State 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.
(Copied from Rep. Reardon’s email)
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.
In 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.
State 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
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.
How do we move Oregon schools from 38th to number one? Continue reading