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Issue Position: Education

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Funded schools first. Supported the 2011-13 K-12 budget in April for the first time since 1995. The budget is $100 million more than what the Governor proposes and equal to what schools received in the previous biennium

Supported providing more funding to schools to supplement the 2011-13 K-12 budget.

As Co-Chair of the House Higher Education Subcommittee, worked to expand access to Oregon universities, community college and workforce development programs.

Co-sponsored and passed legislation to expand access to innovative public charter schools.

Supported legislation allowing parents to enroll their children in the school district of their choice.

Supported legislation allowing local school districts to eliminate unnecessary administrative overhead and redirect savings to classroom instruction.

Supported a new grant program to help school districts improve student achievement.

Supported the creation of the Educator Preparation Improvement Fund to improve the preparation of teachers and administrators.

Voted to eliminate unfunded state mandates that takes dollars away from the classroom.


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