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Student Success Act

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Eugene School District 4J has developed its proposed plan to invest new state funds to support all students’ success, informed by community input, and wants to hear your feedback.

Major components of the plan include making significant investments to improve early reading skills; hiring more teachers to reduce class sizes in targeted grades; adding more mental health and behavioral supports for students; and providing full schedules for high schoolers.

Community members are invited to review and share your thoughts on the proposed investment plan that has been developed with your input.

Community Forums: Student Success Act Proposed Investment Plan
• Thu., March 5, 7–8 p.m., South Eugene High School (RSVP or invite friends)
• Thu., March 12, 7–8 p.m., River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School (RSVP or invite friends)
Childcare and Spanish interpretation will be provided.

About the Student Success Act

In spring 2019 the Oregon Legislature passed and the Governor signed the Student Success Act (HB 3427) into law. This is a historic and much needed investment in K–12 schools.

The Student Success Act is expected to provide about $1 billion per year in additional funding for public schools and early learning in Oregon, about half of it going directly to school districts and eligible charter schools based on enrollment through the Student Investment Account. This is expected to provide about $12 million per year in new funding for Eugene School District 4J—about a 5% increase in the district’s general fund budget, starting with the 2020–21 school year.

Each school district must develop a plan for how to invest these funds to increase academic achievement, close gaps between groups of students and meet students’ mental and behavioral health needs.

Funds may be spent in four broad categories:

  • Increasing learning time
  • Addressing student health and safety needs
  • Reducing class size / increasing classroom staffing
  • Expanding well-rounded learning opportunities

Eugene School District 4J has invited staff, families and community members to engage in identifying needs, desired improvements, and potential investments to best support student success.

School districts will be required to apply for funds. The application process includes a District Needs Assessment developed with an expansive public engagement process with multiple and diverse stakeholders, and the district’s 4J Vision 20/20 Strategic Plan, which was developed with extensive community input.