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ERIC Number: ED386339
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Financing K-12 Education in Oregon.
Weber, Bruce A.
During the past 5 years, Oregon has set in motion a set of fundamental changes in state policy that will radically affect schools. It has: (1) reduced property taxes without increasing other taxes in a way that will reduce state/local taxes as a share of income from 12.1 percent of personal income in 1991 to 10.3 percent in 1996; (2) shifted to the state the major responsibility and essentially all the decision making about school funding; (3) moved rapidly to equalize school spending per student among districts while keeping the overall level of school spending relatively constant, thus triggering large spending increases in some districts and declines in others; and (4) set up an ambitious curriculum reform agenda without allocating much in new resources to implement it while requiring the reduction of school districts from 295 in 1992-93 to 178 by 1996-97, thus forcing many smaller school districts to consolidate. As taxes as a share of income drop to 10.3 percent, the state will have to cut spending on state services and/or school support. The question facing Oregonians is whether they can have the public services they desire and the level of public education that prepares students for lifelong learning, citizenship, and the workforce. Contains seven references. (TD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Oregon