Governor Brown: Measure 97 will help schools


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Governor Kate Brown is focused on improving Oregon’s education system.

Brown stopped by Madison High School on Wednesday to visit with students on their third day back in classes since the school year began and told KOIN 6 News about her plan to “create a seamless system of education from cradle to career.”

Gov. Kate Brown, August 31, 2016 (KOIN)

Oregon’s low graduation rates are of top concern to her. “Oregon is challenged in terms of our high school graduation rates,” she said. “We want to make sure that all of our students graduate from high school with a plan for their future.”

Brown expressed her support for Measure 97, the Oregon Business Tax Increase Initiative, saying that she believes “we need additional revenue to both reduce class sizes and lengthen our school year.”

Brown says Oregon has one of the shortest school years in the country. “I have been fighting for years for adequate and stable revenue for our schools to both reduce class sizes and increase the length of the school year,” she said.

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