For more information contact: Rev. Joseph Santos-Lyons [email protected] 503-512-0490
Salem, OR – Last Friday the House Education Committee passed historic legislation to address the needs of Oregon’s 57,000 English Language Learners (ELLs). House Bill 3499 increases the urgency, focus and support for ELL students in Oregon’s 106 public schools districts. The bill also includes $12.5 million to support school district improvements.
This legislation comes at a critical time as ELL students have grown 120 percent in the last decade. Though many of our K-12 schools offer high-quality English language development programs, challenges remain. It is our belief that this legislation will help school districts give all our kids a brighter academic future.
A diverse set of stakeholders, including the Oregon Alliance for Education Equity, Oregon Education Association and many others, have joined together in support of HB 3499. HB 3499 heads to the Ways & Means Education Sub-committee with bipartisan support.
American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)
Center for Intercultural Organizing
Centro Cultural of Washington County
Coalition of Communities of Color
Confederation of Oregon School Administrators
The Education Trust
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization
NAACP of Eugene/Lane County
NAACP of Salem-Kezer
NW Health Foundation
Oregon Education Association
Oregon School Boards Association
Portland Teachers Program
Salem Keizer Coalition for Equality
Stand for Children Oregon