Rep. Cramer: Two school access bills advance

Bills to Make Education More Accessible Clear First Committee Votes
State Representative Tracy Cramer,

SALEM, OR – Bipartisan votes from the House Education Committee helped House Bills 3236 and 3204 clear their first hurdle yesterday. Two of Representative Cramer’s priorities, these bills will expand access to educational options for families.

HB 3236 will dedicate funding to Willamette Career Academy, a local career technical education program that serves Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties. The bill now heads to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, where it will get a full financial analysis.

HB 3204 would shorten regulatory timelines for at-risk students who want to transfer to virtual charter schools. These shortened timelines will help ensure less time out of the classroom by making the transfer faster and easier for students.

“I was proud to work in a bipartisan way with committee members on both of these bills to come to a compromise that both sides could live with,” Cramer (R-Gervais) said. “I will continue working to make it easier and more accessible for students and families to freely choose the education that best fits their needs. We have a long way to go to make choice a reality for all families, but these two bills are small steps in the right direction.”