The recession hit Oregon hard. As thousands lost their jobs, tax revenues declined and the state had to make painful cuts to schools and critical services. Thousands of teachers were laid off and class sizes ballooned, and programs failed to keep up with the growing needs of seniors and the most vulnerable.
Years later, we’re still seeing the effects of those cuts all around us – Oregon has one of the nation’s shortest schools years, biggest class sizes, and lowest high school graduation rates. Thousands of families are eligible for assistance paying for childcare and other necessities, but insufficient resources means long waiting lists.