Kitzhaber’s proposed budget reflects desire to boost education spending


The governor’s budget for 2015-17 allocates an additional $800 million to encourage students to be ready for school from a young age.

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 The governor’s budget for 2015-17 allocates an additional $800 million to encourage students to be ready for school from a young age.

Since Oregon voters limited local property taxes in the 1990s, school operating costs have shifted to the state budget. But since Kitzhaber returned as governor in 2010, after a previous eight-year stint, the Democratic chief executive says it’s time for the state to measure what it is getting for its spending.

“The state’s role in education has got to change from that of simply a passive funder, based on enrollment, to active strategic investment in outcomes,” he says. “That’s exactly what this budget seeks to do.”

Read more at the Portland Tribune.

 




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