Flexibility Is Key: The Next Generation of Parental Choice Solutions

By Kathryn Hickok Families in five states now have access to a special program called Educational Savings Accounts. Educational Saving Accounts, or ESAs, allow parents to take money the state otherwise would spend on their children in the public system … Continue reading

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Report: State employee salaries rising while K-12 underfunded

Oregon Senate Republicans LFO Report Reveals State Employee Salaries Rising While K-12 Education Budget Remains Underfunded Salem, Ore. – Last week, Oregon’s Legislative Fiscal Office (LFO) reported the average cost for a state employee in 2015, including salary and benefits, … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:52 | Posted in Education, PERS, Public Employee Unions, State Budget | 3 Comments

Choosing safety of schoolchildren over comfort of lobbyists and politicians

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The System Can Work as Intended One of the most important duties of the members of the Legislative Assembly is to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent to best benefit the public. This often involves making … Continue reading

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PERS liability falls $8 billion short of 2015 target

by Sen. Tim Knopp Senator Knopp Warns of Budget Cuts if Legislature Fails to Fix PERS Now Bend, Ore. – Earlier this week, Oregon’s Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) Board received an earnings report on the current status of the … Continue reading

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Extending Oregon’s Public School Open Enrollment Law Empowers Parents

By Kathryn Hickok Last week the Oregon State Senate passed an extension of Oregon’s open enrollment law, Senate Bill 1566. The bill extends for three more years the sunset provision of a 2011 law which allows students to attend public … Continue reading

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Full funding of K-12 fails on party-line vote in Oregon Senate

Oregon Senate Republicans Salem, Ore. – Yesterday, Senate Democrats killed a bill on the Senate floor that would have mandated a minimum of 28% of state funds go toward K-12 education and public safety. In contrast, Washington State allocated 46% … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:18 | Posted in Education, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, State Budget | 3 Comments

Oregon Legislature Should Continue Open Enrollment in Public Schools

By Bobbie Jager  On Sunday the fifth-annual National School Choice Week concluded, and states across the nation have had much to celebrate. In the past decade, choice advocates across the political spectrum have worked to pass legislation including full funding for … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Oregon Government, Portland, Portland Politics, Portland Schools, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

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