Governor’s education agenda lays out need for investments in school improvements
Monday, August 27, 2018
Gov. Kate Brown’s education policy agenda calls for prioritizing investments to improve schools. The document, released Monday, envisions “a seamless system of education from cradle to career.”
The governor laid out a seven-point strategy that includes a 180-day school year, reduced class sizes in the lower grades, teacher support, local accountability, safer schools and investment in preschool career and technical education.
Brown said schools face chronic underfunding, as documented by the Quality Education Model. The biennial study of education best practices estimated Oregon is about $2 billion short this biennium of the funding needed for a system of highly effective schools.
OSBA and other education advocates will focus on revenue reform and cost containment in the 2019 Legislature to create a system of adequate and stable funding.
“No single solution is going to change the future of our students, so a multi-pronged approach is essential to address the needs relating to the ‘whole child,’” Brown’s agenda said.