Require school accountability with better funding
There’s an old saying that spending money on public schools is an investment in the future that benefits everyone. In Oregon, we neither invest enough nor demand sufficient return on what we do invest.
If lawmakers only throw money at schools without accountability, the odds of solving problems like chronically poor graduation rates, abysmal third-grade reading levels, student misbehavior and less-than-adequate transparency are low. When lawmakers gather in Salem this month, they ought to give schools more money … with strings attached.