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Community members meet with lawmakers to discuss education

Three topics discussed at the meeting were Measure 98, which passed in 2016, Career Technical Education programs and funding.

Posted: Dec 8, 2018 4:40 PM
Updated: Dec 8, 2018 9:15 PM

EUGENE, Ore -- Local community members and lawmakers met Saturday afternoon in Eugene to discuss funding Measure 98 -- the high school success measure.

Three topics discussed at the meeting were Measure 98, which passed in 2016, Career Technical Education programs and funding.

Dana Fleming, a volunteer with the non-profit Stand for Children, said ever since 98 passed, there's been more enthusiasm for CTE programs.

"The growth of those opportunities for the students and the schools here and the excitement is building between the trades in Eugene and Lane County and in the students and the teachers who are being trained in that," Fleming said.

Volunteers with Stand brought their concerns involving graduation rates in Oregon and funding solutions for Measure 98 to legislators, including Representative-elect Marty Wilde, Senator Floyd Prozanski and Representative Paul Holvey.

"I think the next step for us is going to be getting the revenue to fully fund measure 98 cause it's difficult to cut other very important programs like Pre-K programs for example," Holvey said.  "We wouldn't want to cut those to fully fund 98."

To learn more about Stand and to get involved, click here.

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