Statements about Education

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."

"Between 1982 and 2007 the cost of a college education increased 439 percent."

Says "if we raise the number of third-graders who read at a third-grade level, we affect everything, from graduation rates to incarceration rates."

Says 77 percent "of Portland's students finish elementary school without taking even one art class."

House Bill 2301 never had a public hearing

Per-student K-12 state funding for Portland Public Schools has dipped from $6,036 in the 2007-2008 school year to $5,644 in the 2010-2011 school year

"For every one ESD superintendent position, we can pay for three speech pathologists, or three special needs instructors, or three classroom teachers."

Undocumented students who qualify for in-state Oregon tuition are "actively working toward U.S. citizenship."

Says John Kitzhaber’s proposed budget for upcoming biennium represents 8 percent increase over last

"Governor’s proposed budget raids K-12 school funds to grow DHS again."

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