Advocates need to tell senators to get back to work helping students
Monday, May 13, 2019
The Student Success Act hit a major speed bump last week when Republicans decided to deny the Senate a quorum, blocking a vote on the legislation.
Senate rules require at least 20 members to be present to vote, and with 11 Republicans staying away, the Senate only had 19 members present.
The Student Success Act, House Bill 3427, would provide $1 billion a year for early learning and K-12 public education. Republicans have asked that the legislation be returned to committee for additional amendments, as well as sending a constitutional amendment to the voters to enshrine that all additional funds will be dedicated to schools.
Republicans have other demands as well, but Senate Democrats have been cool to accepting these conditions. Although there is no clear timeline for a resolution, expect things to heat up in the coming days as both sides feel increasing pressure to find a solution.
Education advocates need to add to the pressure and tell legislators how important the Student Success Act is to them. The Oregonians for Student Success campaign can help school supporters have their voices heard, and supporters can sign up for regular text and email alerts.