School funding bill passes hurdle
May 30, 2013
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.