Educators Anticipate Vote will Put Oregon on a New Path

Jan 26, 2010, 13:38 ET from Oregon Education Association

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Election day statement by Oregon Education Association President Gail Rasmussen:

"Educators who work hard to make their classes interesting and give students individual attention are watching as last minute voters hand in their ballots to protect class sizes and school calendars. Asking corporations and those who've done well in our economy to do a little bit more to protect our schools is the right thing to do.

Educators have become extremely skilled at doing more with less. They even go into their own pockets to ensure that students have what they need. It's time to ask corporations that have been paying the $10 corporate minimum to step up.

Educators are now teaching students who are new to poverty. The free breakfast and lunch many receive at school are the only meals some students can count on because their parents are struggling. If school districts have to shorten the school week what will happen to these students? Measures 66 and 67 protect the vital public services many families are relying on. Passing these measures mean that those parents who've sought re-training at our  community colleges can continue to afford tuition and fees and have access to courses that will help them start over. "

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The Oregon Education Association represents 48,000 educators statewide, including K-12 classroom teachers and education support professionals—school secretaries, counselors, nurses, custodians and other school employees, as well as faculty at Oregon's community colleges.

SOURCE Oregon Education Association