Significant changes to education funding in Oregon are at the heart of hearings the state’s Education Investment Board is holding across the state. The plans weren’t popular at the board’s visit to Salem Tuesday night.
Chief Education Officer Rudy Crew’s proposal would fund some aspects of Oregon education based on certain achievement outcomes, rather than enrollment. He also advocates investing in new literacy programs and what he calls “regional achievement centers.”
Students, parents and teachers at the hearing in Salem largely opposed Crew’s proposal — and some fumed about his $200,000 annual salary.
Augustin Vega-Peters graduated from West Salem High School, and is now a student at Oregon State University. He questioned the idea of funding colleges based in part on how many degrees are awarded.
Augustin Vega-Peters: “If we shift our focus in an attempt to attain a certain numeric standard, then we begin to lose sight of all the other surprises that happen along the path to collegiate success.”
Many teachers, parents, and students lobbied for more direct support for schools and colleges — rather than funding new initiatives.