Education Policy Agenda
Every Oregon Student Engaged, Empowered, and Future Ready
A seamless system of education from cradle to career, where every student graduates high school with a plan for their future.
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- On-time graduation rates have improved 5 percent under Governor Brown’s leadership.
- While more is needed, investment in Oregon’s public schools increased 22 percent since the Governor took office in 2015. In addition, Governor Brown secured $100 million in investments in early learning.
- Since 2015, the state has significantly increased investment in career-technical education (CTE) while leveraging business and industry partnerships to expand training in schools tied to jobs in their community.
- In 2017, the Governor secured $7.4 million to combat chronic absenteeism statewide, including $1 million to pilot trauma-informed practices.
- In 2017, the Governor championed an innovative statewide initiative to connect all Oregon teachers with professional learning and mentoring opportunities.
- Under Governor Brown’s leadership, Oregon became only the second state in the nation to help recent high school graduates shoulder the cost of a two-year community college degree. The Oregon Promise is now helping an additional 15,000 recent high school graduates attend community college.
Governor Brown’s Strategy Going Forward
High-quality preschool for low-income children
- Expand high-quality preschool in the next biennium to an additional 10,000 low-income children, and 40,000 children in this group by 2025
Improved class sizes in grades K-3
- Reduce averages to 20 students in kindergarten, 23 in grades one to three
Require a 180-day school year
- Ensure Oregon children receive sufficient instructional time
Ensure safe and effective schools
- Investments to not only improve the ability for students to have basic needs met, but allow them to thrive at school
Invest in Career and Technical Education and post-secondary pathways
Support world-class teachers and school leaders who reflect the communities they serve
- Guarantee that every Oregon student is provided with a jumpstart toward a college degree or hands-on, career-connected learning tied to a job in their community
- Make Oregon home to the best teachers in the nation
Every Oregon school district is accountable to investing resources that are tied to equitable student outcomes
- Ensure strategic decision-making at the school district level that is student- centered, equity-focused and ensures processes and practices are in place to drive learning and outcomes