|Castillo calls on lawmakers to tap Education Stability Fund|
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo today released a statement on school funding, calling for the legislature to tap the Education Stability Fund to fill K-12's 2007-09 shortfall. Her statement reads:
Oregon lawmakers need to consider, among other things, using the nearly $400 million in the state's education reserve fund to protect our schools from closing their doors early. A shortened school year is a real possibility in districts across Oregon unless lawmakers find a way to preserve funding through the remainder of the current budget. If we have to dip into reserves to keep this school year whole, then I absolutely support us doing that.
Yesterday, I joined with almost 5,000 parents and students from across Oregon. The message was clear: We must do whatever it takes to keep our students in school and learning for the remainder of the year."
Last week, Castillo wrote a letter encouraging House Speaker Dave Hunt and Senate President Peter Courtney to utilize the Education Stability Fund for 2007-09.
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