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Governor Kitzhaber calls special session to boost education funding and turn the corner on teacher layoffs and lost school days

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber will convene a Special Session of the Oregon Legislature at 8:00 am Monday, September 30, 2013. In his proclamation, the Governor called on legislators to boost education funding, restore school days, turn the corner on teacher layoffs and provide tuition relief. The Governor and legislative leaders have agreed on a framework that combines cost savings from additional PERS reforms and new revenue to fund education, mental health and senior services, and provide targeted tax relief for small business owners and working families. 

“We have an opportunity right now to boost education funding and turn the corner on teacher layoffs and lost school days this year,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “Oregon is on the right track, but we have unfinished business. I urge the Legislature to come together to invest in Oregon students. We need to get it done for Oregon's children, for Oregon's economy, for Oregon's future.” 
 
Governor Kitzhaber is convening the special session under his authority pursuant to Article V, section 12, of the Oregon Constitution.
 
Link to Proclamation:
http://www.oregon.gov/gov/docs/SpecialSession2013.pdf

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