Ways and Means committee considers P-20 "Strategic Investments"
Friday, May 3, 2013
On May 1-2, the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education held public hearings on strategic investments in Oregon’s public education system proposed by Governor Kitzhaber and the Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB).
Chief Education Officer Rudy Crew and OEIB Policy Director Whitney Grubbs outlined the funding proposals contained in House Bill 3232. Find a copy of their full presentation to the committee here.
House Bill 3232 proposes about $34 million in state investments to impact outcomes in three areas:
Oregon Early Reading Program (Oregon Reads): Increase early literacy opportunities for children with a particular focus on increasing the number of kindergartners “ready for school” and increasing the number of students K-3 that are reading at grade level. Proposed state investment: $9.2 million, including $7 million for Focus and Priority schools and expansion of Response to Intervention programs.
Guidance and Support for Post-Secondary Aspirations: Increase the number of students on-track for graduation at the end of 9th grade to 85% and focus on increasing post-secondary enrollment for “underserved” students. Proposed state investment: $10.4 million, including funds to expand ASPIRE programs, summer and extended learning programs for struggling students and funds to expand dual credit, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate opportunities.
Connecting to the World of Work: Increase the number of students who graduate from high school with nine or more college credits to 65 percent, increase proficiency in middle school math and science by 15 percent and ensure at least 90 percent of students who graduate from the Oregon education system are employed within 12 months. Proposed state investment: $13.5 million, including increased funding for STEM, STEAM and career technical education programs.