Senator Knopp testifies in support of $8 billion K-12 budget

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Oregon Senate Republicans

Salem, OR – Today, Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend) testified in the Joint Ways & Means Subcommittee on Education in support of an $8 billion K-12 budget. Knopp testified in favor of the -1 amendment to SB 5017 that mirrors his earlier bill, SB 642, to give $765 million more to the State School Fund than currently recommended in the Democrat Co-Chair’s budget framework.

“We must stop shortchanging our kids by allocating funds to other state agencies first and giving schools the leftovers,” said Senator Knopp. “Not only does an $8 billion budget exceed current service levels, it allows school districts to invest much-needed resources in targeted, strategic programs that enable students to succeed.”

Recent economic growth has significantly increased state revenue this biennium. Knopp’s proposal allocates the additional revenue directly to Oregon classrooms, allowing the legislature to fully fund K-12 education without raising taxes. In his testimony, Senator Knopp emphasized the correlation between more jobs for Oregonians and stronger funding for state schools.

“Creating family-wage jobs is a key part of ensuring a fully funded, stable K-12 budget,” explained Senator Knopp. “Without a strong economy, we will have to continually place the education budget on the chopping block. The legislature needs to focus on creating jobs and growing the economy so we don’t fall short in funding our schools.”

Superintendents and educators across Oregon expressed their support for an $8 billion State School Fund budget.

“During my seven years as superintendent of Bend-La Pine Schools I have watched the continued decline in the portion of our available state resources going towards our schools,” said Ron Wilkinson, Bend-La Pine School District Superintendent. “I see this bill as one of the first genuine efforts to put money along with the words and make K-12 education a priority in our state again. $8 billion strategically invested in our schools will truly make a difference for kids.”

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  • Bob Clark

    Too big an increase for a public school monopoly which refuses to reform, and seeks instead to diminish the good challenge of competing with other school models/alternatives. competition has not hurt the U.S postal service, and service has gotten better than otherwise. The same would likely follow with more school choice. Don’t give the gorilla even more without making him work for it. School Choice or keep the gorilla on a diet.

  • thevillageidiot

    Show one time in the last 40 years that increased school funding has improved the outcomes; whatever you want to measure. Who made the ex-gov god to determine that the state needed X number of college degrees, Y number of technical degrees and z number of some higher ed.
    Senator Knopp is deluded. as is Dan Lucas regarding the increased school funding. It might be worth it if the outcomes changed but they do not.

    • Star Wars luckless .

      Knopp knot on my paradign.

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