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Education and Child Care

Every Oregon child should have a safe place to receive a high-quality public education, and every working family needs access to affordable child care options. Before serving in the Oregon House, Tina advocated for children as the policy director for Children First for Oregon. She knows the importance of strong systems that support working families and will make sure children have what they need to succeed and graduate from high school.

Tina’s Priorities for Improving Educational Outcomes

  • Improve Oregon’s graduation rates to 90% for all student groups by 2027.
  • Make sure all children are reading by third grade by ensuring educators have the training and ongoing coaching they need to follow the science of reading and students who are behind get the time and intensive support they need to read on grade level by third grade.
  • Reduce the time dedicated to standardized testing and focus on real-time assessments to monitor student learning.
  • Ensure all high school students complete a financial literacy and life skills course where they learn budgeting, being smart with their money, resume writing, time management and other practical skills they need to be ready for the future.
  • Accelerate career and technical education program growth so more students graduate with pathways to well-paying jobs.
  • Increase educational achievement for rural youth and youth of color by expanding investments in community-led initiatives.
  • Increase family and community engagement in our schools as part of the local planning process of how to utilize Student Success Act resources.
  • Oppose any effort to undermine public schools by providing taxpayer dollars to private schools in the name of “school choice.”
  • Fight for additional common sense gun violence prevention policies that keep our children and our educators safer.
  • Invest in Oregon’s child care system by restoring child care capacity that was lost during the pandemic, maximizing federal dollars to expand access to pre-K for Oregon families, and improving access to infant and toddler care by cutting the red tape that limits where home-based child care providers can operate.