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Administrators plan Oct. 21 community input sessions to develop a plan for Student Success Act funding

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Administrators plan Oct. 21 community input sessions to develop a plan for Student Success Act funding.

The Student Success Act marks a turning point for education in Oregon, and the Crook County School District has an important role to play.

We need your input to help develop a plan to best meet the needs of our students and our community.

Our district will host two community input sessions on Monday, Oct. 21 in the Barnes Butte Elementary Library. One begins at 4 p.m. and the other at 5:30 p.m.

Signed into law in May of 2019, the Student Success Act is a historic opportunity for Oregon schools. When fully implemented, this act will invest approximately $2 billion for early learning and K-12 education, and close to $500 million will go directly to Oregon school districts and eligible charter schools through the Student Investment Account. This funding is delivered through a non-competitive grant.

The focus of the Student Investment Account is on key areas for improvement – from reducing class size, increasing instructional time, addressing health and safety needs and ensuring a well-rounded education.

The law requires school districts to meaningfully engage stakeholders to determine the best investments for students in their local community while explicitly focusing on student mental and behavior health, addressing disparities based on race or disability, and improving teaching and learning conditions.

When fully implemented, our state will see an additional $1 billion investment in education each year.

This offers a new opportunity to improve outcomes for students who have been historically underserved by our system.

The Crook County School District is required to develop a plan for how we want to invest additional education funding, but we cannot write this plan alone.

District families and our community partners play an important part in helping us better understand what's working well for students and where we can partner and improve.

We need your help and support. Our plan must be developed with broad input from staff, students, families and the community. We want your voices in this conversation to make absolutely sure we are representing each and every student in our community.

We will use your input to help us develop or adjust our strategic plan for the next several years and determine how we will seek to use the funds now available to us.

We want to hear from everyone, including students and families of color; students with disabilities; emerging bilingual students; students navigating poverty, homelessness, and foster care; and other students who have historically experienced disparities in our schools.

Together, we get to determine how to improve support by getting your input on these top five priorities specified in the new law:

1. Reducing academic disparities for students

2. Meeting students' mental or behavioral health needs

3. Providing equitable access to academic courses

4. Allowing teachers and staff to have sufficient time to collaborate with other teachers and staff; review data on students' grades, absences and discipline, based on school and on grade level or course; and develop strategies to ensure that at-risk students stay on track to graduate.

5. Establishing and strengthening partnerships

Will you join us in developing a plan for our students' success?

Please attend a community input session that best fits your schedule. They are planned for 4 to 5 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 in the Barnes Butte Elementary Library, 1875 NE Ironhorse Drive in Prineville. We will provide refreshments.

You may also contact us directly to share your input. Call 541-416-4209 to schedule an individual input session.

Crook County School District Communication and Event Specialist Holly Scholz may be reached at 541-416-4209 or HYPERLINK "mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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