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Legislature passes bill package on PERS reform, revenue

The Legislature passed a package of bills today during a special session on school funding, revenue and reform of the Public Employees Retirement System.

Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA's executive director, said the bills will benefit Oregon's children and public school system for years by allowing districts an important opportunity to rehire teachers and restore lost school days.

"This is a huge win for our children and our schools," she said. "Oregon's public schools have been steadily losing ground, in the form of larger class sizes and shorter school calendars, over the last decade.

"Our members have sent us a clear message that PERS reform is a main priority in lowering their costs and putting our state's schools back on course."