Superintendent Don Grotting recently shared an Action Alert requesting that community members support recent efforts to adequately fund public education in Oregon. The alert said the following:
The legislature is currently considering a $2 billion (per biennium) additional investment in education. The proposal they are considering would bring greater fairness to the state’s tax system while raising additional revenue for schools. It would invest exclusively in pre-K through high school in a targeted way that ensures accountability of resources while protecting the current base. This is potentially a transformative moment for education and our legislature must not let it pass.
Please take a few minutes of your time to send an email to your legislators and urge them to adequately fund public education.
Go to https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/FindYourLegislator/leg-districts.html where you will find a simple way to look up the email addresses for both your Senate and House members.
I would ask that you please CC: firstname.lastname@example.org so we can support your efforts.
Tell your story! Please tell your legislators what your dream is for public education and for your kids, grandkids, neighborhood kids, etc. We’ve all seen the impact of reductions, but we need to focus on what we want as we look to grow public education in Oregon. Keep your Email simple and focus on key messages:
Fund education adequately! Support the proposal from the Joint Committee for Student Success (House Bill 2019) to create a $2 billion investment in our kids.
Talk about your dream of what our education system should be and can be when we make true investments.
Your belief that your kids’ success, or Oregon’s success, requires quality schools and that the status quo is NOT GOOD ENOUGH.
Give an example of the situation in your neighborhood school.
Talk about the need for smaller classes, increased learning time, and/or greater supports for kids.
Ask them to show the leadership you elected them for and to solve this problem and fund schools.
As a supporter of public schools, how can you help? Become Informed and Speak Up!
Read the flyer below from Invest in Oregon with additional steps about how you can help.
Attend public meetings and/or send comments regarding the budget - find opportunities to comment and upcoming meetings on the 2019-202 Budget Year webpage.