|Messages to use in talking about state revenue and local budgets|
by Craig Hawkins, Communications Director
The current Ways and Means Co-Chairs' proposal to fund K-12 at $6.0 billion -- or, more accurately, about $2.9 billion in 2009-10, followed by about $2.7-to-$3.1 billion in 2010-11, depending on the economy and the fate of a likely revenue package -- is significantly less than Oregon schools need in order to provide the same basic level of education and opportunity for students that we offered prior to the recession. The $6.0 billion allocation is more than we expected even a week ago, and the Ways and Means Co-Chairs and other legislators deserve some credit. But it's not nearly as much as our kids deserve.
K-12's allocation is, as noted above, dependent on a state revenue package. And while those of us who pay close attention to matters related to education funding have been highly aware of the budget crisis the State of Oregon is facing, the reality is that a vast majority of Oregonians haven’t heard much -- if anything -- about the crisis. We share a PowerPoint presentation about budget and revenue polling and messaging at the Off The Record meeting last Friday that you may find useful as you communicate about your local budget. It may also be useful as you begin to communicate about the state revenue package the legislature appears likely to enact next month.
Much of the information in the presentation comes from Our Oregon, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that rightly points out that education leaders have an excellent opportunity to educate the public about how the budget crisis will impact our schools and our communities. What is the story we should be telling? Based on polling, here's what Our Oregon suggests:
|This page was last updated on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 .|