An Oregon initiative aimed at funding programs at public high schools passed the state senate Thursday. The statewide teachers union argued Measure 98 was an unfunded mandate: $290 million of worthy goals without a funding source.
Oregon voters easily approved the measure last November.
And now, it’s closer to getting funded. The Oregon Senate just approved a slimmed down $170 million line item for Measure 98. It’s part of a $1.8 billion funding bill
It funds three high school priorities: dropout prevention, college prep and career training for teens entering the work force.
Business groups and school administrators had supported Measure 98’s focus on improving Oregon’s low graduation rate and invigorating career-technical training.
Legislators are relaxing some mandates. Smaller districts can focus spending on just one or two of the initiative’s three high school priorities, for instance.
The bill now heads to the Oregon House.
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