Dem Legislature underfunded K-12 by an additional $29M


Oregon Senate Republicans

Bipartisan Committee Says Majority Democrats Left Education $1.8 Billion Short

Salem, Ore. – On Thursday, the Joint Special Committee on Public Education Appropriation revised an earlier assessment of K-12 education funding, approving a report stating Oregon schools were underfunded by $29 million more than originally believed.

“We were appalled in November to hear once again that the Democrat legislature egregiously underfunded our schools by over $1.785 billion dollars,” said Senator Fred Girod (R-Stayton), member of the Joint Special Committee. “To learn our school funding situation is worse than we thought is tough to swallow. If our colleagues across the aisle don’t start putting K-12 education first, we will never reverse abysmal graduation rates and student achievement levels.”

In November, the Committee reviewed and approved a report stating the 2015 legislature, led by Democrat majorities, underfunded K-12 education in Oregon by $1.785 billion. Now, that number appears to be $1.814 billion.

Senators Arnie Roblan (D) and Rod Monroe (D) both voted to approve the report acknowledging their underinvestment in education.

“Republicans advocated tirelessly for full funding for K-12 education during the 2015 session,” explained Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend). “If Democrats had been willing to sacrifice their pet partisan policies, we could have allocated a sufficient level of funding to not just keep schools afloat, but reverse course on deteriorating educational outcomes in Oregon schools. With massive PERS bills about to hit school districts, we can’t wait any longer to prioritize school funding and PERS reform and give our children the educational opportunities they deserve.”

  • thevillageidiot

    This is a very old but very successful method of increasing spending and then going back for more taxes by saying it is for the children, mothers and elderly. the next move for the session following the election will be to increase revenues. nowhere will spending be cut. Watch out for bond measures that fall outside tax limit increases especially property taxes. It is rather odd that the shoe is on the other foot but Republicans will not decrease spending either. How else do they buy voters.

  • HBguy

    Besides eduction spending, there are three other categories of spending.
    Courts and Public Safety 15.9%
    Human services. 25.6%
    Other 6.8%
    That means an average cut of 16% in those other categories.
    And, as Sen. Knopp points out with the multi billion dollar hole in he budget with th coming PERs increases, Medicare expansion and Cadillac health care bill, the loss of services in human services and public safety would double that cut. Can we really cut every other service level including jails, public safety, courts, foster care, health care for seniors, etc. by upwards of 20-30%?
    I’m all a bout increasing education, it’s actually taken the biggest hit over the past 20 years. (Really…see the link below for complete TABOR analysis). But where will the revenue come from? Even if you passed every PERS reform that is constitutional , which I think you should, you can’t come up with the money.

  • Matthew Vantress

    Schools have received more money every single school year since measure five passed. I wonder how many of the legislators have ever looked at what schools really actually get which is millions more than they think.Lack of funding ain’t the problem it’s school spending and endless pandering to teachers unions.