Residents react after education funding bill passes

The bill will go to Gov. Kate Brown next.

Posted: May 15, 2019 3:57 PM
Updated: May 15, 2019 3:57 PM

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news at 4" tonight we are learning more about the student success act that just passed oregon legislature. it's a bill that would provide more funding for schools across the state -- a big change that many people in our community have been pushing for. thanks for watching kezi 9 news at four, i'm chynna greene. kezi 9 news reporter jessica babb is live at sheldon high school and breaks down what this bill would do, and how soon we could notice a difference. chynna -- just last week, educators met right here at sheldon high school and boarded busses so they could head to salem to rally for more school funding.. now a bill has passed, just days later. right now that bill is heading to governor kate brown's desk and oregon representative julie fahey says she expects the bill to be signed in the next few days. if she does sign it - the bill will add about 1 billion dollars a year in funding. about half of that money will go toward school districts and other portions of the money will go toward expanding access to early childhood programs as well as funding free meals, and other statewide programs. the legislature proposes on getting that money from a half-percent tax on businesses with sales over a million dollars. representative julie fahey says this has been a long time coming -- and says people across the state - many of which participated in walkouts-- helped get this bill passed. "i think the fact that tens of thousands of people from the state - educators, students and parents showed up to rally and say how important it was to fully fund our schools, i think that was absolutely part of the reason why ultimately we were able to get that passed. people making sure their voices were heard." it is important to note this won't go into effect immediately. fahey says it will take some time -- but that we could start seeing some significant impacts from the bill in the 20-21 school year.
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