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Atkinson marks legislature’s 81st day,
still no K-12 budget
Watch Senator Atkinson’s remonstrance:
“It is time to make education the priority we all say that is,” said Atkinson. “It is the the 81st day of the 75th Legislative session, and Oregon teachers, students and school administrators still have no idea what their budgets will look like. We say that education is our first concern, but it is one of the last things we fund. There is no excuse for waiting so long.”
Citing the promises made by many Legislative candidates to put education first, Senator Atkinson today called on his colleagues to follow through and pass Senate Joint Resolution 19. In past sessions, the education budget, which is about 45% of state spending, has been one of the last budgets to pass. School districts often are forced to wait into the muggy days of summer before they can start setting their budgets for the coming school year.
“Politics have no place in
Senate Joint Resolution 19 is currently in the Senate Committee on General Government and has yet to receive a hearing. If Atkinson’s proposal passes it would be offered on the November 2009 ballot.
“The 81st day proposal is
a way we can make government work smarter for