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'Tonight is a Victory for Oregon's Schools'

"Now, educators want to change the conversation. We want to talk about investing in education -- investing in our future. Dollar-for-dollar, education is the best investment Oregon can make" -Gail Rasmussen, president, Oregon Education Association

Gail Rasmussen, president, Oregon Education Association
Gail Rasmussen, president, Oregon Education Association
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(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Election night statement from Gail Rasmussen, president, Oregon Education Association:

"Oregon voters said 'no' to more 4-day school weeks and bulging class sizes and yes to corporations and the wealthy paying their fair share.

"Tonight's results are a credit to the hard work of parents, educators, and thousands of Oregonians from every walk of life who stood up to protect our schools.

"Our legislative leaders deserve credit too. They challenged the corporate lobbyists and special interests that said Oregonians would never pass tax fairness measures.

"The message from Oregon voters was loud and clear: Protect our classroom.

"Now, educators want to change the conversation. We want to talk about investing in education -- investing in our future. Dollar-for-dollar, education is the best investment Oregon can make."

The Oregon Education Association represents 48,000 educators statewide, including K-12 classroom teachers and education support professionals -- school secretaries, counselors, nurses, custodians and other school employees, as well as faculty at Oregon's community colleges.

Source: Oregon Education Association

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Percy January 27, 2010 6:26 pm (Pacific time)

Experienced educators, principals, superindentents, school boards all know that money is a minor issue when it comes to teaching our kids. It is incompetent teachers, protected by out of control unions. Many so called experts will tell about all their wonderful experience, but have no background of success. Easy to check out, but then for some, why?

Natalie January 27, 2010 5:46 pm (Pacific time)

P.S. My respect for devoting your life to education.

Natalie January 27, 2010 5:09 pm (Pacific time)

Hank Ruark: Let's put it this way: if the corporation's money is used to supply learning media, I have nothing against it. I believe though, that it'll be used on extending supporting staff and other nonsense programs like NCLB. As for the "what YOU can do", I already made my decision and paying for the private school. In case you wonder: no I'm not rich by any means, but I can't wait for the school reform forever. So, I eliminated my basic bills like cable, cell-phones, shopping just to keep my kid in a school that actually has enough books and chairs for their students. His level of education is far more important to me than buying an extra pair of shoes.

Hank Ruark January 27, 2010 3:38 pm (Pacific time)

N. and S.: Sorry, ladies, you are well out into wild-nonsense country. From ten national surveys done some years ago in Chicago, and from recent readings to up-date, I can tell you that "most funding equals poorest performance" and "heav-support ranks deeper than teachers" are both only desperate propaganda perpetrated by those whose own dollar-gains are threatened by realities. Some lower-funded districts in my surveys, and now, show better results since mostly they are suburban or rural, often have smaller class size, better relations with teachers closer to kids, and stronger home environments. We're in enough trouble without allowing propagation of intentional propaganda to distort/pervert realities in each local school district. Thanks for your strong, open interest. Try sitting in on a few local district meetings to find out the truth --and what YOU can do to help remedy what needs fixing. Disclosure: 60 working yrs. split between ed. and communications, with strong emphasis on teaching, at every level from K-12 through grad school. First yr. during Real Depression in Maine, small community where mill burned, kids fainted in classroom from lack of food. Last classroom in Chicago at very/large corp. national seminar on education, topic Ed. Funding Nationally Aided by Industry. 150 CEO's attended. My pitch: How corporations can assist schools by supplying learning media not available otherwise.

Natalie January 27, 2010 9:29 am (Pacific time)

Cut spending on all those education support professionals, and you'll have enough to cover all text-books, salaries and some basic furniture for the schools, like desks, chairs or whatever. Looks like there are more 'supporters' than professional teachers at present.

sommers January 27, 2010 4:56 am (Pacific time)

horrible is all I can say. This is just another pay raise for state employees. Government employees presently make almost twice what the private sector makes and has to be supported by that private sector. One can see the numbers do not add up. Also look across the country and see how the schools improve as more money is thrown at "education". The top costs per student cities in the country are generally the worst performing.

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