Media Room

 REMARKS AS PREPARED

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Governor Kate Brown
PPS Administrators Leadership Event Remarks
Friday, August 9, 2019


Good morning.

I’m so delighted to be with all of you today to celebrate the historic reinvestment we just made in our schools with the Student Success Act. You are all dedicated to improving student outcomes, and I am very proud to partner with you on this shared goal.

The Student Success Act — a $2 billion additional investment into our schools — will provide opportunities for every student in Oregon, particularly our rural students and our students in communities of color. 

I am proud to say that we are finally funding our schools at a level our children deserve. And that together, we are building a world class educational system that will ensure every single student has the tools they need to succeed. 

To accomplish this goal, we must create a seamless system of education, from cradle to career, and to close the opportunity gap for our low-income students, our rural students, and our students in communities of color. 

Because I believe that how our state provides for the needs of our children is a marker of who we are as a community. So as we look to the new school year, let’s make sure that we expand access to all of our students.

As school administrators and school board leaders, you have an incredible role to play in achieving that goal and ensuring that every student has access to a well-rounded education. 

And it is so important that as this work is happening in our schools, we are simultaneously engaging communities outside of our schools. 

Parents and families play a vital role in the education of their children. Your leadership is key to making this happen.

As Governor, I have had the opportunity to speak to Oregonians from every single corner of the state. One thing that I constantly hear is that we need to work on supporting the social and emotional well-being of our students. I’ve heard it from students and teachers. I’ve heard it from school administrators and leaders like yourselves. And I’ve heard it from the courts and case workers. 

We can’t get this part wrong. As I launch into this effort to ensure our teachers and schools have these much-needed resources, I will need your partnership so that we can help our students who may be struggling with these issues. 

Too many students experience trauma, or are exposed to violence and abuse. I want our schools to be safe and welcoming environments for our students. And I want our educators to utilize trauma-informed and culturally sensitive practices. 

As we celebrate this exciting moment for education in Oregon, let’s make sure we focus on improving student outcomes for every single one of our students, and ensuring our schools are welcoming and inclusive to all. 

Our work has just begun.

The future for Oregon students shines bright with the promise of equity, access, and the chance to achieve their dreams. Because our students deserve nothing less.