OPB tracked the effects of budget cuts over the course of the school year. It’s a series we call “Learning with Less.”
This graph highlights that statewide funding for education has varied since 2001 and decreases since 2007. While funding has declined, costs for things like busses, teacher salaries, and supplies are rising.
Oregon’s Quality Education Commission recommends an amount for education funding for the legislature each year. Since 2001, the dollar amount of funding has been less thanthe the amount recommended by the legsilatively appointed commission. This graph represents the annual gap between the recommended and actual education funding amounts.
In some years, legislators have made cuts to the education budget during special sessions after revenue fell short. This graph highlights funding amounts before and after these cuts.
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