School board chair: Oregon education fund requires $9.6 billion
The pandemic has taken a toll on our students over the past year-plus — particularly those living in poverty and in our Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities.
That is why it is more important than ever that Oregon focuses its attention and funding priorities on our K-12 schools.
Instead, legislators are considering underfunding the State School Fund by $500 million. School budget officials have concluded that just to keep pace on paying the bills over the next two years our schools need $9.6 billion — not the $9.1 billion currently under consideration.
Just two years ago our legislators took the bold step of passing the Student Success Act, designed to address inequities in our schools and provide greater resources to our historically underserved students.
Those same students cannot afford to face new inequities because we are not providing our schools with needed resources. After a year of unfinished education and increased social emotional challenges, investing in our kids is paramount.
Please join me in urging legislators to fully fund our schools at $9.6 billion.
Libra Forde is chair of the North Clackamas School Board and a member of the Oregon School Boards Association Board of Directors.
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