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School boards adopt resolution supporting education funding, but more voices needed
Monday, February 11, 2019More than 20 Oregon school boards have passed a resolution urging legislators to adequately and sustainably fund schools, but education advocates say more are needed.
Lobby days bring education’s most pressing issues into Capitol
Wednesday, January 30, 2019OSBA’s first School Funding Lobby Day is Feb. 12
School board resolution signals need for improved school funding
Wednesday, January 9, 2019OSBA is asking school boards to pass a resolution to support a school-funding campaign
Governor’s budget protects status quo while aspiring for additional $1.3 billion for education
Thursday, November 29, 2018Gov. Kate Brown offered two budget approaches Wednesday: an education status-quo budget based on current revenue and an investment budget that adds nearly $1.3 billion for early learning and K-12 education with as-yet-unnamed revenue.
Brown budgets nearly $9 billion for school funding but will seek additional education investment
Wednesday, November 28, 2018Gov. Kate Brown proposed nearly $9 billion in 2019-21 baseline school funding in her budget released Wednesday morning, with an additional $1.9 billion in education investment proposals that don’t have revenue support yet.
Business leaders emphasize cutting benefit costs to reach education funding goals
Monday, November 26, 2018Oregon business leaders say they support revenue reform for education provided that any deal contains cost containment measures.
Quality Education Model sets bar, but state needs revenue reform to reach it
Monday, October 29, 2018The nonpartisan Quality Education Commission maintains that it’s the Legislature’s responsibility to provide more money for schools.
Gubernatorial candidates agree Oregon schools need more funding, services
Wednesday, October 3, 2018The Oregon gubernatorial candidates’ answers Tuesday night in Portland returned again and again to the need for more programs offered by better-funded public schools but not how to achieve that.
Senator says he will introduce bill to fund Quality Education Model
Friday, September 28, 2018Sen. Tim Knopp, Joint Interim Committee on Student Success vice-chair, said reaching the funding level he believes schools deserve will require changes.
Student Success Committee tour adds school safety and student health roundtables
Friday, September 14, 2018The Joint Interim Committee on Student Success added safety and health roundtables to its usual program of facility tours, student listening sessions, education and community leader roundtables, and public hearings.
OSBA, business and government groups seek information to guide PERS reforms
Friday, August 10, 2018OSBA has joined business and government employer groups in asking the Public Employees Retirement System to analyze various reform proposals designed to lower costs.
Oregon education funding lags other states, Quality Education Model reports
Thursday, August 2, 2018Education funding in Oregon is about 9 percent below the national average.
Oregon’s revenue system fails school funding, Quality Education Commission report says
Wednesday, August 1, 2018The biennial Quality Education Model is the gold standard of Oregon public education goals, but the Legislature has never met its funding targets.
Forecast5 puts more useful information at staff’s fingertips, Oregon districts say
Thursday, July 26, 2018OSBA is investing $1.5 million over three years to subsidize Forecast5 for all Oregon school districts.
New work groups begin focusing Joint Interim Committee on Student Success’ efforts
Thursday, July 12, 2018Three work groups (Students Ready and Able to Learn, College and Career Ready, and High Quality Classrooms) will create a handful of education policy goals by Aug. 1.
Woodburn offers improvement example for Joint Interim Committee on Student Success
Friday, May 25, 2018Woodburn School District instituted a K-12 dual-language program and International Baccalaureate program and broke the large high school into four smaller schools.
Education spending discussion dominates Student Success Committee roundtable
Thursday, May 10, 2018Joint Interim Committee on Student Success visited the North Clackamas School District, southeast of Portland, on Wednesday.
OSBA Legislative Policy Committee will keep focus on revenue reform, cost containment
Monday, April 30, 2018The OSBA Legislative Policy Committee reaffirmed over the weekend OSBA’s commitment to revenue reform and cost containment.
Student Success Committee peering at education from every angle
Thursday, April 26, 2018The bipartisan committee is traveling Oregon to gather ideas for a legislative plan to adequately fund K-12 public schools while improving Oregon education.
Student Success Committee listens to business leaders, school board members and others
Wednesday, April 25, 2018Eastern Oregon business leaders tell state legislators that schools should better prepare students for work through vocational programs and social-emotional development.
Calls for funding programs dominate Student Success Committee hearings
Friday, March 23, 2018School board members, students, parents, business leaders, community members, school administrators and other education advocates told legislators about successful programs that needed more support and areas where schools must do more.
Student Success Committee announces statewide tour schedule
Wednesday, March 21, 2018The Joint Interim Committee on Student Success announced Wednesday 10 meeting dates and locations for 2018.
Student Success Committee will hold public meeting Thursday in Eugene
Friday, March 16, 2018The committee is working to create a plan to improve Oregon K-12 public education and to provide adequate funding.
Upheavals make Oregon revenue difficult to predict, economists tell legislators
Friday, February 16, 2018The 2017-19 general fund forecast is up $145 million since the 2017 close of session forecast, according to the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis quarterly report.
Oregon needs to fix its school system, education advocates tell legislators
Friday, February 9, 2018The Joint Committee on Student Success heard Friday from business representatives, educators, statewide agencies and students about what schools are doing right and what they need to do.
Measure 101 passes, protecting health care for students
Wednesday, January 24, 2018Education advocates, including OSBA, were supporters of Measure 101. Students are better able to succeed in school when their health needs are being met.
Tuesday election affects students, school districts
Monday, January 22, 2018A no vote would repeal part of the tax and cost the state $210 million to $320 million in revenue and as much as $960 million in federal matching funds
Bill would force school districts to bargain with teachers over class sizes
Monday, January 22, 2018House Bill 4113 does not provide funding to pay for the additional teachers or classrooms that may be required to maintain specific class sizes.
Measure 101 approval protects students’ health, school districts’ budgets
Thursday, January 11, 2018A no vote would carve a huge hole in Oregon’s budget for 2017-19 that could potentially be filled with school funds.
OSBA supports “yes” vote on Measure 101
Friday, January 5, 2018State revenues, and therefore school budgets, are projected to fall by hundreds of millions of dollars if the measure fails; and limiting healthcare options to low-income families will tend to limit their educational opportunities.
Joint committee will explore Oregon education needs for 2019 session
Thursday, January 4, 2018The Oregon Legislature announced that the bipartisan Joint Committee on Student Success will tackle how to pay for a high-quality K-12 education system.
Legislative committee adopts report explaining inadequate education funding
Wednesday, January 3, 2018State law requires the Legislature to fund Oregon K-12 public education to a standard set by the Quality Education Committee or publish a report saying why funding has fallen short.
December revenue forecast shows steady growth
Wednesday, November 29, 2017The forecast for the 2017-19 general fund is down, but increases in lottery revenue and other offsets put the state’s total resources above the close-of-session forecast.
Ballot Measure 101 loss in January would threaten State School Fund
Tuesday, November 28, 2017Ballot Measure 101 could take a wrecking ball to Oregon’s budget on Jan. 23.
Report details why school funding isn’t reaching QEM goals
Wednesday, November 15, 2017Under a ballot measure passed by voters, since 2001 state law has required the Legislature to appropriate in each biennium enough money to meet the Quality Education Model.
Measure 98 grants available, and state keeps the process simple
Thursday, October 5, 2017Fill out a grant agreement with ODE and request reimbursement for money spent related to career and technical education, college readiness or dropout prevention.
School year begins with added emphasis on career and technical education
Friday, September 1, 2017Students around the state return to schools looking for ways to answer Measure 98’s career and technical education challenges.
Kicker announcement won’t affect State School Fund
Wednesday, August 23, 2017Oregon's September economic forecast makes kicker official
ODE announces Measure 98 grant amounts
Tuesday, August 22, 2017Every district and charter high school is eligible for funds from the $170 million the Legislature allocated for the High School Graduation and College and Career Readiness Fund.
Legislature passes $8.2 billion State School Fund; cuts looming
Tuesday, June 27, 2017Despite across-the-aisle agreement that the bill did not meet Oregon’s goals for education support, Senate Bill 5517 narrowly passed Tuesday in the House.
Tax reform discussion Thursday mostly concerned with business impacts
Thursday, June 15, 2017House Bill 2830 would replace Oregon’s corporate income tax with a gross receipts tax and send that money to a new Education Strategic Investment Fund.
Senators pass education funding bill while saying they want to add to it later
Thursday, June 8, 2017Senators stressed Thursday that they hope this funding bill will be the “floor” for the State School Fund.
‘8.2 just won’t do’ becomes rallying cry against proposed State School Fund figure
Tuesday, June 6, 2017Despite widespread committee agreement that $8.2 billion wasn’t enough for schools, the Joint Ways and Means Committee sent the K-12 education funding bill to the Senate floor Tuesday.
Subcommittee reshuffled to move bill calling for $8.2 billion State School Fund
Friday, June 2, 2017The amended Senate Bill 5517 will now move to the full Ways and Means Committee.
Potential kicker makes reaching adequate school funding harder
Tuesday, May 16, 2017In the bizarro world of state budget forecasting, more translates to less: Above-expected tax collections in Tuesday’s revenue forecast are causing headaches for legislators wrestling with a $1.4 billion budget shortfall.
ODE outlines work of Quality Education Commission
Monday, May 15, 2017The commission issues reports every two years outlining what steps Oregon should take to meet its 40-40-20 goals, and the cost of doing so.
Bill would alter Measure 98 to give schools more flexibility
Friday, April 21, 2017The changes contained in House Bill 2246-A were crafted with the approval of the Measure 98 campaign, the Confederation of School Administrators and OSBA.
Co-chairs present devastating look at $7.8 billion school funding
Friday, April 21, 2017Legislators gave a preview on April 17 of what is to come for schools if there is no deal on revenue and cost containment this session.
New OSBA advocacy materials aimed at #fundourschools
Thursday, April 20, 2017OSBA staff have created new materials to assist members with advocacy efforts in response to the co-chairs’ proposed K-12 budget figure of $7.8 billion.
Lawmakers propose deeper cuts to Oregon’s K-12 schools
Monday, April 17, 2017Proposal potentially will translate to staff cuts and reduced class offerings, lawmakers acknowledge.
Hearings on higher education funding bill also look at state’s future
Friday, March 31, 2017Senate Bill 5524 would allocate $2.79 billion for higher education in Oregon.
OSBA presses for bill to force Quality Education Model funding
Friday, March 17, 2017House Joint Resolution 4 is one proposal to fully fund Oregon’s Quality Education Model.
Resolution aims to force Legislature to fund QEM
Tuesday, March 14, 2017House Joint Resolution 4 is designed to tell the Legislature to fund the Quality Education Model.
Budget puts many missions of Oregon education on display
Friday, March 3, 2017The Joint Ways and Means Education Subcommittee began its work on the education budget with an overview of the Oregon Department of Education this week.
State Board of Education approves Measure 98 rules
Thursday, February 23, 2017The State Board of Education approved the rules to implement Measure 98 on Thursday.
Good news in new state budget forecast
Wednesday, February 22, 2017The Oregon March revenue forecast ticked up slightly, cutting the estimated budget shortfall by almost $200 million.
Measure 98 funding comes with challenges for districts
Tuesday, January 31, 2017During an ODE rules hearing, school officials outlined potential difficulties in creating and complying with new rules governing the act and its requirements.
K-12 education faces cuts in legislative budget framework
Friday, January 20, 2017Jan. 19 the co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means delivered a preview of the anticipated budget for the upcoming session.