Governor supports outdoor education ballot measure

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Governor supports outdoor education ballot measure

5:14 p.m. PDT August 9, 2016

Governor Kate Brown announced her support for Measure 99 this week.

The Save Outdoor School for All ballot measure proposes setting aside 4 percent of lottery proceeds, not to exceed $22 million annually, to fund a full week of Outdoor School programming for every Oregon fifth- or sixth-grader.

The money would come from unallocated lottery funds — dollars that are not allocated to any other permanent program currently supported by lottery revenues. Currently, unallocated lottery funds are used at the discretion of the Legislature.

“There’s no better way to develop a bond with our natural environment than spending time outdoors,” Brown said in a statement. “That connection is an important part of growing up in Oregon and is fundamental to instilling the values of conservation in our children.

“While I support the measure, I will preserve funding for important economic development programs currently funded by the lottery.”

Outdoor School proponents said key benefits range from short- and long-term economic development, positive economic impact and improved student performance, to helping support Oregon’s natural resources and way of life.

Districts and individual schools will have the opportunity to select which outdoor program they would like.

For more information on the measure, go to outdoorschoolforall.org.

Contact Natalie Pate at npate@StatesmanJournal.com, 503-399-6745 or follow on Twitter @Nataliempate or http://www.Facebook.com/nataliepatejournalist

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Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is the education reporter for the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon. Natalie has previously worked for organizations and publications such as Direct Relief International, Waging Non-Violence, and Amnesty International USA. She has had stories published with USA Today, Associated Press and Ozy, among others. Natalie earned her B.A. in Politics and French and Francophone Studies (FFS) from Willamette University. During her studies, she wrote a Politics thesis titled, "No One is Dying: How and Why the U.S. Federal Government Avoids Executing Prisoners on Federal Death Row" and an FFS thesis, in French, on cannibalism in the 16th and 17th centuries. Natalie is a journalist, performer, traveler, fiction writer and more. She is working to publish her dystopian novella, "Choice," which follows a man during 24 hours in solitary confinement for allegedly committing murder. For more information on Natalie visit www.about.me/natalie_pate, like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nataliepatejournalist, or follow Natalie on Twitter (@Nataliempate) or Tumblr (Nataliempate blog "In the Shoes of a Journalist"). Her reporting with the Statesman Journal can also be found at www.StatesmanJournal.com.

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