House Passes Budget For Public Schools

The Oregon House of Representatives has passed the largest budget ever for the state’s public schools. The budget is a $1 billion increase and will allow many school districts across the state to re-hire teachers and stabilize programs after years of cuts.

“The last half decade has seen over 7,000 teacher layoffs and seemingly endless cuts to school days,” said House Speaker Tina Kotek. “With this budget we’re offering school districts certainty and stability; we’re positioning Oregon schools to turn the corner so we can begin reinvesting in the most critical element of our future prosperity.”

The $6.75 billion budget allocates $6.55 billion for the state’s public schools, coupled with $200 million in school district savings to the Public Employee Retirement System enacted in SB 822, which passed earlier this session. The budget passed 53-5 with two excused and now goes to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 and is filed under Local News, State News.