Hundreds of school and labor supporters rallied at the Oregon Capitol today Monday to advocate for more state spending on education and social services. Rob Manning reports.
An audience of a few dozen predominantly Democratic lawmakers, and hundreds of union members and supporters listened to pleas for more money for schools and human services. Several educators – including Beaverton's Mike Ali – objected to what they consider a flawed line of thinking around education reform:
Mike Ali: "That less people can do more work in less time, and maintain – and even improve – the quality of education provided!"
"That may be an effective sound bite, but it is not the truth!"
Rally organizers say increased funding is mostly a long-term effort. In the current session, advocates are targeting an increase in community college spending, and the possible renewal of a tax increase on high-income Oregonians.
Other union advocates pressed for passage of two bills to help homeowners facing foreclosure.
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