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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, starting with the 2020–21 school year.

School districts must invest these Student Success Act funds to meet students’ behavioral and mental health needs, increase academic achievement for all students, and reduce disparities among student groups. 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

School districts will be required to apply for funds. The application process will include a District Needs Assessment to be 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.

 

Phase 1: Needs Assessment

Eugene School District 4J’s first phase of community engagement in Student Success Act planning, in September 2019, will seek input on what is working well and what improvements are needed in our schools.

We welcome your perspective and opinion. Students, families, staff and community members are invited to take 10–15 minutes to complete our 4J Needs Assessment Survey, and/or an hour for a community conversation. Please join us to talk about what student success looks like in our schools. What is going well in 4J schools? What are the challenges you’ve experienced? What areas, services and programs could we improve? Your voice matters!

4J Needs Assessment Survey 
August 29–September 29
Available online in English and Spanish

Community Conversations
Childcare, light refreshments, and Spanish interpretation provided 
• Wednesday, September 25, 7–8 p.m., at Arts & Technology Academy (RSVP or invite friends)
• Thursday, September 26, 5:30–6:30 p.m., at North Eugene High School (RSVP or invite friends)
Spanish/Español: Thursday, September 26, 7–8 p.m., at River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School (RSVP or invite friends)

Staff Forums
• Thursday, September 12, 4:15 p.m., at North Eugene High School (RSVP or invite friends)
• Tuesday, September 17, 4:15 p.m., at Arts & Technology Academy (RSVP or invite friends)
Special Education Staff: Thursday, September 19, 4:15 p.m., Howard Elementary School (RSVP or invite friends)

 

Phase 2: Investments for Student Success

In a second phase, in November 2019, the district will seek input on potential investments to support student success. Please mark your calendar to join us in November and weigh in on potential investments to improve student success in 4J: A survey will be available online and community conversations will be held around the district.

4J Student Success Investments Survey 
will be online in English and Spanish in late November

Community Conversations
Childcare, light refreshments, and Spanish interpretation provided
• Wednesday, November 13, 7–8 p.m., Sheldon High School (RSVP or invite friends)
• Tuesday, November 19, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Churchill High School (RSVP or invite friends)
Spanish/español: Tuesday, November 19, 7–8 p.m., Churchill High School (RSVP or invite friends)
• Thursday, November 21, 7–8 p.m., North Eugene High School (RSVP or invite friends)
• Monday, November 25, 5:30–6:30 p.m., South Eugene High School (RSVP or invite friends)

Staff Forums
Thursday, November 7, 4:15 p.m. RESCHEDULED
• Tuesday, November 12, 4:15 p.m., North Eugene High School (RSVP or invite friends)
• Wednesday, November 13, 4:15 p.m., Sheldon High School (RSVP or invite friends)