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A one-time $500,000 General Fund appropriation was approved for a study of the impacts of State School Fund spending and to determine if this spending pattern results in disparities between students who are black, indigenous or people of color (BIPOC) and those who are not BIPOC students. The Oregon Department of Education will award a contract to an experienced researcher who has done research on exploring and modeling education finance policy and practice including research on the effects of fiscal policies and implications on resources at the school and classroom levels. The researcher awarded the contract should have completed at least one multi-year study of weighted student funding. The Department is to provide support and data for the researcher(s). The Department should also appoint an advisory committee with representatives from various educational advocacy and community groups with experience working with historically underserved students. This committee is to review variations in school level spending across multiple types of expenditures across 25 school districts, and to review the proportion of diverse teachers and students. The Department is to submit a report with the results and findings of the study and advisory committee by December 15, 2022.
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