Local school officials encouraged by full funding provided by Legislature | Coronavirus

UNION COUNTY — The news was not surprising. Still, it sparked a collective sigh of relief among Union County school district leaders earlier this week.

The state Legislature, during its one-day special session on Monday, Aug. 10, voted to replace all of the approximately $400 million in funding the state lost from its budget for public schools this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Legislature drew money out of state reserve funds to backfill the money needed for full funding.

This means Oregon’s public school districts now know they will end up receiving all of the $9 billion the Legislature voted last summer to provide schools in the 2019-21 biennium.

It had been rumored for weeks that the Legislature would do this, but educators still remained anxious.

“Nothing is certain in these uncertain times, at least in my mind. That is why this news is exciting,” said Union School

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