What I Believe

Oregonians need and deserve better.

 With the 5th largest class size in the country (NEA 2017 Annual Report), our graduation rates are in the bottom quarter nationwide. We are 28th of 50 states in what we spend per student (GOVERNING magazine, 2015).    Oregonians need and deserve better .

With the 5th largest class size in the country (NEA 2017 Annual Report), our graduation rates are in the bottom quarter nationwide. We are 28th of 50 states in what we spend per student (GOVERNING magazine, 2015).

Oregonians need and deserve better.

  • High-quality public schools are the cornerstone of a cohesive and flourishing society

  • Good public education is the portal to economic opportunity
  • Oregon isn’t at the bottom of the barrel on public education, but we are way too far from the top.
  • We’re headed in the right direction. Technical and career-track programs are lifting graduation rates and community colleges are partnering with Oregon businesses in ways that ready more Oregonians for family-wage jobs. 

Action We Need

  • Keep building on our gains. Recent dropout-reduction strategies are working, and would work better with “wrap-around” services that get students to school ready to learn. More service integration is needed.
  • Support initiatives by local communities to improve their schools (e.g., Medford’s Pathways Project, where high school sophomores declare a “major” and then get related training and support from local businesses).
  • Make sure community colleges, with their solid record of cost-effective workforce training, have the funding they need.
  • THE BIG ONE: instead of scrambling for fiscal bandaids each session, pass comprehensive reform like the Oregon Education Investment Initiative, introduced in 2017.  The OEII is a smart strategic package that would boost education funding some $1.4 billion through cost containment and a restructuring of our corporate tax system.
  • Build majority support for the OEII around the state by improving education performance measurements so that more Oregonians gain confidence that their tax dollars are well-spent.
  • Explore possible cost savings through shifting school employee healthcare to coordinated care organizations, building a larger and larger pool to bring down per-person premiums. This would be a major step to making Oregon the first “public option” state for universal healthcare.
 
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Anne Batzer

Educator, Author and Longtime Rogue Valley volunteer

 

"Having a senator with Jeff Golden’s integrity, energy and proven effectiveness would be wonderful for southern Oregon.”