of advocates like you – students, parents, educators, and community leaders – unanimously agreed that Tina Kotek is the leader Oregon needs. Learn more about our endorsement process.