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Oregon Gov. Seeks to Replace State Boards of Education with Oregon Education Investment Board

Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) Oregon

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber presented his bill to the state legislature that, if passed, would establish the Oregon Education Investment Board, tasked with overseeing budgets from pre-kindergarten to university level schools. The new single board would replace the state boards of education.

Without a doubt, education funding and budgeting is complicated at every level. I wonder if lumping it all under one roof will make the process run more efficient, and more fair, or will it further complicate matters. According to Kitzhaber, “The state needs to move from a funder to an investor,” Kitzhaber said. And the money each program gets “needs to be based on outcomes rather than seat time.”

Definitely a business-like approach, focusing on results. That’s all fine and good. any good business-person is going to seek to get the best bang for their buck. But when dealing with education, we’re not dealing with business models, we’re dealing with children who come with a variety of needs and abilities. Will Kitzhaber’s new funding be able to effectively deal with all the issues that educators face? Is his new plan more of a one-size-fits-all? If it is, that won’t work.

So here’s my question to my readers. Do you think state education funding would work better at the state level thrown into one pot, or as it is now? Or, perhaps you have different ideas on funding. Please share.

At a news conference, he surrounded himself with every top education official in the state to tout his bill that would establish the Oregon Education Investment Board. The board would replace the state boards of education and higher education, and would oversee spending on all facets of learning. … “The state needs to move from a funder to an investor,” Kitzhaber said. And the money each program gets “needs to be based on outcomes rather than seat time.”

Kitzhaber pushes for 1 board to oversee education, pre-kindergarten through grad school | OregonLive.com.

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