OEA 2019 Legislative Priorities
- Secure significantly increased funding for education
- Work to solve issues of disrupted learning in our classrooms and schools
- Protect educators’ hard-earned benefits
OEA represents more than 45,000 educators who serve over 600,000 Oregon students. Our members include teachers, specialists, support staff, custodians, bus drivers, and community college faculty and staff from across the state.
Money for Schools
Historic disinvestment in education over the last 30 years has resulted in unacceptable learning conditions for Oregon students.
Oregon has one of the largest average class sizes in the nation. Oregon has one of the lowest graduation rates in the nation. Oregon has one of the shortest school years in the nation. Students in our public schools face challenging learning conditions because there aren’t enough resources, and the ratios and caseloads for school counselors and psychologists are much higher than recommended. Funding for career and technical education, art, music, and physical education are limited and programs have been cut.
Students deserve better, and significantly increasing school funding from pre-K through higher education will make a huge difference.
Our schools are in crisis all across the state. Students come to school with intense unmet needs that impact their learning at school – such as hunger, homelessness, unmet mental health needs, and traumatic events at home. Without adequate resources to support our students, these challenges result in frequent, severe disruptions and outbursts that take time away from learning and affect all of our students.
- Lower class sizes
- Hire more school psychologists, counselors, instructional assistants, other specialists
- Increase mental health supports in every school
- Improve statewide reporting of room clears and disruptive incidents to better understand the number and frequency of these issues
Protect and Improve Hard-Earned Benefits for Teachers and Educators
Educators work hard and are proud of their public service. Even though many educators earn less than they would in the private sector, they believe in serving our communities. Over many decades, educators have negotiated with their employers for secure retirements, and they’ve often given up raises and other benefits to ensure they’ll be able to retire with dignity.
Oregon’s public employees have already shouldered a major responsibility in making the system more financially sustainable. Current employees are not the cause of the state’s financial woes, and further reductions to their benefits will not solve the problem. We must ensure all educators have access to healthcare benefits.
Contact Your Lawmakers!
- Visit the Oregon State Legislature homepage to learn more about your legislators and the legislative process.
- The State of Oregon has a "Find Your Legislator" page for looking up who represents you in Salem and Washington D.C.
Here are a few quick links:
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