Tonight is a Victory for Oregon's Schools

Jan 26, 2010, 23:47 ET from Oregon Education Association

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Election night statement from Gail Rasmussen, president, Oregon Education Association:

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"Oregon voters said 'no' to more 4-day school weeks and bulging class sizes and yes to corporations and the wealthy paying their fair share.

"Tonight's results are a credit to the hard work of parents, educators, and thousands of Oregonians from every walk of life who stood up to protect our schools.

"Our legislative leaders deserve credit too. They challenged the corporate lobbyists and special interests that said Oregonians would never pass tax fairness measures.

"The message from Oregon voters was loud and clear:  Protect our classroom.

"Now, educators want to change the conversation.  We want to talk about investing in education -- investing in our future.  Dollar-for-dollar, education is the best investment Oregon can make."

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