Governor proposes $6.9 billion for State School Fund

Gov. Kitzhaber unveiled his proposed budget for 2015-17 on Monday, including $6.9 billion for the State School Fund (SSF).

The proposed total is about $250 million more than the final SSF budget for the current biennium, but includes funding for all-day kindergarten, which most Oregon public schools will institute in the fall of 2015.

“This proposed budget will help start the process of working with legislators to arrive at a funding figure that will support efforts such as all-day kindergarten and continue the momentum begun in 2013 to reverse a decade of disinvestment in our schools,” said Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA’s executive director.

“Keeping in mind the promise to our children to prepare them for their future, we need to ensure that today’s students get the support they need to meet their potential,” Miller-Jones said.

For a detailed analysis of the governor’s proposed education budget, reserve your spot at an OSBA webinar planned for Dec. 8 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The full budget document can be found at