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Budget puts many missions of Oregon education on display

  Salam Noor

The Joint Ways and Means Education Subcommittee began its work on the education budget with an overview of the Oregon Department of Education this week.

Salam Noor, deputy superintendent of public instruction, began the hearings, and testimony will likely stretch through next week.

Noor and representatives from ODE will lay out for the committee, co-chaired by Sen. Rod Monroe (D-Gresham) and Rep. Barbara Smith-Warner (D-Portland), the agency’s internal structure. Highlights include the Early Learning Division and its programs, K-12 education services involving the State School Fund and the major programs within the budget, and Youth Development programs.

ODE works to fulfill the pledge to all Oregon’s children and families to build a seamless system of education and support from cradle to career. The department works in collaboration with school districts, education service districts, early learning hubs, nonprofit and community-based organizations, and other state and local governments to deliver services and supports.

Senate Bill 5516 covers ODE programs and operations. Senate Bill 5517 funds the State School Fund for the 2017-19 biennium.

The subcommittee meets daily at 8:30 am. Once the overview is completed, there will be two days of public testimony, expected sometime during the week of March 13.

- Lori Sattenspiel
Interim director of legislative services