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The Oregon Legislature's Ways and Means Committee will hold a series of public hearings about potential 2009-11 cuts in state services, including schools, beginning Monday, April 20 in Lincoln City.  The hearings will provide Oregonians with the opportunity to provide input about the state services that are important to them.  COSA has developed talking points for members and other school advocates to use in developing their testimony.

School districts may want to help Ways and Means Committee members understand the impact on jobs, class sizes, school days and students at the various 2009-11 funding levels currently being considered in Salem. "Whether it's the $6.55 billion the governor originally proposed, or the $5.9 billion that discussion in the Capitol seems to be centered on, or the $5.4 billion the governor's office and others are advising us to make plans for, school districts throughout Oregon will be making budget cuts," COSA Executive Director Kent Hunsaker said. "What's in question is the magnitude of the reductions, and legislators need to hear from local administrators and teachers and classified employees about what the cuts really mean for students and schools."

Scheduled Ways and Means Committee hearings are:

Monday, April 20, 5:30-8 p.m.
Lincoln City Cultual Center

Tuesday, April 21, 6-8:30 p.m.
Portland Community College Cascade Campus

Thursday, April 23, 5:30-8 p.m.
Oregon State Capitol, Salem

Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m.-noon
Oregon National Guard Armory, Pendleton

Saturday, April 25, 3-5 p.m.
Treasure Valley Community College, Ontario

Wednesday, April 29, 5:30-8 p.m.
Central Oregon Community College, Bend

Thursday, April 30, 6-9 p.m.
Southern Oregon University, Ashland

Friday, May 1, 1-4 p.m.
University of Oregon, Eugene

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