SALEM — Governor Kate Brown today joined students, educators, and legislators to celebrate the signing for HB 3427, which provides a historic $2 billion in targeted investments in early education and K-12 schools.
“Today marks a turning point for education in Oregon. And what we have come together to do over the past few months will be felt by students, teachers, and schools for years to come,” said Governor Brown.
Sarah Ferguson-Manon, a teacher from Waldo Middle school, shared how the Student Success Act will impact her students.
“Please tell the Governor that we aren’t going to waste this,” a student told Sarah. “When I asked what that meant, he said not the money — the educational opportunity.”
The Student Success Act will dedicate dollars toward targeted areas that will drive outcomes, including:
- Expanding high-quality preschool and helping children come to kindergarten ready to learn
- Resources for teachers to support students struggling with behavioral health issues and dollars to decrease class sizes
- Funding for a well-rounded education that prepares students for college or career with access to hands-on learning
“Communities will be empowered to establish their own vision and a plan to use these dollars. And we all will be held accountable to ensure these new investments expand opportunity for every student, particularly our rural students, low-income students, and students in communities of color,” said Governor Brown.