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OSBA calls for revenue reform in response to proposed K-12 budget

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Dec. 1 proposed spending $8 billion on K-12 education over the next two years.

The amount marks an increase from $7.45 billion in the last biennium but does not keep pace with inflation, or reverse education spending cuts since the recession.

Jim Green, OSBA's deputy executive director, said the proposed education budget provides a starting point, but doesn't meet the needs of Oregon students and their schools.

"This proposal falls far short – roughly $500 million – of what schools are telling us they need just to maintain current services," Green said. "The gap is even greater if we look at the funding necessary to create the 21st century school system Oregon's students deserve.

"We need solutions. We need a fair and equitable system of revenue reform to pay for schools. OSBA is going to be focused in coming months to bring together education partners, legislators and the governor's office around this vital issue. Our children and our future are at stake."

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