Historic billion-dollar education investment signed into law
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Gov. Kate Brown signed the Student Success Act on Thursday morning, making official a historic investment in Oregon education.
The Student Success Act creates a new business tax to generate roughly $1 billion a year dedicated to early learning and K-12 education. The law includes about $475 million in enrollment-based grants that districts can use on a range of programs to meet local needs, beginning with the 2020-21 school year.
The governor is planning a ceremonial signing Monday at a Salem school. The law has been heralded by long-serving legislators and schools advocates as the biggest education achievement of their careers.
Sen. Arnie Roblan, a former Coos Bay teacher and principal, has said passing a student support bill like this is why he came to Salem. Roblan is co-chair of the committee that created the bill.
“I have never felt so inspired or encouraged about the future of K-12 education for Oregon’s students,” OSBA Board President Tass Morrison said shortly after the Senate passed the bill Monday. Morrison is a North Santiam School Board member.