On June 25th at the Portland City Club, Governor Ted Kulongoski presented the final recommendations from his “Reset Cabinet”. Of the most interest to us at Chalkboard were the K-12 recommendations. Here’s a summary:
- Create a “shared services” model for districts and ESDs in which the Legislature would mandate a list of services that must be shared through the ESD, rather than the current program in which such decisions are made at the local-level. Long-term, the cabinet recommends that ESDs transition to a smaller number of Regional Service Providers. It is estimated that mandating the consolidation of certain services, such as accounting and information technology, would save the state nearly $43 million per year. (more…)
Kristina Ribali is a mother of two, small business owner, and parent activist who lives in McMinnville. She has led a high school ministry for the last 5 years and loves being a part of the community. She’s also on the Government Affairs Council for the McMinnville Chamber of Commerce and works hard to understand the educational and economic struggles of the area.
If you thought the title of this blog was about the Oregon State budget, you’d be right; but only partially. It’s actually the state of relationships between Oregon businesses and Oregon schools. I think many of us would like this relationship to change for the better.
In full disclosure here: I’m a small business owner, and I also have two children in Oregon public schools. I want the best for my children both in education and the opportunity to provide for them. Like many other business owners, we were bruised a bit after the battle over Measure 66 & 67, but now it’s time to move forward. (more…)