Preschool. Secured funding to provide free preschool to 1,300 additional low-income children starting in 2016. Pledges to add 10,000 more slots in 2019-21 state budget. “Ninety percent of brain growth happens in first five years.”
Teacher pay and benefits. Says pay should be increased and all pension benefits left intact. “These are hard-working people. They give the best years of their lives to our kids. We want the most dedicated and determined people entering the profession, not people who can’t find any other job.”
Education funding. Says education funding is 22 percent higher now than when she took office in 2015. She acknowledges legislative budget writers, House and Senate leaders and voters played as large or larger a role in some of that increase. She won’t say how much education spending would rise if she is re-elected.
Points of pride. Secured legislative support for a bill requiring middle and high schools to teach Oregon tribal history and culture starting in 2019-20. Created a Council on Educator Advancement that makes recommendations about professional development and the creation of a diverse educator workforce.