URGENT: Oregon Schools Need Your Help Today!
As the legislature works to bring the 2011 session to a close, a deal is being made that will have a profoundly negative impact on our schools. Lawmakers are working behind closed doors to hold money for our schools hostage to bad public policy bills. Legislators are looking to horse trade $25 million in additional school funding in exchange for bills that would:
- expand charter schools at the same time we're being forced to close public schools all over the state,
- revoke enrollment policies, causing more financial havoc for already-struggling districts,
- force public schools to pay for students to attend for-profit virtual, charter schools,
- take money out of emergency school reserves and use it to fund a private, merit-pay program.
Oregon’s teachers, parents, and education advocates are speaking out against this bad deal. We need to tell legislators that these bad policy ideas don't make sense for students and would only take money and resources out of our classrooms.
We need your help TODAY! This deal is being made NOW and your legislators and the governor need to hear from you.
- This package is a bad deal for public education!
- The so-called education package will shift money away from our schools, inflicting long-term damage on our students.
- Work with educators and education advocates to improve the bills, and if you can't make them better, VOTE NO!!
Across the state, schools are facing deep, painful cuts. The students in these schools can’t afford for lawmakers to play games with their future. We’ve spent the last few months compiling news clips from around the state, and have provided them here for you to read.
The evidence is staggering. Our schools are hurting. It’s time to act.
Districts across Oregon look to school closures for savings
District urged to keep three schools open
Lake Oswego board votes to close 3 schools over the next 2 years
Salem-Keizer district to cut schools, teachers
Salem-Keizer Schools proposed budget includes loss of 228 teachers
Salem Statesman Journal
A look at when cuts hit the classroom
Can Beaverton schools afford to lose these positions?
School workers get bad news on layoffs
Beaverton school district employees agree to furlough days, pay cuts
Beaverton Valley Times
South Eugene choir students are vocal about teacher's layoff
OCSD will cut 10 days after bond failure; incumbents to victories
Oregon City News Online
Portland School Board votes to cut teachers, shorten Outdoor School
Salem-Keizer weighs cuts to sports, teachers
Forest Grove students' play, a proactive protest to school budget cuts, opens May 12
Cuts: How deep is too deep?
Oregon City News
Library backers urge school board to reconsider cuts
Full-day kindergarten hit by Medford budget axe
Hard times ahead for Salem school district
The Lower Columbia Daily News
Budget cuts threaten S-K district programs for at-risk youth
Schools' music program cuts could cost talent, opportunities
School supporters speak in defense of programs at budget hearing
Salem-Keizer cuts target school librarians
School districts feel pinch of 'new normal'
Schools' short year burdens districts
Sharing the (budget) pain
Salem-Keizer schools' budget has no more room to grow
District ready to decide on cuts