Why does Kurt Schrader work so hard for schools? Kurt and his wife Martha have raised four children. They understand that a good education is the foundation of everything a young person will accomplish. Good schools are also the backbone of a strong community and a healthy economy -- providing a skilled workforce that attracts good jobs.
But a strong education is more than just what happens between kindergarten and the end of high school. As a State Senator and the Chairman of the Joint Ways and Means Committee, Kurt Schrader stood and delivered for all the levels of education that matter.
Getting Kids to School Ready to Learn
Kurt helped provide additional funding for early education to give kids the best chance at succeeding once they start their educational career.
High Standards and a Strong Curriculum
Kurt believes in holding kids to high expectations once they are in school. He strengthened Math and English requirements and believes in the schools' role in teaching basic values such as responsibility and respect. And Kurt is working to strengthen vocational and technical programs so kids are prepared to succeed whether they go to college or straight to a job.
Using Accountability to Prevent Cuts to K-12
Kurt works hard to ensure that the most money possible goes to Oregon's classrooms. One way he did that was by bringing stronger accountability to state government: he introduced performance based budgeting while forcing every agency to prioritize programs.
Kurt was also a leader in delivering $42 million in additional lottery money during the last special session.
Making College More Affordable
Kurt led the successful effort to put a 3% cap on tuition increases at Oregon's public colleges and universities to keep higher education more affordable for Oregon families. He also increased Opportunity Grants for all eligible low-income college students.