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Student Success Act

In 2019, OEA members across the state worked together to secure the Student Success Act (SSA) - a historic investment in Oregon's students and public schools.
The Student Success Act is signed by Gov. Kate Brown in 2019
Former Gov. Kate Brown signs the Student Success Act at Washington Elementary School in Salem, Ore. in 2019.

About the Student Success Act:

Through the dedicated efforts of OEA members, Oregon passed the historic Student Success Act in May 2019, adding $1 billion in funding per year for Oregon schools and students. This new law includes sweeping provisions for new and improved services for children and families, including additional instructional time, providing mental and behavioral health supports, reducing class size, implementing a more well-rounded education, fully funding High School Success (Measure 98), improving school safety and more.

Rooted in Equity, Engagement, and Shared Accountability

The law requires school districts to build on the strengths and assets of young people, educators, families across the state, including members of the nine federally recognized tribes; students of color; students with disabilities; emerging bilingual students; and students navigating poverty, homelessness, and foster care.

Funding to Support Oregon's Students:

An illustrated graphic of a classroom that includes a chalkboard, several desks with paper and books a top them, and backpacks on the floor. The infographic reads: "How the Student Success Act Invests in our Students. At least 50% for Student investment accounts, At least 20% for early learning accounts, and up to 30% for statewide education initiatives.

Student Investment Account

The largest portion of the SSA goes into the Student Investment Account, or SIA. These funds go directly to school districts. District leaders must engage with students, staff and the community to identify the top local priorities for investing these funds. SIA funds are limited to four allowable uses:

  • Expanding instructional time through more hours or days, summer programs, and before and after school programs.

  • Addressing student health and safety.

  • Reducing class sizes across grade levels and caseloads for specialists to allow more individualized attention.

  • Providing students a well-rounded educational experience including broadening curricular options to include music, art, engaging electives, CTE classes, and much more.

Early Learning Fund

At least 20% of the overall SSA is dedicated to improve early learning opportunities for children birth through age 5. These funds are expanding the number of slots available in Early Head Start for infants and toddlers, increasing access to high-quality preschool programs, and ensuring children can access the Early Childhood Special Education services they need to address developmental delays and disabilities.

Statewide Education Initiatives

This fund is dedicated to creating new programs or expanding existing programs that support students across the state. These programs include:

  • Statewide Education Initiatives, including African American/Black Student, LGBTQ2SIA+ Student Success Plans

  • Expanding child nutrition programs at schools so more students can access free breakfast and lunch at school.

  • Expanding summer programs for students in schools with the greatest need.

  • Fully funding Oregon’s Measure 98, the High School Success program, which helps students stay on track through high school and graduate on time and ready for their next phase of life.

Stay Engaged, Stay Informed

A hallmark of the Student Success Act and specifically the Student Investment Account is the commitment to collaboration and engagement. This represents a shift in Oregon and moves us toward a model where all voices are valued, especially those of students and historically underserved communities. School districts must post their local plans on their district website in an easy to access location such as the home page. Districts must also give regular oral reports to their local school board and allow public testimony on the district’s plans and the district’s progress toward its goals for supporting students.

As a member, you can stay engaged by reading your district plan, participating in local engagement opportunities hosted by your local union or your district, and sharing what you learn with your colleagues, your students and families.


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Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education

The Oregon Education Association (OEA) is a union committed to the cause of providing the basic right of great public education to every student. OEA represents about 41,000 educators working in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 public schools and community colleges. OEA’s membership includes licensed teachers and specialists, classified/education support professionals (ESPs), community college faculty, retired educators, and student members. OEA members also belong to the 3.2 million members of the National Education Association (NEA).