SB 225 VOTE: YES
Signed into Law by Gov Brown on 07/19/21
Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/SB225
This bill enacts a minimum distribution for small Education Service Districts.
Currently, funding generated by the corporate activity tax contained in House Bill 3427 (2019) is distributed to education service districts based on enrollment.
SB 225B enacts a minimum distribution for small education service districts. “(2)(a) The amount of a distribution to an education service district under this section [ = ] shall be made as provided by paragraph (b) of this subsection after calculating the following for each education service district: (A) One percent of the total amount available for distribution to education service districts in each biennium. (B) The education service district’s ADMw × (the total amount available for distribution to education service districts in each biennium ÷ the total ADMw of all education service districts that receive a distribution). (b) The amount of the distribution to an education service district shall be the greater of the amounts calculated under paragraph (a) of this subsection, except that, for distributions made as provided by paragraph (a)(B) of this subsection, the total amount available for distribution to education service districts shall be the amount remaining after any distributions required under paragraph (a)(A) of this subsection have been made.
This bill started as prohibiting law enforcement assigned to schools. SB 225A modified requirements for alternative education programs. SB 225B provides a minimum formula to distribute the CAT tax to ESDs.
I am a middle school English teacher. I often am assigned to teach newcomers to our country and one of the highlights of the year is when I invite the police officer assigned to our school into the classroom. They speak about their job and the students ask questions (the lesson is the Question Words; who, where, what, when, why) from the officer. Not only is it easy to find an officer who can take time out of his day, but it also is much more important to let this person in a friendly environment interact and help these children acclimatize to an officer. We want them to learn to come to trust and cooperate with a police officer. Do not take that opportunity away. By removing him/her, you are contributing to the anxiety our society is building against the police. How else are we to build the trust and cooperation we need to have less of the difficult situations.
In a day an age of increasing violence, gang activity and addiction in our society, the last thing we need is to get rid of school resource officers. I wonder how parents are going to feel the next time there’s a school shooting that could have been prevented by an SRO but there wasn’t one on to stop it? Vote NO!