- Associated Press - Friday, July 15, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - State officials say a measure aimed at raising Oregon’s high school graduation rate has qualified for the November ballot.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (https://bit.ly/29GCnFB ) Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins announced Thursday that the proposal received more than the 88,000 signatures required to get it on the ballot.

If approved by voters, Oregon high schools would get about $800 a year for each student. Schools would be required to put the money toward more college-level or career-oriented courses, tutoring services and other programs intended to boost graduation rates.

The initiative’s supporters are hoping it’ll keep Oregon students from dropping out, as the state has one of the nation’s worst high school graduation rates.

State figures show the main group backing the proposal, Oregonians for High School Success, has raised about $4.2 million.


Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, https://www.oregonlive.com

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