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Gov. Kitzhaber signs key bill to create a "zero-to-20" education system in Oregon (June 28, 2011)

Governor Kitzhaber signs key bill to create a “zero-to-20” education system in Oregon

SB 909 Bill Signing

June 28, 2011

This is a big celebration – not just for the tremendous, tireless work of so many to fundamentally change our education system create better results for students, more resources for teachers, and a better return on taxpayer dollars, but also for Oregon’s children and the future of our state.

I want to thank everyone who helped pass this session’s ambitious education improvement agenda. We are setting in motion the most significant education reforms we’ve seen in two decades and taking on giant step toward achieving the goal of ensuring that 40 percent of Oregon students achieve at least two years of post-secondary education; and that 40 percent of all students achieve a bachelor’s degree or higher.  

I also want to thank the legislators on both side of the aisle who spearheaded this effort. It’s yet another example of the bipartisan work we’ve been able to do this session to help move our state forward. 

As you know SB909 is central to our education improvement agenda. With the Oregon Education Investment Board, we are changing the state’s role from funder to investor by taking the critical first step to creating an efficient and accountable “zero-to-20” education system that integrates early childhood services, K-12, and post-secondary education programs and bases investments on student performance.

The Board and its design teams will develop plans for consideration in the 2012 legislative session, including:

  • Focusing early childhood service to achieve child-centered outcomes.
  • Creating a budget and guidelines for grades 11 to 14 that encourages a seamless progression for high school and college achievement.
  • Streamlining relevant agencies and boards.
  • Redesigning education data collection into one system dedicated to measuring student success throughout the zero-to-20 continuum.
  • Making budget decisions based on evaluating the available resources and expected student outcomes.

I do want to make one thing clear: this bill is not a substitute for adequate education funding, and I am committed to securing more resources for education and making new investments in a zero-to-20 education system.

This is a great start, but we still have a lot of work ahead of us. I have no doubt that together we will be able to create a system that provides the support needed to ensure that every Oregon child arrives at school ready to learn, is reading by the end of first grade, and moves successfully through the education continuum into a good job.

There were many people who helped get this legislation passed, I would like to thank a few of those people and organizations Sandy Husk the Salem Keizer Superintendent; Sue Miller with the Salem Relief Nursery; Dick Alexander, Ready for School; Duncan Wyse, Oregon Business Council; Lynn Saxton; Pam Curtis; Oregon Business Association; Chalkboard Project; Stand for Children; American Federation of Teachers – Oregon; AFSCME; Higher Education advocates, OUS & Community Colleges; Oregon Education Investment Team; Superintendents Policy and Vision Group; Children’s Institute; Associated Oregon Industries; Children First for Oregon; Portland Business Alliance

Now before I sign the bill, I want to turn the podium over to Sue Miller with the Salem relief Nursery

 

 

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