The budget holes of the past 25 years continue to cook up quite a mess for our leaders in Salem. Today, we were served what we bought when the Oregon House approved a $7.255 billion education budget. It’s an increase over the current biennium that pays for full day kindergarten, but it simply still isn’t enough for our kids. It doesn’t begin to hire back the 3,386 teachers that have been lost during the last decade, and it doesn’t add school days to one of the shortest school years in the country. A student that graduates from an Oregon high school will still miss out on an entire year of school in comparison to the national average.
So once again, our gaping budget holes are making sure our kids are not getting the schools and educations they deserve. Oregon’s education budget – and Oregon’s students – are suffering and falling behind because there’s simply not enough money to go around. In Oregon, this has been a problem for decades and the lack of resources is driven mostly by the fact that large and out-of-state corporations are not paying their fair share.