Kate Brown on Education
Close opportunity gap and invest in rural education
After years of underinvestment, it's going to take more than just additional funding to bring our schools back to a level we can be proud of. We have failed our students of color and we have left rural Oregon behind. Now is the time to close that
opportunity gap. Our education system is in desperate need of repair, reform, and reinvestment. I will work with you, the business community, teachers, and parents to fund K-12 schools at a level that ensures our districts aren't forced to make cuts.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to the Oregon legislature
, Jan 14, 2019
Seamless system of education, from cradle to career
Governor Kate Brown announced her strategy for creating a seamless system of education, from cradle to career. Brown said, "We all agree that Oregon as a state can only reach its potential when our kids reach theirs. Education drives opportunity.
To do that, we need to: improve high school graduation rates by making sure students graduate with a plan for their future; create a seamless system of education, serving our kids from preschool through higher education; and ensure our educator
workforce and teacher pipeline is reflective of the growing and changing face of Oregon."
"To reach these goals, my strategy includes: guaranteed preschool for low income children; improved class sizes in kindergarten through third grade; implementing
a full, 180-day school year; and increased investments in career technical education and post-secondary pathways."
Governor Brown's agenda for creating a seamless system of education is grounded in best practice research and data-driven analysis.
Source: Klamath Falls News on 2018 Oregon governor race
, Aug 27, 2018
Future Ready Oregon: Prepare students for today's jobs
I am launching Future Ready Oregon. The goal is to close the skills gap between the workforce we have and the workforce we need to fuel Oregon's economy. We need to make sure every student graduates with a plan for their future and the tools that
they need to compete in a global economy. Hands-on learning connects classrooms to career, inspiring students with a sense of purpose, giving them the drive they need to walk across that graduation stage and into their first job.
Source: 2018 Oregon State of the State address
, Feb 5, 2018
Oregon Promise: community college access program
In the 2015 session, we worked together and achieved some important accomplishments:
Source: 2017 State of the State/inaugural address to Ore.Legislature
, Jan 9, 2017
- We adopted meaningful ethics reforms needed to regain the trust of all Oregonians.
- We invested in a seamless system of public education from cradle to career,
including early childhood education, all-day kindergarten, and our community college access program, the Oregon Promise.
- We expanded the Oregon Opportunity Grants to help more Oregon students pay for college.
Seamless public education from cradle to career
Q: How would you improve public education in Oregon?
BROWN: It is my dream that all of Oregon's students have access to a seamless system of education that takes them from cradle to career. I want every one of our students to complete high school with
a plan, whether that be college, post-secondary, job-training, or entering the work force. And that education system should prepare them for the jobs of the future. Of course, more of our students must graduate from high school, and that is why
I have created a cabinet-level Education Innovation officer who will report directly to me, and will help me to identify the resources that we need to ensure that we raise our graduation rates. Finally, it is my hope that we will shrink the opportunity
gap that, today, starts early and makes it harder every year for that student to catch up. We've started that work with our historic $7.4 billion investment in education, particularly early childhood education.
Source: League of Women Voters Guide to 2016 Oregon Governor race
, Sep 9, 2016
Make it easier to opt out from Common Core testing
Governor Kate Brown signed a bill that would make it easier for parents to opt out their students from the Common Core testing. Earlier in June, the federal government sent a letter to Oregon leaders threatening to withhold $140 million in federal
education funds if the bill was passed. The governor said:
"The audit of the Oregon K-12 education system underscored the need for accurate data across all student subgroups to evaluate student outcomes and make improvements at the student and
system levels. But participation is crucial to success. Educators must engage with parents about the value of assessment and the potential consequences if parents opt out and student participation diminishes. We cannot afford to risk losing federal
dollars, especially for students who have been traditionally underserved. As educators and policy makers, it is important to demonstrate for parents the connection between high levels of student participation in assessment and system accountability."
Source: KOIN 6 News on 2016 Oregon gubernatorial race
, Jun 23, 2015
More state funds for low-income districts
Brown supports the following principles regarding education.
Source: 1996 Oregon National Political Awareness Test
, Nov 1, 1996
- Encourage private or corporate investment in certain public school programs.
- Require the use of state-wide achievement standards for all state public schools.
Emphasize local control of education as long as the school district meets state health and safety standards.
- Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
- Support allocating more state education funding to Oregon's lowest-wealth districts and less to the highest-wealth districts.
Increase state funds for higher education.
- Support an amendment to Measure 5 which would allow more money from local property taxes to be allocated to schools.
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