About Us

Schools are a bedrock for our communities and our state. Quality schools enable children to fulfill their potential, while opening the doors to opportunity. They create an educated and skilled workforce essential for strengthening our state’s economy.

While magical moments of learning take place every day in our classrooms, the reality is that Oregon public schools are far from where they need to be to provide our children the education they deserve. The main reason is the inadequate funding of Oregon public schools — the legacy of two ballot measures in the 1990s that upended Oregon’s property tax system.

For too long we’ve asked educators to do more with less. That has to change. Our kids cannot wait any longer.

Great Schools, Great Communities is a collaborative effort to engage communities on the need to address the chronic underfunding of our public schools. It will take active, engaged citizens to make the changes necessary so that all children in Oregon have the quality schools they deserve.


Oregon school performance and funding

Underachieving Oregon: Schools perform in bottom third nationally – The Oregonian, June 3, 2015

When public schools get more money, students do better – The Washington Post, January 20, 2015

Investing in kids and their achievement has long-term economic benefits for communities – National Education Association


Current Oregon school funding and education ballot initiatives 

Measure 97 – Increases corporate minimum tax when sales exceed $25 million; funds education, healthcare, senior services.

Measure 98 – Requires state funding for dropout-prevention, career/college readiness programs; reduces funds for other services.

Measure 99 - Outdoor school for all requires $22 million in Lottery funds annually.