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Press Release: February 11, 2011

Governor Kitzhaber Launches Early Childhood to College Education Strategy 

Creating a more integrated, efficient and accountable education system – from early childhood through K-12 and post-secondary education – is the goal of the Oregon Education Investment Team created by Governor Kitzhaber today.  The Team – created by Executive Order -- will develop strategies to create a seamless zero to 20 education system, with the goal of ensuring that children enter school ready and able to learn, teachers have the support and resources to teach, and high school graduates are prepared to pursue college and careers.

“We must break down the funding and governance silos that have become barriers to effective teaching and student achievement,” said Governor Kitzhaber.  “We have an opportunity to change course today to provide better outcomes for our students, more resources for educators and a more prosperous future for Oregon.”

The Oregon Education Investment Team will propose policy and system changes and integrate recommendations from the Governor’s transition teams on early childhood success, K-12 and post-secondary education.  The Team will outline a budget and policy framework in a report due May 31, 2011.

The Oregon Education Investment Team is charged to:

  • Ensure children enter school ready and able to learn by creating an accountable, streamlined system for early childhood and family investment for implementation in the second year of the biennium;
  • Seek cost-savings and efficiencies within the K-12 system to increase resources available for classroom teaching in the second year of the biennium; and
  • Design a unified, performance-based zero to 20 budget model for consideration by the 2012 legislature.

For the Executive Order, read here: http://governor.oregon.gov/Gov/docs/executive_orders/eo_1102.pdf

For the Early Childhood and Family Investment Transition report, read here: http://governor.oregon.gov/Gov/docs/priorities/Early_Childhood_Transition_Report.pdf

Media Contacts:
Tim Raphael, 503-689-6117
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324

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