Posts Tagged ‘ESD Reform’
Legislation includes ESD reform, help for rural schools, streamlining oversight
SALEM – The Senate approved a number of education bills this morning that illustrate significant reform of the state’s education system. The collection of bills complements work already done this session by Senate Democrats to increase oversight and set high standards for Oregon’s long term education goals.
“These continue to be challenging times for the state and for Oregonians. This is why it is more important than ever to use this session as an opportunity to reexamine how we deliver services in Oregon,” said Senate Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum (D-Portland). “Every session, Senate Democrats renew their commitment to fight for the best possible education for Oregon kids. This session is no exception and these bills are good examples of putting our words into action.”
Two bills address implementation of audit recommendations
SALEM – Legislation that requires state agencies to report back to the Legislature on the recommendations of audits by the Secretary of State’s office passed in the Senate this morning with a unanimous vote. Currently, state agencies are not held accountable for implementing or improving their functions based on those external audits.
“This bill is a key piece of the Senate Democrats’ commitment to improve government accountability,” said Senate Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum (D-Portland). “Particularly as we address our budget challenges this session, we must be looking for ways to deliver services with greater efficiency and less cost. Requiring state agencies to explain how they are improving their operations and getting the greatest value out of taxpayer dollars will be an important tool for the Legislature and Oregonians. ”