FALSE CLAIM:

Kate Brown says she wants to increase funding for STEM/CTE.

 
 

TRUTH:

After voters approved funding for STEM/CTE and dropout prevention in Measure 98, Kate Brown cut the funding in half in her budget. The funding she is now proposing in her plan is only enough to restore cuts she made. STEM/CTE programs are proven tools for improving graduation rates and getting kids, who may not be college-bound, critical job training.

Knute Buehler will restore full funding to Measure 98 and will ensure every school has STEM/CTE offerings. He will do this by increasing the K-12 budget by 15% in his first two budget cycles and solving the classroom funding crisis through pension and benefit reforms. You can read his plan here.

FALSE CLAIM:

Kate Brown says Oregon has made progress towards improving our schools.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

TRUTH:

After 30 years in elected office, and the last 3 as governor, Kate Brown oversees a public school system that has the 3rd lowest graduation rate in the country, one of the shortest school years, and lagging test scores. Kate Brown’s greatest failure as a leader is her indifference towards fixing our public schools and her refusal to take on the special interests in her party.

Just a couple weeks ago, the statewide test scores were released, revealing dismal results. Other states – Washington, for example – showed significant progress towards improving outcomes for kids. Not Oregon. Our test scores have stalled below the national average, and inequalities for communities of color and low-income students remain unchanged. The Oregonian called the results “mediocre” and Kate Brown’s leadership “lethargic.” These are not words that any Oregonian wants associated with anything in our state – especially our schools.

Knute Buehler has proven to be an independent leader and has a plan to take our schools from the bottom 5 to the top 5 in 5 years. It requires solving Oregon’s classroom funding crisis and making targeted investments in proven metrics – such as 3rd grade reading, STEM/CTE programs, and individualized plans for 9th graders.

FALSE CLAIM:

Kate Brown says we need more tax revenue to fix our schools.

 
 

TRUTH:

No governor in the history of our state has ever had more money, yet she still cannot fix our schools. The truth is she refuses to take on the special interests in her party and put that money back in classrooms. That is why the Oregonian said she is “balancing the budget on the backs of students.”

Two weeks ago she said she “has no control” to solve the big problems facing our schools. That’s not leadership. She is the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Governor. If she isn’t capable of solving this problem, who is? What we need is new leadership – a governor who will bring together the best ideas from both parties and fix our schools.