Governor Kate Brown signed House Bill 3427, the Student Success Act, into law on May 20, 2019. This law aims to correct three decades of underinvestment in our schools and our children and includes sweeping provisions for new and improved services for children and families.
It carries significant investments in early learning, existing programs and new efforts to bring Oregon within reach of funding schools at the Quality Education Model level for the first time since the inception of the Quality Education Commission in 2001. This could include adding instructional time, providing mental and behavioral health supports, reducing class size, implementing a more well-rounded education, fully funding High School Success (Measure 98), school safety improvements and more.
Read more about the journey to pass the Student Success Act in our Spring 2019 issue of Today's OEA magazine.
The Student Success Act marks a turning point for education in Oregon. When fully implemented, our state will see an additional $1 billion investment in schools each year.
Rooted in equity, authentic community engagement, and shared accountability for student success
The law requires school districts to build on the strengths and assets of young people, educators, families across the state, including members of the nine federally recognized tribes; students of color; students with disabilities; emerging bilingual students; and students navigating poverty, homelessness, and foster care.
5 Ways for Educators to Engage
What is the Student Investment Account?
Close to $500 million in non-competitive grant money for all Oregon school districts and eligible charter schools.
New money has two purposes:
- Meet students’ mental and behavioral
- Increase academic achievement and reduce academic disparities for:
- Students of color;
- Students with disabilities;
- Emerging bilingual students; and
- Students navigating poverty,
- homelessness, and foster care; and other students that have historically experienced disparities in our schools.
The Student Success Act requires input from all education stakeholders, including:
- ALL school employees
- Students, particularly those who have experienced academic disparities
- Families of our students
We can finally invest in an education system that will ensure every single student in our state is on a path to realizing their dreams for the future. What we have come together to do over the past few months will be felt by students, teachers and schools for years to come."Governor Kate Brown — July 1, 2019
Find all the community engagement tools your school district will need on ODE's online Student Success Act toolkit page. OEA gives credit to ODE for the content published on this page.