May 1, 2019
Dear Woodburn Community,
We are writing to let you know of an unplanned closure for Woodburn School District on May 8, 2019. The reason for this is that the union representing our school teachers is organizing a statewide “walk out” to protest historic underfunding of K-12 education and to advocate for a funding bill being considered by legislators.
We have worked side-by-side with our teachers in the past to advocate for fully funding our public schools. However, this is not a school district sanctioned event. The issue is that there will not be enough faculty to support students on the day for instruction, supervision and services. This is why we are closing school for the day.
The Oregon State Legislature has underfunded schools for three decades and left educators and administrators scrambling to provide the instruction, curriculum and support services children need. Now, with a strong economy and leadership from the Governor and both political parties, this could change for the better.
Part of this momentum also is due to parent and community involvement. The legislature convened a bipartisan, bicameral group called the Joint Committee for Student Success, which traveled the state. Every survey showed that the public wants the legislature to fund high quality schools with better graduation rates, smaller class sizes, culturally responsive teaching, and safe and welcoming classrooms. Funding for these recommendations by the Committee and the public is included in House Bill 3427, which is before the legislature now.
Thank you for your reading this letter. Please contact your school’s principal with further questions.
Chuck Ransom, Superintendent