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OREGON REJECTS BUDGET PLAN FOR SCHOOLS
Oregon voters last week defeated a measure to shore up school spending,
the second statewide victory claimed in recent months by national
conservative activists who promise to stamp out state tax increases
wherever the issue arises. Education advocates, reports David J. Hoff,
said that the Oregon defeat and others like it show that although
people
support public schools, they won't blindly agree to increase the amount
of
public dollars spent on them. "I don't think people have turned their
backs on public education," said Wendy D. Puriefoy, president of the
Public Education Network. "Success [on such measures] is largely due to
well-structured public engagement that explains what the money is for,
where it is going to go, and why it is going to benefit the entire
community." Oregon's Measure 30 -- which would have funded health care,
prisons, and police as well as schools -- failed in part because the
public didn't understand exactly how increased income, cigarette, and
corporate taxes would benefit schools, she contended. Last year, she
added, voters in Multnomah County, Ore., which includes Portland,
approved
a local income tax when they understood how the money would be used to
aid
schools.
http://www.edweek.com/ew/ewstory.cfm?slug=22Oregon.h23

OREGON REJECTS BUDGET PLAN FOR SCHOOLS

http://www.edweek.com/ew/ewstory.cfm?slug=22Oregon.h23


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