Senate President Peter Courtney explains why a $7.25 education allocation is optimal – at the moment.
Bend Republican Senator Tim Knopp contends the education bill doesn’t go far enough- Democrats say to increase education bill more would hurt law enforcement and human services.
The Oregon Senate Monday sent a $7.25 billion dollar education budget that pays for full time all day kindergarten – said to be the boost that all children need so they can get more out of their first three grades of schooling. Those who are ready to read and to perform basic arithmetic by first grade simply do better in later years than students who aren’t.
Republicans opposed the largely democratic schools funding plan claiming it didn’t go far enough. Democrats agreed but reminded the Republicans that the state doesn’t have unlimited money and that even higher funding for education would strip budget funds for law enforcement, prisons and human services. Democrats reminded Republicans that if there’s more money left at the end of the legislative session, 40% would go to pumping up the education budget even higher.