School Funding

About 60 teachers and supporters marched through downtown Wednesday after school as part of a statewide action in support of increased school funding. They back proposed state legislation that would help reduce class size and restore cut programs like career classes, music, and PE. It would also boost mental and behavioral health resources, expand early childhood learning opportunities statewide, work to boost graduation rates and fund dropout prevention programs. The proposed Student Success Act, HB 3427, would invest $2 billion directly into K-12 schools by taxing corporations through a commercial activities tax. Backers say the act would address historic disinvestment in education that has led to large class sizes, low graduation rates, gaps in needed services and too little instructional time over the last 30 years. While schools in other districts around Oregon closed classes and staged walk-outs, teachers locally waited until after school was out to show support for the legislation. A joint committee in 2018 visited 77 schools and asked educators, students and community members what changes were needed. The result of that work was the proposed legislation.

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