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A Clean Slate

open cell with marijuanaState Rep. Ann Lininger, D-38, co-chaired the legislature’s joint committee charged with figuring out the whys and wherefores of legalized marijuana.

Not covered by that committee was the notion that people who are serving long terms for something which is now legal should start seeing less jail time. President Obama recently joined in supporting this idea nationally.

Lininger reports on how the Oregon legislature addressed these issues with its own versions.

A Session Wrap-Up from Rep. Jeff Reardon

(Copied from Rep. Reardon’s email)

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Friends & Neighbors:

After months of preparation, long hours on the House floor, and consideration of thousands of bills, last week the Oregon Legislature finished the 2015 session a few days ahead of schedule.

I’m extremely proud of the work we accomplished and even happier to know that my top priorities—to strengthen career and technical education, to protect pollinator health, and to make East Portland safer—will all be signed into law soon.

As a legislature, we worked together to pass bills that directly benefit thousands of Oregonians. We began to repair the K-12 funding gap that was created during the recession by budgeting an historic $7.4B for public schools. We invested $35M in career technical education and science, technology, engineering and math so that our students are prepared for the high-tech jobs of their generation. We asked universities to find a way provide students with a meaningful degree for an affordable price.

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Positive Steps Made By Democratic Legislature

ann lininger.drop shadowIn case you’re looking for a solid summary of activities in the recently concluded legislative session, Rep. Ann Lininger, D-Lake Oswego, pretty much says it all here. It was a very positive session for Democrats, who held controlling majorities in both houses. Having Democrat Kate Brown in the Governor’s office proved very helpful, too. Were there problems? Of course. We’ll deal with those in another report. Meanwhile, Rep. Lininger’s report is solid.

Parrish Opposes Tuition-Free Community Colleges

julie parrish.b-wState Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, doesn’t think community college tuition should be free. So she and 11 colleagues voted “no” to the idea when SB 81 came before them last week after passing 28-1 in the Senate.

Parrish describes herself as a big supporter of education. However, she is actually a raving fan of charter schools and the conversion of public schools to private. In fact, she has her son in a charter school in the Tigard-Tualatin District, not her home West Linn-Wilsonville District. The latter also has a charter school. Continue reading

A Turning Point for Oregon Schools:
A Message from Gladstone School District Superintendent Bob Stewart

You hear it every day: Oregon’s graduation rate should be much higher. Our students should be achieving more in math, reading, writing, and science. Those things are absolutely true. What will it take to reach our goal, a 100 percent graduation rate?

The Oregonian recently published a series of articles including a comparative analysis that ranks all states’ school performance and education spending. By their calculation, Oregon ranks 38th in student performance and 39th in education funding.

The problem

How do we move Oregon schools from 38th to number one? Continue reading

A Letter from Oregon House Speaker Kotek

tina kotekDemocrats in Oregon’s House came into this legislative session with a bold agenda focused on expanding opportunity for women and working families, protecting the health and safety of our communities, and boosting our local economies.

House Democrats have worked hard on the issues Oregonians care about most, and it shows:

  • Investing In Our Schools: Public education is the most important investment our state makes. When we passed the K-12 budget of $7.255 billion in March, we guaranteed that a significant portion of new revenue would go directly to classrooms if the May revenue forecast showed we had more money available. Because of that promise, our schools will receive an additional boost of $105 million! This new revenue brings the current K-12 budget total to $7.36 billion for the next two years, which will fund all-day kindergarten for every kid for the first time in state history, increase support for English Language Learners and high-needs students, and ensure that all low-income students can have a lunch, improving their ability to thrive in the classroom.

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