Monday, January 16, 2012

OEIB Public Input: The Time is Now!

We have so much going on in the next month here at Oregon Save Our Schools. Of the utmost priority are the Governor's OEIB public input meetings to be held around the state. The first one is tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 17th in Rock Creek. On Wednesday, the 18th, the meeting is in Salem. On Thursday, Jan. 19th the public will meet at the Immigrant and Refuge Center in East Portland, 10301 NE Glisan. Events all start at 6:30 and run until 8:30.
Here is a link to the meeting time, info, and agenda for the complete list of these public meetings.

http://www.oregon.gov/Gov/OEIB/OregonEducationInvestmentBoard.shtml#Public_Outreach_Meetings

We need to speak up now as the Governor is planning to take his plan to the state legislature in the February 2012 session. Come to ask questions such as: How does this plan help students in poverty? What about class size? What are Achievement Compacts and how will they affect local control? How much will all this cost the state to implement? What other ways will students be assessed other than by high-stakes state testing? How does this plan help to create a well-rounded education for my student so that they receive PE, music, library, art, drama, etc.? What happens to schools that continue to not meet state test requirements? What is receivership? What other education models have been reviewed in creating this plan? Why are schools still labeled? How is this different that what we are already doing with No Child Left Behind? Is there time to come up with a better plan?

Come join us and stand up for public education in Oregon. Thanks!

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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