Oregon Gov. Kate Brown wants to tap nearly $2 billion more for schools while the state’s economy is strong and a legislative committee prepares a multi-billion dollar package and education policy road map.
Over the last two decades, the Oregon State Legislature has consistently financed schools at about 21 to 38 percent below what its own research suggested districts needed to be successful.
Brown says this has left districts with large classes, small staffs and outdated buildings and materials, some of the factors contributing to Oregon’s low graduation rate.
She wants to change that for 2019-21, calling on lawmakers to fill the gap.
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