Although the Oregon Senate failed on Thursday to agree on a K-12 state school budget, Siuslaw School District Business Manager Kari Blake is fairly confident that the budget she is putting before the local school board for adoption will weather the storm.
The proposed $6.75 billion in state school funding included a direct appropriation of $6.55 billion plus $200 million in savings from already approved cuts to the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). The vote was split 15-15, with all 14 Republicans and one Democrat, Sen. Chris Edwards of Eugene, voting no.
Those in opposition were asking for deeper PERS cuts, which they say would give about $7 billion to schools. For the complete article see the 06-19-2013 issue.
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