The State of Oregon Schools
Why are educators taking action?
Lawmakers are considering the Student Success Act, which would be an unprecedented investment in Oregon schools — increasing the K-12 statewide budget by 18%.
Oregon students are dealing with low graduation rates, large class sizes, and schools in crisis.
Oregon has one of the largest average class sizes in the nation. These large class sizes mean that students are missing out on the individual attention they deserve. Schools also lack teaching assistants and other professional supports in the classrooms and school buildings.
Nearly 45% of all Oregon classes have 26 or more students, with some classes as large as 56. Experts recommend class sizes of 18 or smaller or 26 or smaller with assistance for students to get the best education.
Oregon has the third lowest high school graduation rate in the country.
There are only 158 school librarians total in Oregon -- less than one per district.
Oregon’s school nurse ratio is 1:5481, more than four times the national recommendation.
Oregon has half the school counselors than nationally recommended staffing levels.
Lack of supports for students with behavioral issues has created a crisis of disrupted learning because students with unmet needs are not getting the help they deserve.
A third of Oregon teachers say they are worried about the safety of their students because they don’t have enough supports to de-escalate disruptions.
Programs have been cut at every level – art, music, PE, library services, and so many more important pieces of a well-rounded education are missing.
Students of color and historically disadvantaged students are disproportionately affected by lacking resources, resulting in more barriers to graduation and educational success.
94% of teachers spend money out of their own pockets on classroom supplies to make up the difference between what their students need and what districts can provide.
Community colleges and universities have been forced to cut programs, departments, and educational positions as budgets are slashed. Programs like career and technical education are lost or marginalized.