Monday, December 1, 2014

Kitzhaber proposes 9 percent increase for education in 2015-17

December 1st, 2014

Gov. John Kitzhaber today proposed spending $9.4 billion on education from preschool through college in the state's next two year budget.
His plan, if enacted by the Legislature in 2015, would mean a 9 percent increase in education spending in an $18.6 million budget that would have an 11 percent increase overall.
Kitzhaber said the base funding for public schools should be $6.9 million in 2015-17, up 4 percent from its current level of $6.65 million.
That money, known as the State School Fund, is awarded to school districts based exclusively on how many students they enroll. The governor wants the Legislature to give schools more of their state funding for particular state-designated programs and approaches, including teacher training, career or science-related courses and reading instruction in the early grades.
The governor proposed a huge increase in state funding for early childhood education: a $135 million increase. That would provide $50 million more in subsidized daycare for children of low-income workers and fund creation and expansion of other preschool programs, he said.

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