New 'Promise' video debuts on the need to invest in our students
Friday, February 10, 2017
February 10, 2017
A new video highlighting the need to adequately invest in Oregon's K-12 public schools debuted today on "The Promise of Oregon" website at www.promiseoregon.org.
This new video, using stunning videography of Oregon's natural beauty and images from schools around the state, cements the ties between our shared values as Oregonians and the need to invest in the next generation.
For too long, Oregon's public schools have been underfunded; ultimately, that hurts all of us. Never has this issue been more relevant: Today, as the state faces a $1.8 billion budget shortfall, legislators are again considering underfunding public schools. The gap between what is being proposed and what school business officials say is needed stands at between $400 million and $600 million. That amount is just to maintain current service levels – significantly more is needed to begin meaningful changes to improve graduation rates, reduce crowding in classrooms, and create more robust academic and career offerings.
The gap also points to the need for comprehensive revenue reform in Oregon. At the video's conclusion, viewers are urged to contact legislators. The campaign hopes viewers will take this opportunity to ensure that we invest in our young people so they can reach their potential.
The "Promise" campaign, which is being run by the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA), aims to create a groundswell of public support for K-14 education, in hopes of meeting Oregon's 40-40-20 goals and lifting student achievement and graduation rates.
OSBA is a member services organization for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
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