Action Needed, Call Your Legislators:
School Improvement Account Leave out Charter School Students
The Oregon legislature and Governor are hoping to raise close to $2 billion in new revenue for schools during this legislative session. The Joint Committee on Student Success is tasked with developing the policy package to improve student success and design the new revenue to fund that package.
Right now, the Joint Committee on Student Success (JCSS) is considering using the 12-year old School Improvement Account (a state grant program) as the mechanism for flowing new revenue generated for education to local school districts.
The School Improvement Account is established for the purpose of funding grants that districts can use to increase student achievement and reduce academic disparities for economically disadvantaged students, students from racial or ethnic groups that have historically experienced academic disparities, students with disabilities, and students who are English language learners.The School Improvement Account, does not currently allow public charter schools access to these new funds.
On Thursday, April 11, the JCSS will be holding a public hearing to discuss HB 2019 and the School Improvement Account. Legislators need to hear from you: Charter School students deserve to be included in the Account.
We need your help this week! What you can do to help:
Call or email Senate and House Leadership offices. (Find that information here)
Provide written testimony to the Joint Committee on Student Success (instructions here)
Show up to testify in person at the State Capitol (details here, let us know you're coming by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org)
For more information please contact Iris Maria Chávez at or 504-701-3931