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Oregon Legislature 'considering taking a step backward' in reducing fund by $300 million

As president of the Oregon Parent Teacher Association (PTA), I work alongside a group of committed parents advocating for Oregon children's health, well-being and educational success. We want every child to be able to reach their full potential — and to do so very often requires ensuring our schools have the resources students need.Kristi Dille

We were thrilled when, in 2019, the Oregon Legislature passed landmark school funding with the Student Success Act, but now they are considering taking a step backward by reducing our State School Fund by $300 million — a difference that would have a real impact on districts across Oregon.

In my home district of North Clackamas, this cut would significantly reduce our budget for maintaining current services for the next school year. That level reduction would mean eliminating teaching positions or cutting school days from our district calendar.

Our students deserve better — especially as they continue to endure the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Our schools are stepping up in major ways to keep education on track for our students. We can't afford cuts to our basic operating budget — and neither can our kids. Join me in urging legislators to fund the State School Fund at $9.6 billion.

Kristi Dille is a resident of the North Clackamas School District.


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