Statements about Education
Says "Did you know that if you accepted the District's proposal today you would have NO pay increase for 4 years? Seven years of frozen wages = Disrespect."
Says "$1,100 of the tuition paid by every Oregon university student annually goes just to pay the costs of PERS."
Says "PPS employees have paid their own PERS contributions for many years."
Says we will pay the new chancellor "a basic salary of nearly $300,000 a year ... an amount that does not include the costs of this public employee’s benefits, perks and living expenses for a lavish house, an upscale car, a spending allowance, and fine dining almost every day on the taxpayer dollar."
Says "in this next biennium, the cost of primary and secondary education is going to increase by more that $1000 per student. Half of that $1000 – $500 per student – is accounted for by the increased cost of PERS alone."
"It costs $10,000 a year to keep a child in school; it costs $30,000 a year to keep someone in prison."
Says "last year the graduation rate for our combined six-district footprint jumped 5.5 percent."
Says the state is required "pick up 70 percent of the cost" of K-12 education.
Says Julie Parrish "voted to divert $160 million from public schools to private for-profit schools."
Says it will cost $220 per square foot in hard construction costs to rebuild Portland Public high schools.
"Portland Schools spend $500K to deem PB&J sandwiches racist."
Says Minnesota has more Fortune 500 companies than Oregon and "one of the most obvious differences is they've invested in their schools."
"We’re spending $12,000 bucks a kid a year in the school system."
"Oregon schools receive millions of dollars per year in federal school lunch assistance and yet they are required to spend that money almost anywhere but Oregon."
Says, "Yet in Salem they have traditionally waited until the money is almost gone to pay for the most important things in our state’s budget."
Say Portland Public Schools' central administration makes up less than 4 percent of the staff.
Says "only 18 percent of Portland elementary schools have art instruction compared to 83 percent nationally."
Says Jeff Reardon cut elementary school music classes, art instruction, teaching positions, basketball and volleyball programs, and he voted to raise school lunch prices.
Says "I worked with our Mayor and other commissioners to help save the school year when a budget crisis in Salem threatened to cut four weeks of the school year," including negotiating with teachers to work for free.
Says "at the state level we're spending more on tax expenditures than we are on public safety, health care and education combined."
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