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House votes 56-0 in favor of $6.245 billion for K-12 schools Print E-mail

The Oregon House voted 56-0 today in favor of two bills that allocate a combined $6.245 billion for K-12 funding in the 2007-09 biennium. 

House Bill 5020 provides $5.985 billion to the State School Fund, and House Bill 5021 provides $260 million to the School Improvement Fund.  The bills now go to the Senate, where a vote is expected within the next week.

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The bills' carrier, Rep. Larry Galizio, announced that a simple, one-page School Improvement Fund application will be developed by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).  In response to a question, Galizio said that School Improvement Fund resources are not intended to be used for salary increases. "We're working with the Department so we can get funding estimates to districts as soon as possible," COSA Executive Director

Kent Hunsaker said, "and we're also working with the Department so we can share the School Improvement Fund application process."

The combined $6.245 billion for schools is a $940 million (17.7 percent) increase over the current biennium.  "This is definitely a step forward after several legislative sessions of funding retreat," Hunsaker said.  "That said, we know it's only a step, and we're going to continue to work with our education partners to make sure that we make even more progress in the next session."

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