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Soapbox: State needs responsible budget for schools

Denny Doyle serves as Beaverton’s mayor and lives in the Sexton Mountain neighborhood.

Beaverton Mayor Dennis DoyleMayors from throughout Oregon are coming together this year to stand with school boards, with superintendents, with teachers, with parents, and with students, demanding a responsible budget for public K-12 schools.

And now, the two lawmakers who co-chair the budget-writing Ways and Means Committee of the Legislature are standing with us, too.

The budget-writers — Sen. Richard Devlin and Rep. Peter Buckley — recently released a proposed budget that re-invests in our public schools. Their $6.75 billion “stability budget” would reverse the decades-long trend of constantly eroding school funding.

We thank them.

For too long, we have allowed Oregon’s public K-12 schools to fade. The results: increased class sizes; the elimination of arts, music, physical education and shop classes; the loss of librarians and counselors; long delays to replace aging textbooks and roofs.

Enough.

We mayors represent cities ranging from throughout the state, from Portland to Klamath Falls, and from La Grande to Lincoln City. We represent urban, suburban and rural communities. We are liberal and conservative, Republicans, Democrats and independents. We are Oregonians, first and foremost, and we are calling on our legislators to step up for Oregon’s kids.

For residents, the social contract says: I will move into this town. I will work, I will pay taxes, I will vote. And in return, I want my tax money well spent. I want reliable services. And I want to know that my kid’s school delivers a world-class education.

Today, Oregon mayors and the budget-writers of the Oregon Legislature are standing with educators, students and parents, asking for the exact same thing.



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