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Press Release: April 21, 2011

Governor Kitzhaber Commends Senate Committee Passage of Oregon Education Investment Board and Signs K-12 Budget

(Salem, Ore.) — Governor Kitzhaber today applauded the Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee for its bipartisan vote in support of Senate Bill 909, creating the Oregon Education Investment Board.  He also reiterated his commitment to creating a stable funding floor for the entire continuum of education – from early childhood through K-12 and post-secondary education and training after signing K-12 funding bills into law.

“With our actions today, Oregon takes an important step in shifting the debate about education from a simplistic focus on the K-12 budget to a more thoughtful discussion about changes needed to deliver better results for students, more resources for teachers and a better return on taxpayer dollars,” said Governor Kitzhaber.

Among today’s important developments on improving education:

  • Legislative leadership committed to fund early childhood services and post-secondary education budgets to at least the levels including the Governor’s Recommended Budget – using up to $76 million from the ESF if necessary.
  • The Governor signed Enrolled Senate Bill 5552 and Enrolled Senate Bill 5553, which together establish a $5.7 billion budget for K-12 schools for the 2011 biennium – a level achieved with the use of $100 million from the Education Stability Fund (ESF).
  • The Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee approved Senate Bill 909, establishing the Oregon Education Investment Board, a key priority in achieving the Governor’s goal of creating a seamless zero-20 education system, integrating early childhood services with K-12 and post-secondary education and training.

“I look forward to continuing to work with the legislature on addressing the structural, funding and governance changes necessary to create a more accountable, integrated and innovative public education system in Oregon,” said Governor Kitzhaber.

For Governor Kitzhaber’s signing statement on Senate Bills 5552 and 5553

Letter from the Governor to Oregon Business Association on key education improvement bills

Audio of the Governor on Education

Media Contacts:
Christine Miles, 503-559-8795
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324

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