In Support of Education Funding to the Level Recommended by the Quality Education Model
WHEREAS, public school students in the __________ District and across the state of Oregon are Oregon’s greatest natural resource; and
WHEREAS, as Oregonians we must invest in their education, so they have every opportunity to reach their full potential; and
WHEREAS, the Quality Education Model (QEM) was developed as a research and data-driven tool to evaluate educational practices and estimate the level of funding required to meet Oregon’s educational goals; and
WHEREAS, the Oregon legislature continues to fund its K-12 system at nearly two billion dollars less per biennium than is needed to run a system of highly-effective schools, currently (August 2018) ranking 29th nationally in funding per student, down from 15th in 1990-91, when the first of two property tax limitations were enacted that dramatically reduced local sources of revenue for schools; and
WHEREAS, cost drivers outside of the control of local school districts continue to climb at unstainable rates, doing damage to this and future generations of Oregonians.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the __________ School Board urges the Oregon legislature to create a comprehensive package of legislation to address the underlying causes in the dramatic increases in those cost drivers; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the __________ School Board calls for the Oregon legislature to allocate to the State School Fund for the 2019-21 biennium no less than $10.734 billion, the amount recommended in the Quality Education Model final report, August 2018.