Education department budget contains full Measure 98, Student Investment Account funding
Monday, June 21, 2021
The Joint Ways and Means Education Subcommittee approved the bill representing the budget for the Oregon Department of Education. Senate Bill 5513 contains all major education spending outside the State School Fund, including early learning spending, and is one of the largest spending bills the Legislature will pass.
The bill contains all funding allocations for the grant-in-aid, Student Success Act and High School Success (Measure 98) programs.
A few key highlights from the bill’s allocations include:
High School Success: $311 million (fully funded).
Student Investment Account portion of the Student Success Act: $892.2 million (fully funded). This represents approximately $95 million more than the initial projection in the co-chairs' budget framework earlier in session.
Education service district support for SSA work and implementation: $41.1 million (current service level funding).
Juvenile Detention Education Program and Youth Corrections Education Program funding will receive an $8 million increase in the final budget (full-funding increase requested by advocates).
SB 5513 allocates a staggering $6.9 billion, but almost $6 billion will “pass through” the department to other agencies and programs. The similar bill in 2019 allocated about $4.2 billion. The difference between those two bills is almost entirely due to one-time COVID-19-related federal funds. These funds procedurally must move through ODE to be distributed.