Measure 58

Argument in Opposition

Oregon PTA Urges You to Vote No on Measure 58

Measure 58 is vague and full of unintended consequences. It takes away local control from principals, school districts, parents, and teachers – the people who know our schools best.

Measure 58 is a one-size-fits-all mandate. Not all children learn in exactly the same way. The reality is that kids have a range of abilities that need to be judged on a case-by-case basis.

Every child in America should learn English so that they can succeed in this country. But this vague, poorly written measure doesn't say how the system would work, who qualifies for it, or how it would be implemented. It could even lead to limiting some students to just one year of learning English.

We believe that our local communities know best how to help their students become good citizens. But Measure 58 would leave those decisions to Salem bureaucrats.

Measure 58 is just the latest unfunded mandate that would take money away from our classrooms.

Measure 58 is the wrong answer – please join Oregon PTA in voting No on Measure 58.

Oregon PTA

(This information furnished by Anita Olsen, Oregon PTA.)


Argument in Opposition

The Oregon Education Association
Asks You to Vote No on Measure 58

Kids Deserve More Than a One-Size-Fits-All Mandate!

Measure 58 imposes a one-size-fits-all mandate to teaching our kids. As educators, we know that not all children learn in exactly the same way. The reality is that kids have a range of ability that need to be judged on a case-by-case basis.

Measure 58 takes decisions about our public schools away from parents and teachers and puts it in the hands of racketeer Bill Sizemore. Bill Sizemore has no background in education, but he continues to promote bad ideas that will do real harm to our schools.

Measure 58 creates obstacles to learning. Every child in America should learn English in order to succeed in the classroom and in life. But we don't need to put unrealistic deadlines on how many years it takes to learn English. We're setting our kids up to fail. And we're setting our schools up to lose millions of dollars in funding.

Measure 58 doesn't address the needs of our schools. Oregon is just now recovering from over a decade of cuts. Our schools have suffered over $1 billion in painful cuts. Rather than continuing to move forward, this measure will take us backward by taking nearly half a billion dollars out of the classroom.

The 48,000 teachers, school employees, and community
college faculty of the Oregon Education Association
urge you to join us in
voting no on Measure 58.

Vote No on 58

The Oregon Education Association

Larry Wolf, President
Oregon Education Association

(This information furnished by Larry Wolf, President, Oregon Education Association.)


Argument in Opposition

The Oregon Nurses Association Says
Vote NO on Measure 58

Oregon's Children Deserve Better than Measure 58!

As nurses, we strive to provide the best medical care to children across the state, and we are at the forefront of the effort to provide healthcare for all children. We know that children are the most vulnerable among us and early checkups, combined with preventive care, help ensure that our kids grow up healthy and strong. But along with strong bodies, we believe in making sure children develop strong minds.

Measure 58 Ignores Oregon's Unique Communities

Oregon is a state with a diverse set of communities: Urban, rural and coastal. Like our patients, each and every community needs specialized care; a treatment for one patient may not work for another. In the same way, solutions that work in Portland might not be right for Bend or Baker City. Yet Measure 58 ignores this fact and instead writes a one-size-fits-all prescription for schools, and does so at huge expense.

Measure 58 Will Cut Hundreds of Millions of Dollars from Already Strapped School Budgets!

This measure will cost schools an astounding $253 million in each of the first two years, a total of over a half billion dollars in just two years. That is money that would be much better spent reducing class size, providing textbooks and repairing schoolhouses.

Measure 58 Hurts The Most Vulnerable Among Us: Oregon's Children!

Most importantly, Measure 58 negatively affects the most vulnerable Oregon school children. The measure offers no exception for students with learning disabilities and places arbitrary deadlines on students, forcing them out of programs whether they are ready or not. This is not just unfair, it is bad education policy.

We urge you to vote no on Measure 58.

(This information furnished by Jack Dempsey, Oregon Nurses Association.)


Argument in Opposition

Oregon's Public School Leaders
Urge a "NO" Vote on Measure 58

We don't need Measure 58's unintended consequences

We are working together with public school teachers, administrators and parents to ensure that our children are ready to face the challenges of the 21st Century. That's why we oppose Measure 58.

Measure 58 is one more unfunded mandate that will take money away from where we need it most–our classrooms. It's vague, poorly worded and full of unintended consequences.

Local school boards, parents, teachers and principals know that not all children learn in the same way or at the same rate. Yet Measure 58 imposes a one-size-fits-all mandate to teaching our children. What's more, under Measure 58 some students would be limited to one year of learning English, regardless of proficiency–a policy that is inconsistent with national best practices.

Measure 58 creates obstacles to learning. Every American child should learn English because if you don't, you'll never succeed in this country. But we don't need to put arbitrary and unrealistic deadlines on students, nor do we need another unfunded mandate that makes it harder for our students to learn.

Join Us in Voting No on Measure 58.

Oregon School Boards Association, Board of Directors' Executive Committee

Craig Prewitt, OSBA President and Member, Phoenix-Talent School Board
Annette Mattson, OSBA President-Elect and Member, David Douglas School Board
Beth Gerot, OSBA Vice President and Member, Eugene School Board
Scott B. Pillar, OSBA Secretary-Treasurer and Board Chairman, High Desert ESD
Jeff Sanders, OSBA Past-President and Member, Jefferson 509J School Board

(This information furnished by Treasure Mackley, Parents and Teachers Know Better.)


Argument in Opposition

Dear Fellow Oregonians,

I believe it is our duty to ensure that every child in Oregon receives a quality education. This is the belief that I have carried with me in every role I have had the privilege of serving, whether as a local School Board Member, Secretary of State, or your Governor.

I know firsthand that every child is unique and that they all learn in different ways and at different speeds. As a ten-year school board member, I learned both the educational and financial realities of services for our district's children. Help and support paid off in successful learners. Measure 58 misses that point completely.

As the grandparent of children adopted from China, I know personally the importance of language support for these young new Oregonians.

Measure 58 unfairly punishes students of all ages. With no exceptions even for students with learning disabilities, Measure 58 fails our most vulnerable students. It places unrealistic deadlines on students, regardless of their proficiency.

Measure 58 takes away local control. I know how important it is that every school district be able to make the best decisions for their communities and students. Instead of allowing local school boards and districts to decide, Measure 58 imposes a one-size-fits-all statewide mandate.

Say "No" to Measure 58. It's not an answer for our children or our state. I hope you will join me in voting No on Measure 58.

Governor Barbara Roberts

(This information furnished by Treasure Mackley, Parents and Teachers Know Better.)


Argument in Opposition

School Superintendents Across Oregon
Reject Measure 58

As school superintendents, we work to ensure that our schools are run efficiently and are responsive to the needs of our particular communities. We must guarantee that all students have the tools they will need to compete in today's society, and we must do so in a way that is fiscally responsible. We strongly oppose Measure 58 because it violates these standards.

Measure 58 takes away local control from the parents, teachers and principals who have the ability to craft solutions that work locally. Instead, Measure 58 imposes a one size fits all mandate that does not take into account the demographic realities in a particular district.

The state of Oregon requires all students to learn English, and our schools are meeting that challenge. Measure 58 would undermine the hard work of the teachers who instruct English as a second language and the administrators who develop those programs for learning. Measure 58 relies on an undefined program of "English Immersion," the details of which will not be crafted in our local districts, nor by educators, but by bureaucrats in Salem.

Measure 58 will cost our schools over half a billion dollars during the first two years. School districts will have to commit already strained resources to comply with both the measure and federal law. The high cost of implementing Measure 58 would take valuable funds away from more pressing needs, like smaller class sizes, textbooks and computers.

Measure 58 brings politics to our schools instead of sound education policy. That is bad for our kids and is no way to operate our schools. We urge you to oppose Measure 58.

Sincerely,

Mark S. Mulvihill, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Umatilla-Morrow ESD

Craig Roessler
Superintendent
Silver Falls School District

(This information furnished by Mark S. Mulvihill.)


Argument in Opposition

Working Families Urge a No Vote on Measure 58
Parents and Teachers Know Better –
Vote No on Measure 58

When it comes to our children's education, the Oregon AFL-CIO believes that parents and teachers know best. That's why our more than 225,000 members are joining parents and teachers across the state to say No to Measure 58.

Please join the working men and women of the Oregon AFL-CIO and parents and teachers across Oregon who know better what's best for our kids and Vote No on Measure 58.

Oregon AFL-CIO

(This information furnished by Kathryn Grover, Oregon AFL-CIO.)


Argument in Opposition

Dear Oregon Voter:

It is my mission to ensure that every Oregon child has access to a quality education and that we invest in students from pre-school to graduate school. Measure 58 will do real harm to our public schools and cut nearly half a billion dollars from local school budgets. This measure will make it impossible for Oregon to prepare students for college and the workforce and for our state to have the best trained, best skilled, best educated workforce in America. Our schools and our economy can't afford Measure 58.

Measure 58 is a one-size-fits-all, unfunded mandate. Local parents, teachers and school leaders know what's best for their kids. This measure will take away a local community's ability to make decisions for its neighborhood schools.

It is estimated that this measure will cost hundreds of millions of dollars to implement. If the measure were in effect today, that would mean 20 percent less funding available for Oregon's schools. 20 percent fewer text books. 20 percent fewer teachers. 20 percent fewer programs like art and music. 20 percent fewer school days. Our kids deserve more not less.

We all want our children to succeed and for some Oregon students, learning English is key to that success. But this measure does nothing to ensure that students will learn English better or faster. Instead, this ill-conceived measure unfairly punishes students. It doesn't take into account the individual and unique needs of student. Measure 58 is so extreme that it doesn't even make exceptions for students with learning disabilities.

Measure 58 is full of unintended consequences and takes Oregon schools down the wrong path. I hope you will join me in voting No on Measure 58.

Sincerely,

Ted Kulongoski
Governor

(This information furnished by Governor Ted Kulongoski.)


Argument in Opposition

Public school teachers, administrators and parents are working together to ensure that our children are ready to face the challenges of the 21st Century. That's why we oppose Measure 58.

Measure 58 weakens local districts and wastes education funds.

Parents, teachers and principals know that the most important part of the education process is the ability to spend time, one-on-one, with individual students. Measure 58 will limit the time teachers can teach English in ways that work. Students would only get one to two years before being forced into a curriculum for which they may not be ready. This is bad for all students.

Measure 58 does nothing to ensure that students learn English. Oregon already requires all students to learn English, and gives local school districts the ability to craft solutions that work in their own communities.

Students don't need more bureaucracy and more wasted dollars. It's not good for students and it's no way to run an efficient school. Measure 58 will introduce politics into our classrooms. That's the last thing our students need.

We urge you to oppose Measure 58

Confederation of Oregon School Administrators

(This information furnished by Chuck Bennett, Confederation of Oregon School Administrators.)


Argument in Opposition

Every Child is Unique

Vote No on Measure 58

The Human Services Coalition of Oregon is a statewide group of dozens of organizations and individuals. Our mission is to promote the dignity of all Oregonians through improved public policy and strengthened support of human services. As service providers, we know that every child is unique. In order for children to succeed, they need to be treated as the individuals they are—no single solution will work for all students.

Measure 58 is a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Oregon's children. We know firsthand that children learn best when they are given individual instruction. Measure 58 mandates that all Oregon students learn at the same rate. It hasn't worked in any state where it's been tried, and it will fail Oregon students.

Measure 58 takes control away from the people who know students best—parents, teachers, and school districts. Every Oregon community has different needs. Measure 58 requires that every school district function identically. But what works in Eugene won't necessarily work in Pendleton.

Measure 58 takes money away from where it's needed most—the classroom. This measure is a such a sweeping change in education policy that it will cost an estimate quarter of a billion dollars every year. That is money that will come out of Oregon classrooms, leading to larger class sizes and shorter school years.

Oregon's kids should be treated as the individuals they are. Vote NO on Measure 58.

Human Services Coalition of Oregon (HSCO)

(This information furnished by John Mullin, Co-Chair, Human Services Coalition of Oregon.)


Argument in Opposition

Vote No! on Ballot Measure 58—A Cost Too Great!

We are organizations that work daily with Latino immigrant families. There is a strong will and desire to learn English among new immigrants, as they work for better lives for their children and families. Measure 58 would bring deep and long-lasting harm to these families and to Oregon as a whole.

Measure 58 would make it harder for immigrant children to master the English language, threatening their economic and professional future and depriving the state of their future contributions. Oregonians don't need another unfunded mandate that does nothing to improve our school's education programs and sets unrealistic deadlines on how many years it takes to learn English.

Education experts around the nation agree that the most effective way to help students learn English and promote high academic achievement has nothing to do with an arbitrary timeline. In fact, children learn English more quickly, along with math, science and other academic subjects, when at least some of their instruction is in their native language. Measure 58 would take effective and proven teaching methods out of the hands of educators.

Measure 58 would cost Oregonians a quarter of a Billion Dollars. The Financial Estimate Committee says $250 million would be spent under Measure 58 in each of the first two years for training new "English immersion" teachers and aides for local school districts. The measure would have a drastic effect on Oregon's General Fund, slashing available funding for colleges and universities, health care, human services, public schools and public safety.

Oregonians should vote NO! on Measure 58—a costly one-size-fits-all approach to teaching that takes away local control from parents, teachers and school districts—those who know what works best for our children.

Ramon Ramirez, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN)
Aeryca Steinbauer, CAUSA
Francisco Lopez, Voz Hispana

(This information furnished by Aeryca Steinbauer, CAUSA.)


Argument in Opposition

Oregon AFSCME Council 75 (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) opposes Measure 58. It takes away local control and forces a "one-size-fits-all" solution on teachers and students in a thoughtless manner.

Only One Year of English
Students learn differently and sometimes it takes longer to learn some things. It is important for every child to learn English, but the artificial deadline in Measure 58 is no way to learn. Even worse, because of how poorly this measure is written, some students may only get one year of English.

Too many times local governments and school boards have been saddled with one-size-fits-all mandates. As a statewide organization we know that what works in Portland doesn't necessarily work in Coos Bay, or in Salem, or in Harney County. This measure forces local school districts to all be treated the same, regardless of their community needs. We believe that solutions need to be local, well thought-out and be based on evidence and research. Measure 58 doesn't even come close.

Another Bad Idea by Bill Sizemore
Who would put a measure on the ballot that could do this much damage to students and teachers and cost Oregonians millions of dollars? Bill Sizemore. He makes money by exploiting the initiative system by getting wealthy out-of-state donors to pay him to file dozens of initiatives, with no thought to their impact on Oregonians.

The question is who is better to make sure children learn English, their teachers or Bill Sizemore? We think teachers, and ask you to vote "No!"

Vote No! on Measure 58.

(This information furnished by Joe Baessler, Oregon AFSCME Council 75.)


Argument in Opposition

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon Urges You to
Vote NO on 58

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is a statewide association of Christian denominations, congregations, ecumenical organizations and interfaith partners. We have studied Measure 58 and believe it is unfair, unequal and expensive – with unintended consequences.

Measure 58 is Unfair, Unequal, Expensive and
full of Unintended Consequences.

The Bible reminds us that children are gifts from God and are among the most vulnerable members of society. Jesus invited the children "to come unto him" (Mark 10:13-16; cf., Matthew 19:13 15; Luke 18:15-17), and so we are to welcome children, teaching and learning in ways that recognize their cultural diversity, complexity and unique life circumstances.

Unfortunately, Measure 58 imposes a statewide "one size fits all" approach to language learning that takes away local control from the parents, teachers, principals and community leaders who know our children best. It was not written by educational experts. It is a non-educational expedited approach to teaching that is not based on nationally recognized best practices related to the teaching of non-native English speaking students and preparing for academic readiness. Measure 58 is overly simplified and punitive to students who need extra language assistance to be educationally successful.

Measure 58 requires new English immersion programs that will cost millions to implement without providing any funding for these new mandates. As a result, Measure 58 diverts precious resources from other needs of vulnerable children and puts yet another burden on our schools, and on our students and their families--without helping them to carry out the new requirements contained in this measure.

Please Vote NO on Measure 58!

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

(This information furnished by Kevin Finney, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.)


Argument in Opposition

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon
Urges You to Vote "No" On Measure 58

The ACLU of Oregon is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of civil liberties and rights for all Oregonians.

Measure 58 is a bad idea that restricts Oregon children's right to quality education. It is full of unintended consequences. Measure 58 has far-reaching implications that will negatively affect our schools, our children, and our communities for years to come.

Measure 58 endangers quality education for all of our students.

We urge you to Vote "No" on Measure 58

David Fidanque, Executive Director
ACLU of Oregon

(This information furnished by David Fidanque, Executive Director, ACLU of Oregon.)


Argument in Opposition

Rural Oregonians Urge You to Vote No on Measure 58

Measure 58 will harm small towns and local school districts.
Oregon is made up of a lot more than the I-5 corridor –
from Irrigon to Florence to Baker City –
and each of our communities is unique.

Measure 58 assumes that what works in Portland
will work in Baker City.
The truth is Measure 58 takes away the ability of local parents,
teachers and school boards to decide what's best
for our children and communities.

Measure 58 is so poorly written that it doesn't specify how the
system would work, who qualifies for the program or
how it would be implemented.
Under Measure 58 most students would be limited to only one
year of learning English,
which is no way to make sure that all students have
the opportunities they deserve.

Measure 58 will cost Oregon taxpayers $506 million dollars
in the first two years alone.
Oregon's rural communities are
losing funds as it is.
Measure 58 will cost Oregon
taxpayers money we simply don't have.

The Rural Organizing Project is a statewide coalition
of community groups that strives to protect the interests
of rural Oregonians.

We urge you to protect Oregon's small towns
and school districts and
vote No on Measure 58.

Rural Organizing Project

(This information furnished by Amy Dudley, Rural Organizing Project.)


Argument in Opposition

Oregon Democrats Urge a No Vote on Measure 58

Measure 58 is bad education policy, pure and simple. Oregon requires all students to learn English, and that is a good thing. Measure 58 would make the job of our schools to teach English to non-native speakers much harder, and in the process would take hundreds of millions of dollars away from the urgent challenges our schools face.

Bill Sizemore, the man behind Measure 58, is not an educator. In fact, he is a racketeer whose organization has been caught multiple times forging signatures and committing fraud on petitions to qualify measures for the ballot.

Sizemore's measures routinely take aim at working Oregonians like teachers, nurses, and firefighters. These proud public servants can fight back, but what about the most vulnerable Oregonians? Measure 58 would unfairly punish students by imposing arbitrary and unreasonable deadlines for learning, and does not have an exception for children with learning disabilities.

If Measure 58 seems out of touch with Oregon values, it might be because the main funder doesn't live here. Loren Parks, who is a wealthy Nevada businessman, has provided over 80% of the cash used to promote Measure 58. Sizemore's out-of-state benefactor has a history of funding ideologically driven causes, but no record of improving Oregon schools.

Oregonians trust teachers and parents to make the tough choices educating our students because they have the knowledge and commitment to do what it takes to prepare our kids for the future. We strongly oppose this attempt to take decision making away from those who know our local communities best.

Oregon Democratic Party

(This information furnished by Meredith Wood Smith, Democratic Party of Oregon.)


Argument in Opposition

SEIU Says No on 58

The Service Employees International Union represents 51,000 Oregon workers. Our members are front-line workers who pave our roads and staff our universities. We are health care and child care providers. We clean buildings and we protect abused and neglected kids. Our members are strong supporters of a high quality public education system that gives all of our children the best chance for a successful future.

We oppose Measure 58 because it is vague, full of unintended consequences and takes away local control from teachers, school districts and principles who know our schools best.

Measure 58 is an idea that's failed in other states. It proposes a system but it doesn't provide any details on how to make it work, who qualifies for it, or how it will be implemented. It's so poorly written that most students will be limited to only one year of English.

Measure 58 will cost money we don't have. In the first two years alone, Measure 58 will cost Oregon over half a billion dollars. And Bill Sizemore, the man behind the measure, neglected to figure out how Oregon will pay for it. This is just another one of Sizemore's schemes to take money out of our classrooms.

Measure 58 unfairly punishes students. With no exceptions for students with learning disabilities, Measure 58 is unfair to our most vulnerable students and it forces our kids into a one-size-fits-all box that simply doesn't work.

Like most working people, we rely on public schools to educate our kids. Measure 58 does nothing to improve the quality of our kids' education.

Join the 51,000 members of SEIU and Vote No on Measure 58.

Portia Moye, Childcare Provider

(This information furnished by Arthur Towers, Political Director, SEIU Local 503.)


Argument in Opposition

Fellow Oregonian:

We are lucky here in Oregon – lucky to have good, quality teachers and dedicated students who want to learn. I am proud of our public school system and the educational opportunities that are afforded to Oregon's children. That's why I am opposed to Measure 58.

There are some things that we can all agree upon. Oregonians place great value in the education of our children in public schools. But Measure 58 fails to live up to the promises and obligations we must meet to educate our children.

Measure 58 takes away local control from the principals, school districts and teachers who know our schools best. What works best in Portland may not work well in Pendleton. Measure 58 implements a one-size-fits-all mandate that's not good for schools or students.

Measure 58 creates obstacles to learning. Every child in America should learn English because if you don't learn English, you'll never succeed in this country. But Measure 58 puts unrealistic deadlines on how students learn English. We don't need another unfunded mandate that makes it harder for our students to learn.

Measure 58 could limit some students to only one year of learning English. Under Measure 58, some students would only receive one year of learning English – that's not fair to our kids and it's not sound education policy.

As a former Governor and a firm believer in education, I know that Measure 58 is not good for Oregon's schools or students. Please join me in voting No on Measure 58.

Sincerely,

Governor Victor Atiyeh

(This information furnished by Treasure Mackley, Parents and Teachers Know Better.)


Argument in Opposition

The Oregon Association for the Education of
Young Children Opposes Measure 58

The Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children is dedicated to improving the quality of educational and developmental services that enhance the well-being of all young children. That is why we oppose Measure 58.

Measure 58 will not make it easier for students to learn English. In fact, it would make it more difficult.

Measure 58 will not ease the challenge school districts face teaching English. In fact, it would make the job tougher.

Measure 58 will not save Oregonians money. In fact, the cost would be at least $253 million in each of the first two years to start.

The claims of those who support Measure 58
just don't hold up.

Measure 58 would force kids who do not speak English as a first language out of bilingual education programs after just one to two years. The effect would be to send unprepared students into the mainstream curriculum where they may fall behind in not just English, but math and science as well.

Measure 58 calls for a program that requires non-English speaking students be "immersed in English," but the measure does not define what this means. That means that a committee in Salem, not the educators that know our school districts best, will be in charge of creating the program.

Measure 58 would cost Oregonians over $500 million during just the first two years. Oregonians would prefer that money be spent on improvements to our schools, like new textbooks, computers and smaller class sizes, not wasted on a program that won't work.

Measure 58 is unfair to students,
school districts and Oregonians.
Vote no on Measure 58.

Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children

(This information furnished by Treasure Mackley, Parents & Teachers Know Better.)


Argument in Opposition

NO on 58!

We ask fellow Oregonians to join the Center for Intercultural Organizing, Latino Network and the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, in ensuring equal education to all the children of this state by voting NO on Measure 58.

(This information furnished by Lisa Reed Guarnero, Center for Intercultural Organizing.)


Argument in Opposition

SEIU Local 49 Opposes Measure 58

SEIU Local 49 represents more than 7,000 members including certified nursing assistants, phlebotomists, laboratory assistants and other health care workers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Local 49 members also work as janitors, cleaning commercial office space, government buildings and public schools.

The future of an educated health-care work force, as well as career paths for the children of janitors, depend on access to local public schools where they have the flexibility to give every child what they need to learn. SEIU Local 49 is opposed to measure 58.

We urge you to oppose Measure 58:

Measure 58 is wrong for Oregon students and wrong for
Oregon schools. Please vote no on Measure 58.

SEIU Local 49

(This information furnished by Felisa Hagins, SEIU Local 49.)


Argument in Opposition

Parents Say No to Measure 58

As active members of our local schools, we work hand in hand with the teachers in our school district to ensure our kids get the very best education. It is this kind of partnership and cooperation between the people who know our local schools best that we achieve positive results. We much prefer having a direct hand in our children's education to having education policy handed down by government bureaucrats. That is why we oppose Measure 58.

Measure 58 was not written by educators or in collaboration with parents and teachers, and it shows. The measure is so poorly written that the details will have to be worked out by legislators in Salem. It will be up to them to define how the system will work, who will be eligible and how to implement it. This is no way to develop education policy.

As parents of kids who attend Oregon schools, we know a bad idea when we see it. Vote no on Measure 58.

Sincerely,

Leslie Carlson
Parent, Abernathy School

Amy Edwards
Parent, Glencoe Elementary School

Mike Rosen
Parent, Portland

(This information furnished by Treasure Mackley, Parents and Teachers Know Better.)


Argument in Opposition

Dear Fellow Voter:

The Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA) represents over 21,000 educational employees working in Oregon school districts, community colleges, education service districts, Head Start agencies, libraries, and park and recreation districts. Our organization represents the second largest membership of educational staff in Oregon, from special education, instructional and library assistants to secretaries, teachers, custodians, and many more. Our members' daily interactions with students in such a wide variety of situations gives us a unique perspective on the needs of those students.

We oppose Measure 58 because it would impose yet another layer of bureaucracy on our schools. Instead of letting each community determine its own needs and programs for English language learners, Measure 58 would take away that local control and leave an unfunded mandate in its place. And because it's so poorly written, the consequences could range from taking money out of the rest of our classrooms to forcing some students out of programs after only one year.

Measure 58 also fails to specify how the system would work, who qualifies for the program, or how it would be implemented. And it does not make exceptions for students with learning disabilities. That's just not right.

We know that Measure 58 is just another one-size-fits-all mandate that will cost millions to implement and is full of unintended consequences. It's definitely not the help our students need.

OSEA's members continue to work every day to help our students learn and grow.

Please join us in voting no on Measure 58.

Sincerely,

The 21,000 members of the Oregon School Employees Association

(This information furnished by Merlene Martin, President, Oregon School Employees Association.)


Argument in Opposition

Dear Oregon Voter,

I ask you to vote NO on Measure 58—a One-Size-Fits-All mandate for teaching our kids. In my time as Oregon's Superintendent of Public Instruction I've had the privilege of visiting schools and meeting students in every corner of our state. One important lesson I have learned is that not all children learn in exactly the same way at exactly the same pace. The reality in our schools is that our students have different levels of ability and our teachers need the flexibility to help our students on a case-by-case basis.

Measure 58 takes away local control from our teachers and schools.
Our teachers are the best judge of what works for their students. What works in Portland might not work in Pendleton or Coos Bay.

Measure 58 punishes students who need extra help.
This measure makes no exceptions for students with special needs or learning disabilities. That puts too much pressure on these students and their teachers.

Measure 58 creates new obstacles to learning for our students.
Every child in America should learn English. If you don't learn the language it will be hard to succeed in our country. But we don't need to put unrealistic deadlines on how long it takes to learn English.

Measure 58 is just another bad idea from Bill Sizemore that will cost our schools hundreds of millions of dollars to implement.
At a time when our schools are trying to pay for the basics, Bill Sizemore has cooked up another bad idea that will cost up to $250 million dollars a year to implement. Our schools don't need another unfunded mandate.

Measure 58 is vague, poorly written, and full of unintended consequences. I urge every Oregonian to vote NO on Measure 58.

Sincerely,

Susan Castillo
Superintendent of Public Instruction

(This information furnished by Susan Castillo, Superintendent of Public Instruction.)


Argument in Opposition

Measure 58 is Bad for Kids
Oregon Teachers Ask You to Vote No

As teachers, it's our job to provide the best education for our kids. We won't be able to do that if Measure 58 passes. We know firsthand that every student learns differently. Every child has a range of abilities and learns at their own pace. Measure 58 doesn't recognize the uniqueness of our students and it unfairly punishes kids.

Measure 58 will impose a one-size-fits-all mandate on our kids and creates obstacles to learning. We've seen the harm of cookie-cutter, federal and state mandates and Measure 58 will only make things worse.

We know that for our kids to succeed, they need to learn English and perform well academically. But Measure 58 puts unrealistic deadlines on how many years it takes to learn English. And we don't need another unfunded mandate making it harder for students to learn. Measure 58 will cost nearly half a billion dollars to implement. Our schools can't afford that kind of cut. If Measure 58 passes, we'll have to increase class sizes, and cut programs like art and music.

Measure 58 is vague and full of unintended consequences. Measure 58 is so poorly written it doesn't specify how the system would work, who qualifies for the program or how it would be implemented. And because it's so poorly written, most students would be limited to only one year of learning English.

Let teachers, parents and local communities
decide what's best for kids!

Don't let Bill Sizemore do any more harm
to our schools!

Vote No on Measure 58.

Mary Morton
2nd Grade Teacher
Wascher Elementary
McMinnville, SD
Sena Norton
6th Grade Teacher
Oregon Trail School District
Lori Evans
5th Grade Teacher
Eagle Rock Elementary
Eagle Point, Oregon
Gail Grobey
English/Social Studies
High School Teacher
Newberg, OR

(This information furnished by Treasure Mackley, Parents and Teachers Know Better.)


Argument in Opposition

Stand for Children Urges Oregon Voters to Reject Measure 58

Stand for Children is a citizen voice for children. Our mission is to teach everyday people how to join together in an effective grassroots voice in order to win concrete, long-lasting improvements for children at both state and local levels. We believe that Measure 58 is wrong for Oregon's schools and students. It's vague and full of unintended consequences, and it will take away local control from the community, principals, school districts and teachers who know our schools best.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Our Communities Know Best

Unintended Consequences

Stand for Children believes that learning English maximizes every student's chance for success. But we don't need another unfunded mandate that would cost millions and punish our students to do it. Please join us in voting No on Measure 58.

Stand for Children

(This information furnished by Jonah Edelman, Stand for Children.)


Argument in Opposition

Oregon Educational Professionals Oppose Measure 58

The Oregon chapter of the American Federation of Teachers believes in high quality, universal public education for every child, because that is the ticket to a better future for every child. We have studied Measure 58, and are disappointed to report that it would be a failure for our children.

Our students need our support, not another one-size-fits-all mandate that will drain money out of our classrooms.

Educational professionals of the American Federation of Teachers-Oregon urge you to vote No on Measure 58.

American Federation of Teachers - Oregon

(This information furnished by Mark Schwebke, President, American Federation of Teachers- Oregon.)


Argument in Opposition

Parents & Teachers Know Better OPPOSES Measure 58
Because it imposes a one-size-fits-all mandate
on students and teachers

Here are just some of the groups from around the state who
OPPOSE Measure 58:

Oregon PTA
The Oregon Education Association
Oregon School Employees Association
American Federation of Teachers-Oregon
Oregon School Boards Association
Confederation of Oregon School Administrators
Stand for Children
United Way Mid-Willamette Valley
Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children
Oregon Alliance of Retired Americans
Elders in Action Commission
Oregon Nurses Association
Oregon Democratic Party
Ted Kulongoski Governor
Governor Barbara Roberts
Governor Victor Atiyeh
Susan Castillo Superintendent of Public Instruction
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
SEIU Oregon State Council
SEIU Local 49
SEIU Local 503
Oregon AFSCME Council 75
Working Families Party of Oregon
Oregon AFL-CIO
Human Services Coalition of Oregon (HSCO)
PCUN
Rural Organizing Project
Tax Fairness Oregon
Basic Rights Oregon
CAUSA
Community Action Partnership of Oregon
Community Alliance of Tenants
NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon
ONE Voice for Child Care
Adelante Mujeres
Gary Hargett
Multnomah County Democrats
Center for Intercultural Organizing
Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ
PSU Chapter- American Association of University Professors
Oregon Health Action Campaign
Oregon Opportunity Network
David Fidanque, Executive Director ACLU of Oregon
Frederick Olson, Co-Chair, Advocacy Coalition of Seniors and People with Disabilities
Francisco Lopez, Voz Hispana
Eugene- Springfield Solidarity Network/Jobs with Justice
Representative Diane Rosenbaum
Senator Rod Monroe
Senator Suzanne Bonamici
Ainsworth United Church of Christ, Justice Commission

For more information and a complete list:
www.parentsandteachersknowbetter.com
www.NoOn58and60.com

(This information furnished by Treasure Mackley, Parents and Teachers Know Better.)