PORTLAND, Ore. — Paying for schools changed in Oregon in the early 1990's with the passage of Measure 5, which capped property taxes, and by other measures which followed.
The change shifted school funding from local school districts to state lawmakers. There have been battles over paying for schools at the legislature ever since.
State and local funding for schools
Documents supplied by the Oregon Legislative Revenue Office show that in 1991, state and local funding for public schools totaled $2,379,032,000. Of that amount, the state contributed 34.4% with the rest coming from local sources.
The estimated payment for the fiscal year 2018-19 is $6,077,521,000. Of that amount 67.5% is state funding with the rest coming from local sources.
In 1992-93, there were 487,075 students in Oregon’s public schools. The state sent districts $5,117.40 for each student.
In 2018-19, there are 575,797 students in public schools. The state sends districts $10,004.90 for each student.