Proposed Budget Released
Today, Tuesday, March 29, the Co-Chairs of the Joint Ways and Means Committee (the folks charged with drafting budgets for K12, community colleges and all other critical state-supported services) released their proposed budget. The budget for community colleges, according to the Co-Chairs, is “near or above the Governor’s recommended budget” of $410 million.
The proposed budget for K12 is $5.7 billion.
This is an unacceptable and devastating level of investment in our schools. The $5.7 billion is an initial appropriation and schools would have the opportunity to add $56 million more in the second year of the biennium, depending on the economy. The Co-Chairs budget utilizes $100 million of the Education Stability Fund (ESF), but leaves nearly $200 million of ESF dollars behind.
In response, OEA President Gail Rasmussen joined education advocates to ask the legislature to do better and invest more from the Education Stability Fund. For every $100 million more invested in schools, it’s the equivalent of protecting nearly 1,110 educator jobs or avoiding cutting a full week of school for all Oregon students.
This is where you come in! We need you to:
1) Contact both your State Representative and State Senator Today! Tell them:
• Oregon students need you to Invest in Schools Now!
• Use available reserves and the rainy day fund TODAY to avoid more layoffs, lost programs and cut days.
Investing now in schools is the pathway out of our economic crisis.
Applications are now being accepted for the 20010-2011 School Year
Careers in Education Scholarship for High School Students (.pdf)
Due April 8th, 2011
CONTACT FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Cyrus Harshfield, Scholarship Committee Chair, 503-674-5500