Val first got involved in Oregon politics ten years ago working for grassroots education groups like Stand for Children and fighting for adequate and stable funding for K-12 education. Since taking office, Val has continued to stand up for education and served as the Vice-Chair of the House Higher Education Sub-Committee.
Here are education issues that Val has fought for:
*Creating a seamless education pathway from birth to graduate school that focuses on outcomes for students.
*Providing adequate and stable funding for K-12 education in the face of devastating budget cuts. This includes further tapping the Education Stability Fund to reduce class sizes and add school days.
*Reforming our higher education system through innovative ideas like the University of Oregon's New Partnership Proposal and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. These bills seek to make college more affordable and accessible to all Oregon students.
*Creating an appointed School Superintendent to take the politics out of our Education Department and focus on what's best for Oregon students.