Student Success Act
In spring 2019 the Oregon Legislature passed and the Governor signed the Student Success Act (HB 3427) into law. This is a historic and much needed investment in K–12 schools.
The Student Success Act is expected to provide about $1 billion per year in additional funding for public schools and early learning in Oregon, about half of it going directly to school districts and eligible charter schools based on enrollment through the Student Investment Account. This is expected to provide between $3 million to $4 million per year in new funding for Canby School District, starting with the 2020–21 school year.
School districts must invest these Student Success Act funds to meet students’ behavioral and mental health needs, increase academic achievement for all students, and reduce disparities among student groups. Funds may be spent in four broad categories:
- Increasing learning time
- Addressing student health and safety needs
- Reducing class size / increasing classroom staffing
- Expanding well-rounded learning opportunities
School districts will be required to apply for funds. The application process will include a District Needs Assessment to be developed with an expansive public engagement process with multiple and diverse stakeholders, and the district’s Continuous Improvement Plan.
Canby School District's first phase of community engagement in Student Success Act planning, in October 2019, sought input on what is working well and what improvements are needed in our schools.
The district's Continuous Improvement Plan is the first step in the Student Success Act process. The district submitted the plan in November 2019 for consideration by the Oregon Department of Education. Once finalized, the district will incorporate the parent, community, student, and staff feedback collected at the engagement sessions to develop the Student Success Act plan.