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School funding bill passes hurdle

The state school funding bill passed out of the Ways and Means Joint Subcommittee on Education on Thursday on a 5-1 vote.

The lone dissenter was Sen. Fred Girod (R-Stayton), who said the Legislature needs to reform the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) further and use those savings to better fund the K-12 and college education systems.

Senate Bill 5519 includes $6.55 billion for K-12 education; combined with PERS reform already passed this session, schools will receive roughly $1 billion more in the next biennium than currently.

The bill will next be heard by the full Ways and Means Committee.