State of Oregon Archives: on Education

Mark Callahan: Common Core is dumbing down the next generation

    As a parent of two daughters in the public school system in Oregon I am seeing the evil effects of Common Core in real-time. Let me share two examples of this:
  1. I was recently threatened by my daughters' school district superintendent for speaking against Common Core at a parent's meeting when I was told that I would be removed from the room if I spoke against Common Core again.
  2. My daughters bring home math homework asking for the "reasonable" answer to math problems. When I was in school, there was either a right or a wrong answer to a math problem. The bank isn't going to care what you think the "reasonable" balance in your check book should be. It is either right or wrong. Common Core is the dumbing down of the next generation of Americans via a "cookie cutter" approach to education.
Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution does it state anything about the federal government being involved in education, which is why I support legislation to eliminate Common Core.
Source: 2016 Oregon Senate campaign website, Oct 9, 2015

Kate Brown: Make it easier to opt out from Common Core testing

Governor Kate Brown signed a bill that would make it easier for parents to opt out their students from the Common Core testing. Earlier in June, the federal government sent a letter to Oregon leaders threatening to withhold $140 million in federal education funds if the bill was passed. The governor said:

"The audit of the Oregon K-12 education system underscored the need for accurate data across all student subgroups to evaluate student outcomes and make improvements at the student and system levels. But participation is crucial to success. Educators must engage with parents about the value of assessment and the potential consequences if parents opt out and student participation diminishes. We cannot afford to risk losing federal dollars, especially for students who have been traditionally underserved. As educators and policy makers, it is important to demonstrate for parents the connection between high levels of student participation in assessment and system accountability."

Source: KOIN 6 News on 2016 Oregon gubernatorial race Jun 23, 2015

Monica Wehby: Increase school choice options for our families

Federal tax dollars aren't reaching Oregon classrooms. Dr. Wehby will work to bring our federal education dollars back to Oregon, increase school choice options for our families, and decrease frivolous mandates. Monica will take on Common Core standards, protect our children's privacy, and promote block-grants that empower our teachers and local communities.
Source: 2014 Ore. Senate campaign website, Mar 18, 2014

Bruce Broussard: Take full advantage of No Child Left Behind Program

The No Child Left Behind Program is a positive move toward making our school systems and local government more accountable for turning out educated students who are prepared to be productive in our communities. Bruce Broussard will work to take full advantage of the federal funding that No Child Left Behind has made available-which includes $100 million to help striving readers and $120 million to improve math education in the classroom for fiscal year 2005. Bruce Broussard realizes that the No Child Left Behind Program will not be a quick fix. Real changes to Oregon’s education system will require a long-term commitment for its results to be realized. Bruce Broussard will work diligently to garner our state’s fair allotment of all federal funding available to improve the quality of education in Oregon schools better preparing students for success in higher education and the job market. We owe it to our children, to our communities and to our economy to see this through.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, Aug 11, 2004

Kevin Mannix: Increase funding without raising taxes

Mannix has signed the Oregon School Employees Association’s pledge requiring the legislature to solve OR’s long-term school funding problem during the 2003 legislative session. “We can solve our school funding crisis without raising personal income or business taxes,” Mannix said. “My administration will work to create more jobs, thereby increasing income for schools. And I will work on PERS reform, which has short and long-term effects on our children’s education.”
Source: 2002 Gubernatorial website,, “Pledge” Aug 30, 2002

John Kitzhaber: Public education is the cornerstone of democracy

Public education is the cornerstone of a progressive, democratic society. From grade school to graduate school to life-long learning, it is vital that Oregon’s education system prepare all of our citizens for the challenges that they will face in the 21st Century. We will begin to implement the Quality Education Model, and for the first time, we will debate a K-12 budget that is directly built around the outcomes expected in the classroom and what it costs to achieve those outcomes.
Source: Opening Address 71st Legislative Session of Oregon Jan 8, 2001

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