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Take Action: Keeping the Promise

rfs stacked one line outlinedIn 2015, the Oregon Legislature made a promise to Oregon's children. They invested in Preschool Promise, a program that will provide high-quality preschool to more than 1,000 kids from low-income families.

This critical investment is now being threatened and we need your help!

Pick up the phone and call the leaders of the Ways and Means Committee. We hope you'll help us ensure that Oregon keeps its promise to underserverd children.

Here's your talking points, including who to call.

Rural Education in Oregon

Rural Education Report coverThis new study, conducted by the Children's Institute and Chalkboard Project, finds that rural Oregon students face the twin challenges of poverty and distance in meeting their education goals. The study examines how rural students perform compared to their peers in the rest of Oregon and around the country.

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More Oregon children need services

19218129-largeOregon's push to ensure all children receive a developmental screening is showing results. An Oregonian article underlines that an increasing number of children with developmental delays are being identified earlier – long before they enter kindergarten. This is putting pressure on providers of Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education services, who are mandated to serve all children within a couple months of being identified as needing the services. Advocates and providers – including the Children’s Institute and many of our partners – will be pushing for increased funding during the 2016 Oregon legislative session to ensure children get served.

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A Voice For All

Voice-For-All.New-America-cover For nearly two decades, the number of dual language learners – students who speak a language other than English at home – enrolled in Oregon schools has steadily increased, now to more than ten percent of all Oregon students. State leaders are working on a plan to ensure those students gain the language and academic skills they need to graduate from high school and go on to college and career success.

A new report from New America's Dual Language Learner National Work Group suggests Oregon leaders have a great model for success right in their own backyard – at Portland's David Douglas School District. The New America report highlights the great work that David Douglas district schools are doing with dual language learners, work based on a model of ensuring that dual language students learn alongside their peers instead of being pulled out of class.

The New America Foundation's report also features David Douglas' Earl Boyles Elementary School, one of the sites of the Early Works initiative, as a snapshot of the model in action. At Earl Boyles, the program is coupled with early childhood education and family engagement strategies to support all children, including dual language learners, to develop the language skills they need socially and academically before kindergarten.

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Oregon Has a Major Problem with Absent Students

AP51712149 xru65dA new study by Attendance Works found that students in our region are more likely than other kids to miss school. In fact, Oregon's attendance rates are below national averages for every demographic group the study looked at. Find out more in an article by OPB.

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