Here’s to our incredible teachers:
This is National Teacher Appreciation Week – a time to celebrate the amazing educators who have dedicated their lives to teaching our children.
My life was shaped by inspiring teachers like Mr. Holcomb, my AP History teacher, and Mrs. Gertz, my 8th grade science and English teacher.
As a Vietnam veteran, Mr. Holcomb readily shared his own history with our class – teaching us to ask hard questions and think critically. He developed a personal connection with his students, and I’m sure I’m one of many calling him their favorite teacher. Mrs. Gertz was an extraordinary teacher – a finalist for NASA’s Teacher in Space Project – who built up my confidence as a writer and encouraged me to pursue a career involving language arts.
There is no collective investment more important than the one we make in educating our children.
If we want Oregon to prosper, we need to invest in our schools and our teachers. I recently voted for a $7.255 billion K-12 education budget that provides a 9 percent overall funding increase and establishes statewide all-day kindergarten for the first time. That’s good -- it’s the best we could do given Oregon’s current revenue forecast -- but it isn’t enough. Not even close.
Going forward, we need to stabilize school funding, so that we aren’t hiring teachers when the economy is good only to lay them off when we have a down year. As Vice Chair of the Revenue committee in the House, my top priority is to fully fund our schools.
I’m going to keep fighting for an education system that prepares all of Oregon’s children for today’s global economy.
Thank you for your support!