BSD Action Alert - April 10, 2019
** Update 4/17/2019: Due to some technical drafting problems with HB 2019, the legislature has had to change the bill number that will be used for the proposed $2 billion investment package. The new bill is HB 3427. This does not change the proposal or content but it does change one thing; all of the testimony and support that many of you sent for the official record does NOT move to the new bill.
As many of you are aware, the Beaverton School District, and
districts all around Oregon, are facing a crisis. We have a growing
robust economy, but we are facing significant budget reductions as a result of
the state’s inability to fund education adequately. The legislature needs
to hear from you! They need to know that Oregonians VALUE and DEMAND a
high-quality public education system for their kids. And given the extent of
the problem we are taking the extraordinary step of asking for your help.
This morning, on behalf of the Beaverton School District
Board of Directors, Chair Becky Tymchuk and Vice-Chair Eric Simpson sent this
short letter to our legislative delegation and legislative leadership in Salem:
President Courtney, Speaker Kotek,
& Beaverton Area Legislators:
Thank you! Thank you for the
leadership you are showing our state. We are in the middle of crafting
our 2019-20 school year budget and the choices we have to make are simply
untenable. After finally turning a corner and beginning to make progress
on building back the services we’ve lost over the years, the prospect of
undoing that work is not one we want to face. The actions this week by
the Joint Committee on Student Success and the work around HB 2019 has given us
hope that the legislature will indeed act.
We ask that you make this a
priority and ensure that our students both today and for years to come receive
the education they deserve. Our students deserve a robust school year,
lower class sizes, and greater diversity of learning options. Our students
deserve a system that is funded in such a way as to be able to offer the
necessary services and options for kids that will ensure their success in life.
We know what can make a difference for kids and with your help we can
make that a reality. The proposal from the Joint Committee on Student Success
can finally break us from the cycle of cuts we have dealt with for three
We stand ready to support all
elected leaders that make the decision to ensure a brighter future with
a long- term funding solution for Oregon students. We hope you
will all join us in this choice.
Becky Tymchuk & Eric Simpson
Chair & Vice-Chair of the
Beaverton School District Board of Directors
We are at a critical juncture for our schools, now is the
time to act and make your voice heard. The legislature is currently
considering a $2 billion (per biennium) additional investment in education.
The proposal they are considering would bring greater fairness to the
state’s tax system while raising additional revenue for schools. It would
invest exclusively in pre-K through high school in a targeted way that ensures
accountability of resources while protecting the current base. This is
potentially a transformative moment for education and our legislature must not
let it pass.
Please take a few minutes of your time to send an email to
your legislators and urge them to adequately fund public education.
- Go to https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/FindYourLegislator/leg-districts.html
where you will find a simple way to look up the email addresses for both
your Senate and House members.
would ask that you please CC: firstname.lastname@example.org so we can
support your efforts.
your story! Please tell your legislators what your dream is for
public education and for your kids, grandkids, neighborhood kids, etc.
We’ve all seen the impact of reductions, but we need to focus on
what we want as we look to grow public education in Oregon. Keep your email simple and focus on key
education adequately! Support the proposal from the Joint Committee for
Student Success (House Bill 3427) to create a $2 billion investment in our
about your dream of what our education system should be and can be when we
make true investments.
belief that your kids’ success, or Oregon’s success, requires quality
schools and that the status quo is NOT GOOD ENOUGH.
an example of the situation in your neighborhood school.
about the need for smaller classes, increased learning time, and/or
greater supports for kids.
them to show the leadership you elected them for and to solve this problem
and fund schools.
Thank you in advance for your advocacy! Only through
our concerted action, in partnership with districts around the state, will we
be able to make a difference for our kids. Take the time to act!
Don Grotting, Superintendent