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Oregon Rising report outlines vision for state’s schools

After months of work, results are being made public today from an unprecedented survey through the Oregon Rising campaign.

The survey relied on input from more than 10,000 Oregonians, through a series of community meetings and online questions. The survey asked Oregonians to share their vision for schools, without regard to the costs.

Respondents from all walks of life said they want a well-rounded education for their children, more electives, more demanding offerings in the arts, and math, science, tech and engineering. They also want vocational education, and more opportunities to learn new languages. They want smaller class sizes and more personal attention to students.

Oregon Rising is a joint effort between OSBA, the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators and the Oregon Education Association.

Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA’s executive director, noted that the survey results show a clear alignment between what the public wants for schools and the needs identified by the nonpartisan Quality Education Commission.

“We expect that this Oregon Rising report will continue to rally momentum around fully funding our schools,” Miller-Jones said. “OSBA’s advocacy efforts in 2017 will directly address fair, sustainable revenue reform to pay for the schools our children need, and deserve.”

Complete survey results can be found at What Oregon Said on the Oregon Rising website.