Measure 98

Argument in Favor

Let’s graduate more students AND set them up for success.

I just finished my first year at North Marion High School, teaching math and a Career Tech class in welding and metals. After a career in sheet metal, I became certified to teach advanced math.

In high school, I was the kid who struggled in academic classes, especially math. I didn’t want to raise my hand for fear of looking dumb.

Today, as a math teacher, I see myself in students every day. Those who struggle the most have a hard time finding the material relevant. But in my metals classes, when that math lesson is applied to something real, I see how all that falls away. They have a sense of accomplishment when they hold an object they have created.

For students struggling in their book-based classes, Career Technical education is a lifeline.

Unfortunately, far too few students have CTE opportunities. Oregon hasn’t prioritized funding for these classes and most school districts don’t offer much CTE.

Now, Oregon’s graduation rate is among the nation’s worst. And data show that many who do graduate are unprepared after high school. They lack skills, motivation and confidence. We also have employers facing a shortage of skilled, competent workers for good-paying jobs.

But there is a sure way out of these problems.

Measure 98 dedicates new state revenues to fund CTE, along with dropout prevention and college prep courses in our high schools.

CTE teaches basic career skills and exposes students to good-paying careers, regardless of whether they go to college. Welders make good wages, as do engineers, ship captains, medical professionals and a range of occupations that our students can build skills toward during high school.

We know hands-on learning is a route to success. It’s time to give students this opportunity in every part of our state. Please join me in voting YES on 98!

J.R. Rogers, Math & Metals Teacher
North Marion High School

(This information furnished by Mallori R. Marks-McNally.)

Argument in Favor

Vote Yes on 98

This is way beyond your mother’s old fashioned auto shop

Computer coding
3D printing
Video design
Technical drawing

These are the jobs and careers of today’s and tomorrow’s economy. They’re huge right now.

These fields provide jobs for high-skilled workers and there are new companies springing up every day who need people to fill these positions. Right here in Oregon. But we have a problem.

There’s not enough skilled workers here to fill these high-paying jobs. Oregon companies end up importing skilled workers from other states. One reason? Our high schools are out of date and they don’t offer an introduction to these skills.

Sure, there is an occasional 3D printer and computer coding class in one high school or another in the state. But it’s not enough.

We believe something very simple: That every high school student in Oregon should have access to modern career-technical education, whether they decide to go to college or straight into a career after high school.

If you agree, join us in voting YES on Measure 98.

Measure 98 will do just that: Make career technical education classes available to every Oregon high school student no matter where they live. That’s classes in everything from computer technology, to medical biotechnology, to graphic design, to robotics.

Measure 98 funds these programs with new revenue sent to the state by our growing population and successful tax-paying businesses. It will cost only 1% of the state budget.

And local school districts can decide which high school programs are best for their local community.

That’s a recipe for success. And a path to great careers for our local students.

It’s a yes-brainer. Vote Yes on Measure 98.

Celeste Edman
CEO, Lunar Logic

Todd Edman
CEO, Waitrainer

Joaquin Lippincott
Metal Toad

Sabrina Parsons
Palo Alto Software, Inc.

Bill Townsley

Wayne “Skip” Trantow
Former Intel

(This information furnished by Hannah N. Greenberg.)

Argument in Favor

City Club of Portland Recommends a Yes Vote on Measure 98
Support Funding for Programs that Improve Overall Student Success

Why was Measure 98 proposed?

In 2015, Oregon’s high school graduation rate was unacceptably low, at 74 percent. In a recent state-by-state ranking done by the U.S. Department of Education, Oregon ranked near the bottom at 47th.

The problem is most acute among communities of color: The four-year graduation/completion rate was 59 percent for American Indian students, 64 percent for Black students and 69 percent for Hispanic students.

Oregon has dug itself into this hole for decades with declining funding for K-12 education; Oregon spends considerably less than the national average of $11,009 per student. Measure 98’s proponents aim to change this trajectory by mandating additional, targeted funding.

Why vote YES?

Who is City Club of Portland?

We bring together civic-minded people to make Portland and Oregon better places to live, work and play for everyone. Read our complete recommendation and become a City Club member at:

(This information furnished by Mike Marshall, Executive Director / City Club of Portland.)

Argument in Favor

Career technical education engages high schoolers and drives graduation rates up

VOTE YES on 98!

I teach auto shop, which is career technical education (CTE) and I can tell you–our high schoolers need more opportunities for these hands-on learning classes.

It’s becoming a real problem for Oregon. Just look at our abysmal graduation rates. It’s because we just don’t make CTE a priority. Many schools have no CTE at all and others don’t have enough room for all the students who want to take classes. At my school last year, approximately 150 students clamored to get into my classes and we managed to squeeze in 80. There’s unmet need like this all across Oregon.

High school students in other states have access to a long list of classes that relate directly to good-paying jobs. Measure 98 would provide increased and stable funding for Oregon high schools to expand and bring our CTE offerings into the 21st century.

CTE teaches basic, practical skills like using tools, problem-solving and working as a team. We teach them what an employer expects. They awaken to possibilities for skilled jobs that they won’t necessarily learn about via a “college-only” path. These jobs pay living wages and provide good benefits.

CTE also keeps would-be dropouts engaged in school–especially those who don’t plan to go to college. I have had many kids say that my class was the only reason they came to school. The truth is, we’re trying to push 100 percent of kids into college when less than half of all jobs require a college degree.

The graduation rate for Oregon high school students who complete two or more CTE classes is 15 points higher than the state’s overall graduation rate.

Measure 98 will restore and update CTE, increase our low high school graduation rate and prepare students for good-paying jobs.

Let’s do what works: Vote YES on 98!

Harold “Butch” Stetson
Auto shop teacher
Silverton High School

(This information furnished by Mallori R. Marks-McNally.)

Argument in Favor

Measure 98 boosts all Oregon high schools, not just some.

I taught advanced manufacturing, wood shop and other CTE classes at Sherwood High School for 30 years.

In all that time, my students never asked why they needed to learn what we were doing in class. In fact, they loved it.

We used CAD to do 3D printing, laser-cutting and milling. Students learned the same skills used at companies all over Oregon, at good-paying jobs. Through CTE, students pick up lessons and skills they can delve into in college or via training programs. These days, most college-bound students in other states are taking CTE classes.

In Oregon, however, CTE isn’t all that rosy: My administrators supported me in building CTE. I scraped together old, cast-off equipment from labs and businesses and went dumpster-diving for more gear.

We pulled it together, word got out and the classes had more students than our classrooms could handle. Teachers from around Oregon started calling and asking how I did it.

There was so much interest that I packed up some of the equipment in a trailer, towed it with my RV and went all around the state showing and telling how to create similar classes.

But this really isn’t how things should work. Something as important as whether students get opportunities to learn these valuable skills shouldn’t be left up to whether each teacher can pull it all together on their own.

Students all across Oregon should have access to modern CTE. That’s wood and auto shop, software development, robotics, engineering and more.

Students who learn in hands-on environments are more likely to graduate. Students taking two or more CTE classes graduate at rates about 15 percentage points better than overall graduation rates.

Join me in supporting Measure 98 so more students can learn on 21st century equipment and compete for 21st century jobs.

John Niebergall
Oregon CTE Teacher
2016 recipient of White House Champion of Change, for Making

(This information furnished by Hannah N. Greenberg.)

Argument in Favor

High school graduates support Measure 98!

A few years ago I had no idea what I would do after high school. But now I’m a freshman at college pursuing degrees in engineering and graphic arts.

I’m on this path because where I went to high school, Hermiston, had wood shop and construction classes. Thanks to the incredible hands-on learning environments of these classes, also called career technical education (CTE), my eyes are open to my own abilities.

These were more than just classes – we were a community at work. We built houses from the ground up. We learned the big things – like framing and foundations. We also learned about the small details that really impress people—the right colors and molding and finish work. Our instructors were experienced tradespeople who went out of their way to mentor us.

I can speak for my entire team when I tell you we loved doing the work. I even came in extra days. It was more than just a learning exercise. It felt like a job – and I was responsible for its success.

Now I’m clear on what I want to do and I got a great head start on pursuing my dream.

Most Oregon students, however, never have the opportunities I had because CTE isn’t available in most of our high schools – which lost programs due to budget cuts.

Students are curious and clamoring for hands-on experiences. With all the retiring baby boomers, our state has a real need for skilled young workers. Many good-paying jobs don’t require a four-year degree but instead require technical skills students can start building in high school.

Restoring CTE makes sense because young people need training to be Oregon’s next generation of skilled workers.

Let’s make this a reality, vote “yes” on 98!

Liz Herrera
Hermiston High School Graduate and George Fox College Freshman

(This information furnished by Kara J. Dahl, Treasurer, Vote Yes For 98.)

Argument in Favor

Message from a student who benefited:
Hands on learning makes all the difference

Join me in voting YES for Measure 98

I’m going into my third year of studying mechanical engineering and manufacturing technology at Oregon Institute of Technology. I owe it all to engineering and other career tech education classes I took during high school from great teachers, including Mr. John Niebergall at Sherwood High School.

I took engineering in my junior year and learned to use production tools and equipment such as the computer numeric control (CNC) machine, mills and 3D printers. I became proficient in software for 3D designing and modeling.

I already was on a path toward college but honestly, I never knew what it was that I wanted to do. I found out that engineering is what I’m supposed to be doing. My high school career tech classes changed everything for me.

That’s why I support Measure 98 – high schoolers all across Oregon should have the opportunity to take engineering and the broad array of hands-on vocational and career tech classes.

Schools in other states that are focused on career tech offer classes like aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, disaster response and others that relate directly to careers.

Today in Oregon, access to career tech depends on where you live and whether anyone at your school pulled together a smattering of short-lived grants and cast-off, outdated equipment. Budget cuts have reduced our opportunities.

Measure 98 would provide sustained resources that every district in Oregon could use for expanding and creating new career tech ed (modern classes and traditional ones like wood, metals and automotive shops). They can also add other college prep classes and guidance counselors and tutors.

High school is where young people should get introduced to career paths and learn hands-on, real-world skills.

Please vote YES on 98!

Garret Heckenberg
Klamath Falls

(This information furnished by Kara J. Dahl, Treasurer, Vote Yes For 98.)

Argument in Favor

Oregon Nurses Association Supports Measure 98

Nurses are Oregon’s frontline health care providers, working throughout the state to care for patients and promote healthy communities for all. The Oregon Nurses Association supports Measure 98 because:

Students who graduate high school are healthier and better off.
Oregon has the country’s 4th lowest high school graduation rate. We’re losing 10,000 students every year to a potential lifetime of limited life outcomes, low employment and poor health.

This is our chance to lift up a generation of Oregonians who are right now falling through the cracks. By getting our kids graduating, we can change the lives of a generation of Oregonians over the next ten years. Those are the kind of results nurses like!

Oregon needs more nurses.
Oregon will need at least 20,000 new nurses within the next decade because of an aging population and workforce. But Oregon cut vocational education classes in half over the last decade – including pre-nursing and emergency medicine.

Measure 98 helps fix that. Measure 98 restores and modernizes career technical education, which will help revive a pipeline of interested future nurses and other health professionals.

Too many kids are dropping out because they’re not getting the support they need.
Over a decade ago, budget cuts forced schools to get rid of school nurses and guidance counselors and slashed vocational education. For many kids, those supports were what kept them in school. When we cut them, the bottom fell out on those kids.

Measure 98 helps fix that. Measure 98 will help schools bring back counselors, tutors and health workers to get kids back on track.

Let’s get our students healthy, educated and graduated!

Please join the Oregon Nurses Association in voting Yes on 98!

Jenn Baker
Oregon Nurses Association

(This information furnished by Ryan W. Brown.)

Argument in Favor

Auto Trades and Hobbyists Support Measure 98

We are Oregonians who love and share a mutual interest in all automotive industries, as both a trade and a hobby. When we were in high school, we learned practical skills in shop, home economics and more. In the past, everyone took these classes and they were a foundation for our life.

Let’s Teach Practical Skills Again and Pass Measure 98

Today, vocational and career technical education barely exists in Oregon. That’s why we need Measure 98
In the last decade, Oregon cut career technical education in half. Now Oregon’s high school graduation rate is among the worst in the entire country and a generation of kids don’t know how things work and lack skills to get good-paying jobs.

Auto Shop Teaches More than Just Cars!
Learning how to build and fix cars is a valuable skill – where students learn math, science, computer technology, problem-solving and teamwork.

There are many good paying jobs in the automotive trades.
Nationally, the number of jobs for automotive technicians is expected to grow by 17% over the coming

More Vocational and Career Technical Education = More Graduates, More Careers, More Success
The lucky few Oregon high school students who get vocational classes graduate at a rate about 15 points better than overall rates. Measure 98 will help ensure every student has access to career technical education.

Measure 98 Restores Vocational and Career Technical Education – in a cost-effective way!
Oregon will collect over $1.5 billion in new revenue next year because more people than ever are working here. Measure 98 costs a small amount of that new money – just a little over 1% of Oregon’s budget – and promises a great return on that investment.

Join us in supporting Measure 98

Catherine Webb
Northwest Automotive Trades Association

Travis Berry
Auto Shop Instructor Assistant

Glenn Campbell
Automotive Teacher
Hillsboro High School

Brian Aust
Auto Enthusiast

(This information furnished by Brittany M. Costa.)

Argument in Favor

Measure 98 brings real-world skill-building to Oregon’s high schools; and helps our youth graduate and succeed!

Vote YES on 98!!

I’m a retired police sergeant and now work in school safety. Some parts of our state are on the brink of a youth gang crisis directly linked to a lack of options for employment, housing and stability for young people.

Teachers, principals and law enforcement are well aware of what it takes for kids to stay on track: Investment in hands-on learning opportunities provided by vocational and career technical education (CTE) while they’re in school.

By voting “yes” on Measure 98, you can help make this a reality. Measure 98 gives schools resources to expand and create opportunities so more students can take vocational and career-technical classes. They stay off the streets and gain skills and work ethic. Measure 98 also provides resources for counselors, tutors and mentors for kids who need them.

Providing CTE puts young men and women on career paths, and shows them how to take advantage of everything an education can offer. Students often put in extra time with coursework instead of fleeing school.

Statistics tell us graduation rates for Oregon high school students who complete two or more CTE classes are 15 points higher than overall graduation rates.

Yet, CTE isn’t available in most high schools due to budget cuts.

As Oregon’s economy grows, Measure 98 captures new state revenues to be dedicated to public high schools.

We need to show our high school students that there are lots of options for good-paying jobs and those can be achieved through an apprenticeship program or a four-year degree.

This measure offers opportunities for young people to take courses that let them learn technical skills for good-paying jobs available right now!

We can’t afford to lose a single child to hopelessness, joblessness or gang life. Please vote YES on 98!

George Weatheroy
Portland Public Schools
Ret. Portland Police

(This information furnished by Mallori R. Marks-McNally.)

Argument in Favor

From the Principal’s Office:

Measure 98 would mean real opportunity for high school students

As former principals of public schools in Oregon, we each had close-up views of the landscape in which students and teachers operate.

You need to know: Our high schools now provide fewer and fewer options for students.

Budget cuts have decreased the availability of hands-on learning and college prep classes in high schools. We’ve had to cut vocational education, advanced classes, career-technical education classes, as well as guidance counselors and more.

The result? High school education isn’t relevant for lots of students. They’re missing out on learning all kinds of skills. They’re disengaging and losing interest, whether they see themselves headed to college or not.

Measure 98 is the first serious, comprehensive proposal to modernize our high school curriculum in over a decade. We urge you to vote YES.

Measure 98 allows Oregon high schools to:

Restore and update traditional vocational education classes so students learn to use their hands, follow directions, see math in action, and more.

Expand students’ options for career-technical education. Classes in computer coding, engineering, robotics and mechanical design are relevant to a multitude of careers either after or instead of a four-year university or trade school.

Provide more opportunities for college prep and early college credit so students know what college is like and – if they want – can get early credits to save time and money.

The best part is that local communities decide which programs are most important for their schools. There’s no state mandate; it’s up to the school leaders, school boards and community to decide.

We’ve waited long enough to do what’s right for high school kids!

This is the time. This citizen initiative is the path. Thousands of futures are at stake.

Vote Yes on 98.

John Wilhelmi, Portland Public Schools
Randy Bernstein, Eugene
Peter Nordbye, Reynolds
Stan Paine, Springfield

(This information furnished by Mallori R. Marks-McNally.)

Argument in Favor

Another student for Measure 98!
Career technical education got me interested in computer coding.

I just started my senior year of high school and this summer I worked a full-time internship

with a tech firm. I started learning several new coding languages. I can’t tell you how awesome it was to be in that environment!

The IB computer science classes I took earlier in high school – career technical classes – introduced me to this interest. And, thanks to a guidance counselor, I learned about an internship program for girls in high tech. It’s what led me to my summer job.

This fall, I’m taking IB computer science 3 and 4. It’s why I come to school–I’m excited about my future prospects.

These classes are preparing me for college academics. I even have the potential to earn college credits for these classes and a certificate in computer science.

By doing this now, I’m finding out how college-level classes work and I’m saving my family on tuition because I’m taking these classes now at reduced costs. I plan to go to college next fall and study computer coding.

I strongly encourage you to vote YES on Measure 98 – it will fund career technical education, early college credit and guidance counseling so more students like me can get real-world skills from their classes.

The problem is that career technical education (CTE) is limited at my school and in high schools all around Oregon. They don’t have resources to offer CTE at levels that begin to meet the demand. Some students can’t get in. And many classes use equipment that’s a decade old or more.

We need more classes for more students, and newer equipment. That’s what we get with Measure 98.

After all, we only get one shot at high school: It should be about getting exposure to real-world skills and career possibilities, no matter where we live in Oregon.

Shayla Rao
Lincoln High School

(This information furnished by Kara J. Dahl, Treasurer, Vote Yes For 98.)

Argument in Favor

The path we’re on leads to failure for too many students.

Other states’ graduation rates improve while Oregon’s stagnates.

Measure 98 would help Oregon catch up

If we do nothing more or better for our high school students in the years ahead, one of every five of today’s kindergartners is not expected to graduate with their class in 2029.

This forecast comes from ECONorthwest in an independent analysis of the latest data from Oregon Department of Education: Oregon’s graduation rate is likely to improve by less than half a point a year through the end of the next decade.

By 2020 most states are expected to achieve a graduation rate of 90%. Meanwhile, Oregon will be one of 10 states likely to fall far short of that goal, according to the report entitled Building a Grad Nation. By 2029, our kids are predicted to be graduating at a rate of only 78%.

The path we’re on will leave more than 10,000 Oregon students every year without a high school diploma. These students are less likely to be employed in good-paying jobs, more likely to rely on public assistance and at greater risk of ending up in our criminal justice system.

But this is more than lost opportunity for our children. Oregon employers already have difficulty finding workers with the knowledge and skills to fill good-paying jobs.

Measure 98 will improve graduation rates and student success by funding:

Let’s create a path to success for our kids and our state. Please join me in voting Yes on Measure 98.

Tim Nesbitt, past chair, Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission

(This information furnished by Tim Nesbitt.)

Argument in Favor

Let’s make a difference today for all our high school students YES on 98!

We are Accion Politica PCUNista, the electoral organizing arm of PCUN, which stands for Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (Northwest Tree Planters and Farm Workers United). We are Oregon’s largest Latino organization and one of the state’s largest unions. We represent farm workers, who are integral to our farm-to-table networks, and their families, many of them first- and second-generation Oregonians. Our members are eager to work, learn and contribute even more to our economy.

We urge you to vote yes on Measure 98.

We are based in Woodburn, in the heart of Willamette Valley, and know first-hand how focused education engages and challenges students. We also know dropout prevention enables students to succeed.

In Woodburn, more than 70 percent of students start school learning English as their second language. Many are economically disadvantaged. Despite these factors, which typically predict poor high school outcomes, Woodburn boasts a graduation rate of 88 percent.


It’s because every Woodburn high student, starting in ninth grade, is paired with an adult whose job is help them do well in school. These adults make sure the student gets extra help when needed. Woodburn High School is also organized into four academically demanding academies where students thrive. There is a culture of achievement and college is encouraged. Significant proportions of Woodburn graduates attend college.

Measure 98 will provide funding so high schools all across Oregon can create learning opportunities that allow their students to thrive through college prep or career-technical education and/or dropout prevention – just like the programs that are working in Woodburn today.

Oregon has the country’s fourth-worst graduation rate. This problem won’t fix itself. Measure 98 provides targeted resources for improving outcomes for our high school students and our graduation rates.

Let’s make a difference for Oregon please vote yes on 98.

(This information furnished by Tim Nesbitt.)

Argument in Favor

The Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club Supports Measure 98!

Our mission is to explore, enjoy and protect the planet. We support Measure 98 because it will help protect the environment. Here’s why:

Measure 98 will help train skilled, clean energy workers to stop climate change.

To reverse climate change, we must use more clean energy from the wind and the sun. To get there, we’ll need many more workers motivated to get trained in real-world skills like solar and wind energy manufacturing and maintenance, energy efficiency construction and more. More career technical education in high school can help enthuse and train the next generation of clean energy experts and technicians.

Measure 98 can help boost clean energy careers for high school students to replace obsolete, polluting jobs.

Measure 98 restores and updates career technical education to fit today’s evolving economy. As we move toward a clean energy economy with more solar and wind energy, high schools will have flexibility to adapt career technical education that propels students into good-paying, local, clean energy jobs.

Measure 98 will help ensure that today’s Oregonians are better educated and more economically secure – so they’re ready to protect Earth for the next generation.

Right now, more than 10,000 students fail to graduate high school every year. Thousands more go to college unprepared to succeed. We’re losing so much potential!

Measure 98 will help ensure that we give every high school student the real-world skills they need to succeed and be a full partner in working to heal the environment.

Measure 98 will help Oregon transition to a clean energy economy and create a more secure future for all Oregonians.

Please vote YES on 98 our future depends on it!!

Morgan Gratz-Weiser
Sierra Club, Oregon Chapter

(This information furnished by Mallori R. Marks-McNally.)

Argument in Favor

Measure 98 will expand opportunities for high school students to connect to good jobs in the electrical trades.

Our unions offer pathways to good jobs in the construction industry, but our high schools are often not preparing our young people to take advantage of these opportunities. That’s why we support Measure 98.

Measure 98 will enable our high schools to expand and update the career-technical/vocational education programs that motivate kids to learn, master a trade and step into the jobs essential to a growing economy.

The pathway to good jobs in our industry requires the completion of rigorous apprenticeship programs. We pay our apprentices as they learn. In return, we maintain the highest standards for our crafts and trades. This is a long-standing, inter-generational compact in our industry and one reason that skilled workers in the construction trades are able to earn $25 to $45 an hour with full-family health and pension benefits.

But we’re finding that as many as half of recent high school graduates aren’t adequately prepared for our apprenticeships. As a result, it’s getting harder for our unions to pass on our knowledge to a new generation of workers and ensure that our employers remain competitive in today’s economy.

Even as we step up efforts to recruit new skilled workers, our high schools have been cutting career-technical courses that connect to our industry. Just three years ago, Oregon high schools offered 66 construction-related courses; now they’re down to 49 – for all of our 331 high schools!

There is a win-win-win opportunity with Measure 98:

Vote Yes on Measure 98.

Gary Young, Business Manager, IBEW Local 48

Drew Lindsey, Business Manager, IBEW Local 280

(This information furnished by Tim Nesbitt.)

Argument in Favor

Measure 98: A modest investment now can turn around Oregon’s high schools for years to come.

Measure 98 prioritizes getting our kids through high school and on a path to rewarding careers. It commits a small portion of the more than $1.5 billion in new revenues the state will collect in the next two years to fix a problem that has plagued our schools for more than a decade: We have one of the lowest high school graduation rates in the country.

I led a team for then-Governor Ted Kulongoski in 2010 that charted a path to direct more state resources into improving our schools once our economy began to recover. Now our economy is growing and generating new tax revenue. With a small portion of the state’s new revenue, we can make big improvements for our high schools.

Smart budgeting requires setting priorities to meet compelling needs. For example, with a small portion of new revenues amounting to just over one percent of the budget, the legislature managed to launch full-day kindergarten last year. Now, with another one percent of the budget, we can begin to rebuild our high schools.

We know how to help our high school students succeed:

If you hear Salem insiders say we can’t afford to do this, consider:

Now is the time to rebuild our high schools, to build a better future for our kids.

Make their future our priority. Vote Yes on Measure 98.

Tim Nesbitt, former chief of staff for Gov. Ted Kulongoski

(This information furnished by Tim Nesbitt.)

Argument in Favor

I AM WHY you should vote for vocational and career tech education!

Measure 98 would help Oregon students graduate high school and succeed afterward–vote YES.

I’ve just started my junior year at university studying aerospace. I was on a college track in high school when I took career technical (shop) classes at Silverton High School.

Agriculture was my first-year vocational class. I learned all about farming and soil, and how to drive a tractor. The next year I took auto shop and I loved it; I ended up taking three years of it. I learned how to problem-solve, that I’m good at working with my hands, have a brain for mechanics and can think in 3D.

Shop classes got me curious about aviation design and that’s how I ended up studying aerospace.

Most kids know that not everybody is born to learn from books and that’s why I’m all for Measure 98. You’ve got to give students opportunity to learn about things by working with their hands. It helps them discover what they’re good at and figure out what they really want to do.

At Silverton High, with the hands-on learning opportunities there–ag, auto, welding and metals–you could be well off doing one of those trades.

But the offerings are limited. We have dozens and dozens of people on waiting lists each year who don’t get space in one of these classes.

In addition, even though I tried to get all the college credit I could while in high school, I found out when I got to college just how little I had compared to kids from other states. Lots of kids had earned college credits their entire senior year. We need that in Oregon schools, too.

Measure 98 gets more career technical and vocational education classes into our high schools. It also increases student access to college preparation and early college credit.

It’s a no-brainer: Vote YES on 98.

Elias Wilson

(This information furnished by Kara J. Dahl, Treasurer, Vote Yes For 98.)

Argument in Favor

A North Medford CTE teacher for 98!

Would you like to change Oregon’s dismal graduation rate?

Vote yes on Measure 98 for career technical education and real-world skills.

I teach CTE at North Medford High School. I’m lucky to offer hands-on experiences that help prepare students for real-world work. But we could be doing better. We need adequate, stable funding for vocational and career technical education (CTE) statewide.

Our education system is geared toward sending everyone to four-year college and that just isn’t realistic. There are lots of other options for satisfying and good-paying careers.

To turn things around, we need to restore vocational and career technical education (CTE) classes, which have been dropped because of budget cuts. Now we have one of America’s worst graduation rates.

There’s a simple answer: When students take career technical education, their graduation rate climbs dramatically.

Students in Oregon who take two or more CTE classes graduate at a higher rate than the state average. Some schools that offer a lot of CTE options have CTE graduation rates above 90 percent!

In addition to this, employers are struggling to find young people interested in working with wood, metal or machinery. Furthermore, as baby boomers retire, companies are struggling to fill good-paying jobs with skilled workers.

That’s why I support Measure 98. It dedicates state funding so school districts can prioritize this important solution to our graduation rate problem and adequately fund career technical education.

Many good-paying jobs don’t require a four-year college degree but instead require technical skills that high schoolers can learn.

High schoolers in other states have options like biomedical innovation, emergency medical technician, aerospace engineering and math for medical professionals.

In addition to specific skills, these courses give students the basics for real jobs: reliability, communication, teamwork and much more.

CTE makes a reliable investment for high schoolers in every school district in Oregon.

Tim Ponzoha
Teacher, Auto and metals shops
North Medford High School

(This information furnished by Mallori R. Marks-McNally.)

Argument in Favor

High school dropout, turned high school teacher, supports Measure 98.
It’s the key to high school students’ future.
Vote YES.

With Measure 98, every Oregonian has an opportunity to help make our education system better in ways you might not have even thought of: Measure 98 helps ensure that every Oregon high school student has exposure to vocational and career technical education.

Measure 98 provides all Oregon high schools resources they need to make hands-on education widely available. Hands-on learning opens doors to learning real-life skills and discovering careers that are satisfying and good-paying.

I speak from experienceI am a teacher now but 17 years ago, I was a high school dropout. The Oregon school I went to cut its vocational education and there was little in the way of hands-on learning.

However, because of the hands-on work I did after leaving school, I got back on track. I was lucky. But most kids cannot count on luck.

It’s extremely important that our high schools have resources to offer vocational and career technical education (CTE) so that students like me stay in school, and graduate with the skills they need to get a job or go to college.

The graduation rate for Oregon high school students who complete two or more vocational education classes is 15 points higher than overall graduation rates. We need to get vocational/career technical education back into every Oregon high school, and expand these kinds of opportunities for students.

In the high school Industrial Education classes I now teach, students have the opportunity to work with their hands and discover the same confidence and skills that I did.

Measure 98 prioritizes our students by restoring CTE for students, and also college readiness courses.

Please join me in believing in our students as much as I do.

It’s an easy decision–Yes for better high schools and student success. Yes for Measure 98.

Tyler Tjernlund
Industrial Education Teacher
North Eugene High

(This information furnished by Mallori R. Marks-McNally.)

Argument in Favor

Another Career Tech teacher in support of better high schools:

Want to raise graduation rates in Oregon? Vote YES on 98

In career technical education (CTE) classes, students get to use their hands, their minds and their imaginations while gaining real-world experience.

Every day, I and other CTE teachers see how a concept or a new skill catches hold of a student. They see possibilities for work they might enjoy and that can support them after high school. Or they learn something they can use that day to help their family or to earn some money.

Not enough students have these opportunities because in Oregon, resources for CTE are way too scarce, and too few high schools currently offer these hands-on classes. Most of the schools that do are forced to scrape resources together.

Students used to have more opportunities for hands-on learning. We once prepared young people with the basics to work in metals, or as automotive mechanics or designers. Apprenticeships took high school graduates prepared with basic skills – including math and sciences – to begin training for the trades. We lost those programs through budget cuts.

We need to get these programs back – and we can’t waste any more time. That’s where Measure 98 comes in.

Many good-paying jobs don’t require a 4-year degree. This measure offers high school students an opportunity to take a variety of courses that give them the technical skills for good-paying jobs that are available right now.

Measure 98 allows school districts to identify their unique needs, gather local input and design their own plans for setting up these programs. They might add classes in health care, emergency medicine, forensic psychology, public safety, architecture, robotics and other 21st century fields.

I hope you’ll join me in giving thousands of additional high school students the chance to succeed. Please vote YES on Measure 98.

Melinda Rimbey
Teacher, early childhood education
South Eugene High School

(This information furnished by Hannah N. Greenberg.)

Argument in Favor

Retired teachers say: vote YES on Measure 98

Help high school students build real-world skills for their futures and ours.

Elementary school teachers believe strongly in giving a great start to students–all the way from kindergarten through 12th grade.

But our high schools are falling miserably short.

The reality is that for a generation, our students have taken it on the chin because education is underfunded. And now Oregon’s graduation rates are among the lowest in the country.

Students need to know that they have more options for their future than choosing between serving coffee or going to a four-year university. There are many good-paying jobs that don’t require a 4-year degree.

High school, in particular, should provide important skill–and interest-building opportunities. An effective way to do this is with vocational and career technical education (CTE) and college prep education.

That’s something every Oregonian can fix, by Voting YES on Measure 98.

Measure 98 will provide all high schools in Oregon the resources to make Career Technical/vocational education available to any student. Without it, schools won’t be able to provide the 21st century education students need.

Measure 98 offers high school students an opportunity to take a variety of courses that give them the technical skills for good-paying jobs right out of high school, trade school or college.

Measure 98 funds also can be spent on more college prep classes and dropout prevention.

It’s about time we focused on graduating more students ready for career and/or college.

Join me in voting Yes on Measure 98.

Don Cruise
Retired teacher
Member, Philomath School Board
Member, Oregon School Boards Association

(This information furnished by Hannah N. Greenberg.)

Argument in Favor

Former Oregon School Superintendents Support 98

Measure 98 focuses on programs with the best track records for keeping kids in school, boosting graduation rates and setting students up for success

As former superintendents in Oregon schools, we have grown increasingly concerned about Oregon’s persistently low high school graduation rate.

After years of stagnant progress, Measure 98 offers a set of common sense solutions to this problem that schools can take up in every corner of the state: increasing vocational training, now known as Career Technical Education (CTE), increasing dual enrollment in college courses while in high school, and proven dropout prevention strategies.

Measure 98 will direct a modest portion of future state funds to expand these programs to all Oregon high schools.

Currently there aren’t enough CTE courses for the number of students who want to take them – and at many Oregon schools, there aren’t any CTE classes at all. Measure 98 fixes that. CTE classes would be offered in every school.

Many high school students also do not have access to early college programs, Advanced Placement classes, dual enrollment with local community colleges and universities, or International Baccalaureate classes. Under Measure 98, these programs will be expanded and sustained in all of our high schools.

Measure 98 is highly accountable. School districts must apply for the funds, specifying how they will spend the money, and they must report the results. Regular performance audits will ensure the money goes where it’s supposed to go. Local schools will work to create these programs to match the local needs of their kids.

Measure 98 makes Oregon’s high schools a higher priority. We can wait no longer. Let’s use common sense to support student success – providing relevance and real-life skills, targeting our investments and getting better results.

Vickie Fleming, Former Superintendent, Redmond School District

Steve Swisher, Former Superintendent South Lane, Sisters, Brookings and Crook County School Districts

Dennis Dempsey, Former Superintendent, High Desert ESD

(This information furnished by Tim Nesbitt.)

Argument in Favor

Latino Network Supports Measure 98

Let’s transform the lives of Latino youth, families, and communities! YES on Measure 98!

Oregon’s high schools are failing students of color
Oregon’s high school graduation rate is one of the country’s worst. For students of color, it is a crisis. Only 65% of Oregon’s Latino students graduated on time in the 2013-14 school year.

Oregon’s leaders have had their chance to act
We know how to fix the problem but every year, we hear the same thing from lawmakers – “we’d like to help but you’ll have to wait until next time.” That’s not the kind of leadership we need for our kids.

Measure 98 will give all students access to college prep – not just the privileged few.
Too often, Advanced Placement and early college credit classes are available for a small number of students – usually those who already have many advantages. Measure 98 helps ensure low-income kids and students of color get access to those classes, too.

Measure 98 will give all students access to career technical education training students need to stay in school and succeed.
Career technical education gives students hands-on training in skills like computer coding, woodworking, mechanical engineering that help them land good paying jobs in the community.

Measure 98 will support students to stay on track to graduate.
Measure 98 provides resources for dropout prevention, which can take the form of more guidance counselors and tutors. It also includes opportunities for schools to work with community groups focused on ensuring low-income students and students of color have access to college and career opportunities that have been closed off for too long.

Measure 98 is about lifting up Oregonians to reach their full potential and give our communities the tools for self-determination.

Let’s do right by our kids and our community:
Join us in supporting Measure 98!

Carmen Rubio
Executive Director
Latino Network

Maria Elena Campisteguy
Board Chair
Latino Network

(This information furnished by Ryan W. Brown.)

Argument in Favor

Leaders of Faith Support Measure 98

As religious leaders, we work daily with young people to encourage them to lead productive, meaningful lives; to take responsibility; to give back; to honor and respect; to make a difference.

But Oregon’s public schools today leave too many young people behind. A great majority of those left behind are poor children, children of color, English-language learners, and children with disabilities.

We can do better. We must do better. That’s why we support Measure 98, which restores what works in giving our children hope for a productive future.

Measure 98 provides the resources to allow high schools across Oregon to add or expand vocational and career technical education opportunities, exposing students to relevant and engaging coursework that leads to high-demand, family-wage jobs.

Our faith calls upon us to help all children fulfill their potential. They deserve a bright future. Measure 98 gives them hope for a better tomorrow. Please join us in voting YES on Measure 98.

Rev. Daniel E. H. Bryant, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Eugene

Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana, Congregation Beth Israel

Pastor Christy Dirren, West Portland United Methodist Church

Rev. J. W. Matt Hennessee, Vancouver First Baptist Church

Rev. W. J. Mark Knutson, Augustana Lutheran Church

Pastor Lynne Smouse López, Ainsworth United Church of Christ

Rabbi Ariel Stone, Shir Tikvah

Dr. Audrey Terrell, Dr. Audrey Terrell Institute (DATI)

Dr. David L. Wheeler, First Baptist Church of Portland

(This information furnished by Mallori R. Marks-McNally.)

Argument in Favor

Measure 98 is much-needed to train young people as waves of workers retire

We represent approximately 25,000 construction workers in a variety of trades that include plumbers, laborers, electricians, ironworkers, cement masons and others who are highly skilled in a wide array of crafts. These men and women, belonging to 23 craft unions, are key in Oregon’s workforce, its economy, and its future prosperity.

The problem is that our high schools are not preparing our young people to take advantage of apprenticeships and career opportunities within the trades represented by our members.

That’s why we support Measure 98 – to expand and update the career-technical/vocational education that motivates kids to learn, master a trade and step into jobs that will remain the bedrock of our communities and a growing economy.

Skilled journey-level workers in the construction trades earn hourly wages of $25 to $45 that come with full-family health benefits and a solid pension plan.

However, as many as a third of our most experienced skilled workers will be retiring over the next five years.

Just as we will be looking to recruit new workers, our high schools have been cutting career-technical courses—feeders for ours and other industries. Just three years ago, Oregon high schools offered 66 construction-related courses; now they’re down to 49.

In anticipation of these retirements, we have lobbied Oregon lawmakers to provide more resources for vocational and career-technical education for our high schools. The legislature has provided grants but these are not sources for ongoing funding, which means programs constantly struggle and many don’t last more than a year or two.

Measure 98 will enable all of our high school students to have access to meaningful career-technical education programs and secure the preparation they need for good-paying careers in the trades.

Vote Yes on Measure 98.

Timothy Frew, Executive Secretary
John Mohlis, Past Executive Secretary
Oregon Building Trades Council

(This information furnished by Tim Nesbitt.)

Argument in Favor

Teachers know: Measure 98 fixes problems that are dragging down our graduation rate and hurting young people

Vote YES on 98!

Answer this multiple choice question: Which is worse?

All of these facts really bother me, partly because I’m a retired high school teacher.

Our students could be learning career skills like medical biotechnology, introduction to speech pathology, GIS systems, engineering, trades like carpentry and other in-demand skills so they can go after good jobs and post-secondary educational opportunities.

Right now, most Oregon high schoolers go without access to modern career vocational education that lets them pick up real job skills and connects them with post-high school training programs.

But there’s a way to turn things around. Measure 98 would provide resources for vocational and career technical education, college readiness and dropout prevention in our high schools.

Measure 98 will also boost graduation rates.

When students in Oregon take career technical education, they are more likely to graduate. Data show that the graduation rate for students who take two or more of these classes goes up by about 15 percentage points compared with overall graduation rates. That would be a big jump from the statewide average graduation rate of 74 percent.

Not enough of our high schoolers have access to early college credit classes – meaning they don’t get a chance to earn credits for free or a jump start on building self-confidence needed for college success.

Students have one shot at a high school education. Let’s help them succeed. Please vote “yes” on 98!

Kathy Sansone
Retired teacher Salem

(This information furnished by Mallori R. Marks-McNally.)

Argument in Favor

Career tech ed gives Oregon’s young people real skills and confidence.
It’s time for more students to benefit, no matter where they live.

Vote YES on 98.

We can tell you about the benefits of career tech education for high school students because we’re some of the lucky students who got it. What’s really cool is that a hands-on class helps you find out what you’re good at and what you love doing.

Career technical education (CTE) is typically where you make something, and that’s a great way to build confidence. We were able to take culinary classes in our high school.

We got a sense of what we are capable of: Putting on meals for 150 people!

We created the menu, prepared the food and the day-of we did all kinds of problem-solving. There’s a lot of logistics, right down to making sure the white table cloths are spotless and ironed. You also get a chance to lead others.

CTE has shown us what careers like culinary jobs are like. That’s a really important part of high school. How do you know what path you should be on if you don’t get exposure to real-world skills or actual work?

The problem is, most high schools in Oregon don’t have enough career tech classes to support all the interest from students. About 26 percent of Oregon high school students take CTE. In many states, it’s more like 75% have career tech.

We can do better. Way too many of us are dropping out – without enough preparation and skills for real life.

Measure 98 would help every Oregon high school expand or establish new CTE. From our experience – it’s one of the most important ways we can help our educational system.

Please vote YES on 98!!

Ben Marshall, high school senior
Lincoln City

Jon Bickerdyke,
Recent high school graduate, Lincoln City
Student, Culinary Institute of America, California

(This information furnished by Kara J. Dahl, Treasurer, Vote Yes For 98.)

Argument in Favor

Teachers for Measure 98!

Vote YES to add education that gives students real-world skills, prepares them for college and improves graduation rates!

As educators in our public high schools, we know what leads to student success. It’s when students learn advanced and critical thinking and how to be organized. And when they are introduced to careers and advanced learning.

That’s where career-technical and vocational education comes in.

Students thrive with hands-on learning activities, like:

Right now, only one-quarter of Oregon high school students take a career tech/vocational class. In most states, it’s two or three times higher.

That’s because these classes aren’t offered in every Oregon high school. They’ve been cut back, exactly when they should be more plentiful than ever.

Here’s why we teachers support Measure 98 – it will:

Measure 98 puts funds into every local high school in the state, and it doesn’t raise taxes. It makes high schools a priority with new state money generated by our strong economy.

Students have one shot at a great high school education and it’s our job to provide it. Help us prepare our students for college or career – no matter what path they choose.

Vote YES on 98!

Josh Armentano, Engineering & Graphic Design Teacher

Bill Bush, Retired Teacher

Don Carter, Manufacturing Teacher

Clara Cook

Tracy Kalar, Early Childhood Education Teacher

Steve Naganuma

Katie Partlow, Former Agriculture Teacher
South Coast

Melissa Reimer, Language Arts Teacher

Julia Westbrook, CTE Teacher
Lincoln City

(This information furnished by Mallori R. Marks-McNally.)

Argument in Favor

Our workforce needs more grads with real-world skills –YES on 98!!

Here at A-dec we value people who have the skills that can be acquired in a high school shop class. Jobs such as sheet metal fabrication, 3D design and metals machining, that pay a good, living wage. These skilled workers are part of our teams at A-dec who manufacture the chairs, drills and ultrasonic instruments that we sell to dentists all over the country.

Shop classes used to be a career track for manufacturing, the trades and other industries. Traditionally, high school shop class was something that most students participated in to help them prepare for life outside high school, in part because college just isn’t the best option for everyone.

Oregon high schools have had to slash career technical and vocational classes due to budget cuts. As a result, our graduation rate is among the worst in the nation, and that’s sad.

When high schools offer shop class, students get the opportunity to build real-world skills, working with power tools, welding, carpentry, and math in action. It’s where they begin to build a strong work ethic and learn skills such as communication, problem-solving and to how to be efficient.

Whether students go on to college or take a different track toward a career, the more we help them gain skills in high school, the less help they’ll need later on. We are simply setting them up to be successful.

Measure 98 does exactly what’s needed: It provides access to vocational/career-technical education classes to Oregon high school students, no matter where they live. It also supports more college preparation, which is important for many Oregon students.

As a company, we need Measure 98 to pass so more high-skilled workers graduate from our high schools. As an Oregonian, I believe students only get one shot at a great high school education, and we need Measure 98 to provide that.

Scott Parrish, CEO & President, A-dec

(This information furnished by Ryan W. Brown.)

Argument in Favor

Oregon Ag Teachers Want you to Know:
Measure 98 will expand the pathways to careers in Agriculture

Oregon agriculture is continuing to grow and diversify its technologies, its attention to environmental practices and its contributions to our state’s economy. But our high schools are not keeping up with the demand for the next generation of agriculturalists.

Measure 98 will allow us to connect students in our high schools to the opportunities of rewarding work within Oregon’s rich agriculture industries.

Agricultural programs of the kind sponsored by the National FFA Organization have been cut back by over 15% in the last decade, even as the state’s agricultural production increased by 39% between 2010 and 2014. There are 35,000 farms and ranches in Oregon, accounting for 326,000 direct and indirect, full-time and part-time jobs and more than 10% of our state’s net economic output.

As agricultural teachers, we are proud to prepare students for careers that require knowledge of biology, soils, agribusiness and animal science, hands-on skills like welding and mechanics, and increasing technological sophistication to improve yields and conserve natural resources. But, most of all, our students learn grit and work ethic, qualities which prepare them well for success in a variety of careers.

Measure 98 will help us expand opportunities for our students and help meet the demand for new proprietors and workers in an industry where the average age of today’s owners and operators is now approaching 60.

Please join us in voting Yes on Measure 98.

Kristin Kostman, Past President
Wes Crawford, Past President
Oregon Agriculture Teacher's Association

Daniel K. Bolen
Agriculture Education, Future Farmers of America
Eastern Oregon

Jaimee Brentano
First Year Agriculture Teacher & CTE Student
Mountain View High School

Scott J. Duggan
Agriculture Teacher

Lance Hill
Agriculture Education Instructor
Redmond FFA Advisor
Redmond High School

Nichole Spearman-Eskelsen
Agriculture Science & Technology Teacher

Chad Waldron
Agriculture Teacher
Eastern Oregon

Jimmy Zamora
Agriculture & CTE Teacher
Eastern Oregon

(This information furnished by Mallori R. Marks-McNally.)

Argument in Favor

Oregon’s high schools need resources for dropout prevention

High school counselors support Measure 98

Vote YES on 98!

We’re on the frontlines, working with high school students to fight the challenges that threaten to keep them from graduating. It’s a huge weight, knowing that not clearing hurdles can change a student’s course for the worse.

Counselors assist students in exploring career paths and understanding what it takes to succeed. We help students prepare for college or a career that requires specialized training.

However, a single counselor is often responsible for one quarter or more of all the kids in the school because schools don’t have the funds to hire more counselors. It’s nearly impossible to do our job well enough for every one of our students.

We support Measure 98 because it means high schools can add additional counselors and students will get more attention from us.

With counselors serving hundreds of students, intervening at just the right moment isn’t feasible. There’s not enough time to make sure every student has all the support they need, are in the right classes for what they want to do, or help them find alternatives.

That’s our basic job but there’s much more. It can mean helping students and their families with the causes of their school challenges, which often are related to food insecurity, caring for younger siblings or needing to earn money.

A failure to respond to students is a reason many students drop out. With more counseling and tutoring staff, we would be able to intervene earlier to help keep kids on track. That’s what Measure 98 does.

Measure 98 makes more career technical/vocational education and college preparation available to every Oregon high school student. It also would allow more high school counselors and tutors to help–and for many more students to succeed.

Join us in voting yes on 98.

Jen Andres, Portland Schools

Aura Solomon, Eugene 4J Schools

Margaret Winthrop, Retired Counselor, Clackamas

(This information furnished by Mallori R. Marks-McNally.)

Argument in Favor

Teachers agree: “Vote YES on 98!”

Give all Oregon high students access to vocational, career education

Where I teach auto shop in Clackamas County, our lineup of vocational and career technical education (CTE) has more offerings than any other Oregon district. We have 18 CTE programs, including computer coding, business management, public safety, manufacturing and engineering.

It’s no coincidence that our attendance and graduation rates are among the highest in the state. It’s well-known that when students complete at least two CTE courses, their graduation rate is about 15 percent better than the general population.

The outlook for CTE isn’t as rosy in most other places around Oregon. Almost all of the career tech/vocational programs in the state barely scrape by, or they just don’t exist. When equipment breaks, there’s no money to fix it. Teachers have to find a special grant and figure out who might fund replacement. Or we can take time on the weekend to try to fix it ourselves. Computers for designing our projects are eight years old and way behind the times, professionally.

Students in many parts of Oregon don’t have access to much or any Career-Tech Education.

Vocational education keeps young people engaged who otherwise would drop out, especially those not planning to go to college.

In other states, students have broad arrays of classes teaching real-life skills useful in good-paying careers. Oregon kids should be able to compete with them – at college and for jobs.

We need better CTE – especially when our economy is growing, baby boomers are retiring in droves and lots of companies looking for skilled workers to fill good-paying jobs. Think health care, advanced manufacturing, high-tech and the trades.

Measure 98 restores and updates CTE programs, which increase our low high school graduation rates and prepare students for good-paying jobs.

Let’s open doors so kids have more opportunities. What are we waiting for!?

Robert Christner, automotive teacher
Sabin Schellenberg Center

(This information furnished by Mallori R. Marks-McNally.)

Argument in Favor

One high school class changed my life and it was vocational/career-tech ed

YES on 98!!

I graduated Portland’s Jefferson high school five decades ago, and then started in college. Only it turned out, college wasn’t for me and I ended up dropping out.

But when I stumbled upon an electrician apprenticeship, I decided to give it a try – because I’d taken one electronics class in high school.

That class I took at Jefferson in 1963 gave me enough confidence to believe I could learn circuitry. I went on to become a journeyman electrician and found my career choice satisfying and good-paying. That career has enabled me to get married, buy a home and raise a family I am proud of today.

But here’s the thing: I didn’t set out to join the trades, I only fell into it by chance. I took one class in high school that changed the course of my life.

Every Oregonian can achieve this all it takes is voting YES on Measure 98.

We need a pipeline where young people get engaged with hands-on skills in high school that open them up to a whole universe of rewarding careers.

Measure 98 prioritizes our high schools by allocating a portion of new state revenue for school districts to spend in ways that will improve outcomes for high school students.

The fact that not enough Oregon students have access to CTE is a big part of why we have one of the country’s worst graduation rates.

Students who take two or more CTE classes have graduation rates about 15 percentage points better than those who don’t. It’s simply because kids get engaged with school when they take CTE.

Let’s set our young people on course for success so that they can graduate with real-world skills that lead to good careers, whether they go to college, or not.

Please vote YES on 98!

Keith Edwards
Retired IBEW Union Electrician

(This information furnished by Brittany M. Costa.)

Argument in Favor

Take it from a retired teacher and current classroom volunteer:
Career technical education equals more opportunity
YES on Measure 98!

Let me tell you about a proven path to high school success that gets dramatic results but far too little attention. It’s career technical education (CTE). It refers to everything from welding and automotive shops to engineering, biomedicine and/or disaster response.

I’ve spent most of my life in our public schools and I see how CTE classes appeal to all kinds of kids. They are motivated to come to class and put in extra hours on weekends. They grin ear-to-ear when they accomplish a goal like building a new engine for their dad’s tractor.

In shop class, we prepare them for the work world, teaching everything from the importance of keeping their safety glasses on to using advanced equipment and following complicated directions.

CTE engages students who otherwise may lose interest and disengage, especially those who don’t plan to go to college.

Yet, some school districts in Oregon don’t offer any hands-on learning and others only have limited offerings. Schools have had to cut back and our students are losing out.

By voting YES on Measure 98, every Oregonian can help make CTE a reality for students in every school district, regardless of their zip code.

Graduation rates for Oregon high school students who complete two or more vocational/career tech education classes is 15 points higher than overall graduation rates. Measure 98 will restore and update these programs to help increase our graduation rates and prepare students for good-paying jobs.

I am shocked to think that roughly only seven in 10 students in Oregon graduate high school. That’s like running a manufacturing plant in which three out of four cars come off the assembly line without wheels.

Every child deserves the chance to succeed. Please vote YES on Measure 98.

Dave Saunders
Classroom volunteer
Silverton High School

(This information furnished by Brittany M. Costa.)

Argument in Favor

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) Supports Measure 98

The Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) is a statewide, grassroots organization, uniting Asians and Pacific Islanders to achieve social justice.

APANO supports Measure 98 because:

1. Students of color are falling through the cracks.

Oregon’s graduation rate is among the worst in the country, but for students of color, it’s even more grim: Students of color graduate ten to fifteen percentage points lower than the statewide average. Experts predict that if we stay on the current path, one in five of today’s kindergartners won’t graduate in 2029.

2. We can ensure 100% of our high schoolers graduate – but only if we act.

It doesn’t have to be this way. A few Oregon schools and entire other state systems have excellent graduation rates for all their students, including students of color. What’s the difference? Those places have invested in early college credit and career technical education, and have strong guidance counseling. But not in most Oregon schools. For Oregon high schoolers, it’s luck of the draw.

3. Measure 98 helps ensure that all of our high school students get access to college prep, career technical education and great career counseling – not just the privileged few.

We know that students graduate and thrive when they have access to these options. What are we waiting for?

4. Measure 98 is about equity and empowerment.

When low-income students and students of color are given the tools to learn a trade, or the skills to succeed in college, we empower them and their families. When they thrive with good paying jobs in the community and success in their lives, we achieve greater equality and justice.

Let’s open doors to real opportunity for Oregon’s students from all backgrounds.

Join APANO in supporting Measure 98!

Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Hindi and Marshellese language voter resources available at

–Rev. Joseph Santos-Lyons, APANO Executive Director

(This information furnished by Ryan W. Brown.)

Argument in Favor

Another teacher says YES on 98

Hands-on learning helps more students graduate – vote for Measure 98!

The high school shop classes I took helped me graduate from high school and find a career path. In the learning environments of shop classes, I finally understood math concepts that had eluded me in my traditional math class. My grades improved and I advanced to calculus.

At any given time, Oregon has thousands of high school students who need a variety of ways to learn, just like I did. That’s why Measure 98 is so important. It restores shop classes and other vocational and career technical education (CTE).

Right now, a handful of high schools in Oregon have ample career-technical ed but when you look school by school, you’ll see that overall we fall far short. We just haven’t prioritized hands-on learning and too many students are missing out.

Today, I’m a shop teacher and in my woodshop class (CTE), kids stand in line a half hour or longer to make a single cut on our one and only table saw. Classes are crowded. Equipment is decades old.

Unfortunately, around Oregon, in schools that have CTE, the situation is pretty much the same. And many schools have no CTE. It’s contributing to our alarmingly low graduation rate.

Schools in our state also lack the newer career-technical education classes. In other states, students can learn:

Measure 98 prioritizes high schools and creates funding to support to career-tech, as well as college prep and dropout prevention for all of our high school students

Here’s the bonus for Oregon: Students who take two or more career-tech/voc-ed classes graduate at rates about 15 points higher than the overall population.

As a teacher, I see it working every day. Please vote “yes” for high schools.

Brian Barnes

(This information furnished by Mallori R. Marks-McNally.)

Argument in Favor

Career technical education in high school put me on a career path!

Let’s create more so young people get on track for success

I graduated Forest Grove High School a couple of years ago. The highlight of my time there was construction shop classes.

Because of that hands-on learning experience, I gained a lot of basic skills like problem-solving, working in a team, being punctual to a job site and more. I also found out about a career in carpentry.

After high school graduation, I got into a carpentry apprenticeship. I’m almost halfway through and have been earning a wage almost since the beginning, plus I get benefits and retirement. By the time I’m done and am a journeyman carpenter, I’ll be earning about $35/hr.

Without my high school introduction to the trades, I honestly don’t know where I’d be now.

Did you know that in Oregon, the graduation rate for high school students who complete two or more career tech classes is 15 points higher than the state’s overall graduation rate?

Yet schools all around the state have much less than what I had. Knowing that, I’m not surprised that Oregon has one of the worst graduation rates in the country. One in four who start high school don’t finish.

Without the hands-on learning of a shop class or other CTE, how will our high school students get opportunities for finding new paths and futures?

Measure 98 provides resources so that Oregon’s school districts can expand and create new CTE. This will keep young people engaged in school – especially those who don’t plan to go to college.

If not high school, where are young people going to learn about all the options for finding a career?

Measure 98 restores and updates career tech education to help increase our graduation rate. Please join me in voting “yes” for our high schools!

Randy Avendano
Forest Grove

(This information furnished by Kara J. Dahl, Treasurer, Vote Yes For 98.)

Argument in Favor

NAACP of Eugene Supports Ballot Measure 98

Vote Yes to help more students graduate from high school, prepared for their futures.

The NAACP joins a broad set of community leaders and organizations in backing Ballot Measure 98 – to improve Oregon’s dismal high school graduation rate and better serve high school students, particularly students of color.

Students of color now graduate at an even lower rate than others.
Oregon’s graduation rate hovers in the low 70%’s, almost the lowest in the entire country. And for students of color and from low income families, the graduation rate is even lower. Our schools aren’t offering the kinds of programs that will keep students in school and provide the opportunities they need.

Guidance to college or trade school is missing.
High school counselors are overloaded with far too many students – sometimes several hundred – and they cannot introduce enough students of color to early college or advanced classes. Some students don’t even know if they would be interested or would qualify, and a lack of information ends up leaving them out.

Real-world skills learning is getting harder to find.
Years of budget cuts resulted in less vocational and career-technical classes for all students. That means missed opportunities for job preparation, whether a student wants to attend college or not.

Measure 98 will turn our high schools around:

Join us in better serving all students.

Vote Yes on Measure 98

Eric C. Richardson
Eugene-Springfield NAACP

(This information furnished by Ryan W. Brown.)

Argument in Favor

Success in high school should not be left to chance
Vote ‘Yes’ on Measure 98

I was one of the lucky ones because I lived in a neighborhood where I went to a high school with college prep.

My school, Cleveland High, had an International Baccalaureate Program (IB), which gave me an advantage because I experienced college-level academics and learned what’s expected of university students.

However, my friends elsewhere in Portland aren’t so lucky because they didn’t have this or other college prep. Cleveland’s program was one of only two IB programs in the entire city of Portland.

The success of high school students should not be dependent on luck or the randomness of where you live. Every Oregon student should have access to education that prepares them well for college or career regardless of their neighborhood.

Here’s why college prep matters:

IB taught me how to be a critical thinker and engaged with my community. I earned college credits, giving me a head start to gaining my bachelor’s degree and saving me money. Every Oregon student should have the opportunity to take college prep classes. For many students across the state, college prep is not an option.

Our schools have seen such deep budget cuts that there is a shortage of classes, particularly for academically advanced students. It means that by their senior year, students at high schools without much college prep may only attend two or three classes a day.

They should be in class, maintaining and increasing their learning and staying engaged.

Measure 98 provides resources so every Oregon high school can provide college prep, vocational and career technical education as well as dropout prevention.

The measure provides approximately $800 per student per year for these targeted areas known to drive student success.

Let’s get Oregon high school students on track for success vote YES on 98.

We cannot afford to leave it to chance!

Isobel Coen
Student at Bard College

(This information furnished by Kara J. Dahl, Treasurer, Vote Yes For 98.)

Argument in Favor

The Coalition of Communities of Color Supports Measure 98

We are community-based organizations with representation from diverse communities of color in Portland and across Oregon: African, African American, Asian, Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander, and Slavic.

Our work is to address economic disparity, institutional racism and inequity of services experienced by our families, children and communities.

We’ve prioritized Measure 98 because poor high school graduation rates hit our children hardest.

We support Measure 98 because:

Inequity is not inevitable and correcting it is something we can choose to do.

Let’s do what works to help our students graduate and succeed.

Join the Coalition of Communities of Color in passing Measure 98!

Julia Meier, Executive Director, The Coalition of Communities of Color

(This information furnished by Ryan W. Brown.)

Argument in Favor

A message from Oregon Veterans:

Pass Measure 98 for today’s students and future students

We are veterans who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and the War on Terror. As members of the armed services, we know how important it is to have colleagues who take their roles seriously, can think on their feet, know how to operate as a team, and come through when needed.

These are exactly the types of skills that students learn in vocational and career-technical education. We were lucky enough to have those classes in our high schools and they did a lot for us.

Classes like auto shop and metals shop taught us to work with our hands. To work well as a team, and on group projects. They taught us to be creative and solve problems when something went wrong or we got stuck. Those classes and teachers prepared us very well for our service in the military, and for our careers in the States once we returned.

That’s why everyone should vote YES on Measure 98.

Right now, all Oregon high schools aren’t providing vocational classes, or they offer too few. Not all students have access. And in today’s world, these classes need to go beyond basic shop. Students need skills with computers and technology–like the kind that run today’s military and other workplaces.

Measure 98 will put back vocational education that’s been cut due to budget shortfalls. It will also expand vocational-career technical education so students can get an introduction to computer coding, robotics, maritime navigation and much more.

We appreciate the support from our communities of the service we provided this country. We want our military to remain capable and up to date. We believe that Measure 98 will do so much to help with that.

Vote Yes for Measure 98.

Raymond Byrne, Brigadier General (ret)

Steven Gerber, Specialist

Erich Hoffmann, Captain

Robert Maxwell, Technician Fifth Grade

(This information furnished by Mallori R. Marks-McNally.)

Argument in Favor

Public School Parents Say Oregon Needs Measure 98 Now

We volunteer in our local schools and see firsthand how hard our teachers and school staff work on behalf of their students.

But our high schools face real issues: They don’t offer enough career-technical and vocational classes. Classes we took in high school are missing and so are modern ones like sports medicine, civil engineering and architecture and advanced manufacturing.

This contributes to Oregon having the 4th lowest graduation rate in the USA.

Here’s why we need Measure 98:

Lawmakers had years to fix the problem, and they didn’t. That’s why we need this citizen initiative.

Measure 98 gives every Oregon high school student access to vocational/career technical education. Traditional classes like wood and metal shop, and modern courses like 3D printing, mechanical design, nursing and more. More students–regardless of who’s going to college–will learn valuable, practical skills that can launch a career.

Measure 98 helps Oregon high school graduates be well-prepared for college. Many more high schoolers can earn early college credit, which also saves them money.

Measure 98 is affordable. Oregon will collect over $1.6 billion in new revenue next year because more people than ever are working here. Measure 98 instructs lawmakers to devote some to our high schools–just 1.3% of Oregon’s budget solves one of our most embarrassing problems.

Join us in voting Yes on Measure 98.

Heather C. Leek

Katharine de Baun
South Eugene High PTO

Christine Ertl

Cheryl H. Franceschi Portland

Eleni Kehagiaras

Nick Mathern Portland

Brenda Royce Springfield

Mollyann Sadowski

Samantha Smith Salem

(This information furnished by Mallori R. Marks-McNally.)

Argument in Favor

Yes on Measure 98 and YES to opening young people’s eyes to career paths and good-paying local jobs

Our unions work to make jobs better for Oregonians – in our factories and warehouses, on our roads and docks and lots of other places too. But we in Oregon aren’t doing enough to prepare our high school students for jobs in our industries that will support families and grow the economy.

Of the more than 40,000-plus kids entering high school every year, upwards of 10,000 don’t graduate on time. And many who do graduate aren’t prepared for local, good-paying jobs. Oregon has one of the worst high school graduation rates in the country and one of the worst rates of employment for young adults. That’s not a coincidence.

Many of us found our way in high school through vocational courses that motivated us to learn and connected us to good jobs in our communities. But our high schools have cut these career-tech programs in half since the 1990s, and our kids are losing their way as soon as they enter ninth grade. This is not acceptable.

We need to do better in our high schools if we care about our kids’ futures and our own prosperity. Measure 98 commits a modest amount of new state revenues in the next budget to provide more counseling for high school students and more career-tech programs that connect to good jobs in our economy.

Today’s career-tech programs aren’t the shop classes of our parents’ and grandparents’ generations. Instead, they’re focused to teach skills needed in today’s high-tech work environments. When our high schools offer these courses, our kids rise to the challenge. We should rise to this challenge as well. Vote Yes on Measure 98.

Jim Gourley, President, United Steelworkers of America, Oregon Legislation and Education Committee

Greg A. Held, Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer, Oregon and Southern Idaho District Council of Laborers

Matt Findley, President, ILWU Oregon Area District Council

(This information furnished by Tim Nesbitt.)

Argument in Favor

Oregon State Council for Retired Citizens Supports Measure 98

More high school graduates benefits all of us.

We advocate for the interests of retired and senior citizens across Oregon, including their safety and protection of vital services they need. We push for strong local communities so retired people can remain in their homes and living independently as long as possible.

That’s why we support Ballot Measure 98.

Public schools, including our high schools, are essential to strong local communities by:

But right now, Oregon’s high schools are falling behind.

Years of budget cuts have reduced opportunities for young people in high schools, and now our state suffers from the 4th lowest high school graduation rate.

When kids don’t stick with school, they are more likely to get in trouble, to earn less money, and to require public assistance – resources that are taken away from our aging population.

We can turn this around by passing Measure 98.

Measure 98 will revitalize our high schools by providing students with important options to help guide them towards a good path in real life. That means:

We want that for our own children, our grandchildren and the youth we count on to lead us all into the future.

Please vote yes for Measure 98.

Steve Weiss
Oregon State Council for Retired Citizens

(This information furnished by Hannah N. Greenberg.)

Argument in Favor

Electricians Support Measure 98!

A YES vote on 98 helps more Oregon students get trained for good-paying high tech jobs

One-third of Oregon’s electricians are retiring within the next five years. Who’ll take their places?

There is no pipeline channeling young people into the trades. Our state has serious shortages of skilled workers for jobs that pay 35 dollars an hour or more.

About half the people who apply for electrician training don’t have enough basic math skills to make the cut. They don’t even know how to read a tape measure.

This is why we need to vote YES on Measure 98. For years, almost every high school offered shop classes. Hands-on learning opened doors for generations of students. Many found a pathway to good-paying jobs that would support them and their families, like becoming an electrical apprentice.

Today, hands-on classes like shop, auto mechanics and others have fallen off the priority list. Many students no longer learn the basics of tools, measurements and calculations. And many who aren’t college-bound lose interest in school entirely.

Without career and technical education (CTE), students aren’t aware of the range of jobs available. That’s why, as part of my work, I visit high schools, educating kids about our trade.

When I tell them about important work electricians dofrom setting up data storage centers to wiring hospital operating rooms and working on electric-powered cars–their eyes open to the possibilities. These jobs pay $35/hr for fully trained electricians.

High school is the time young people should learn there are more options than choosing between serving coffee or attending a four-year university.

Measure 98 will allow more high schoolers to take courses that give them technical skills for good-paying jobs available right now or after trade school.

On behalf of my colleagues–and every high school student in Oregon–I urge you to vote YES on 98!!

Bridget Quinn, Electrician
Training and Placement Coordinator

(This information furnished by Brittany M. Costa.)

Argument in Favor

Oregon Working Families Party Supports Measure 98

Measure 98 offers the opportunity for Oregon voters to join us in advancing two of the Oregon Working Families Party goals – improving our public schools and opening doors to job training and higher education for Oregonians.

Last year, the legislature funded early learning opportunities and established full-day kindergarten at the front end of our K-12 education system. Measure 98 makes a similar commitment to the all-important high school years, where too many of our students are not graduating or are graduating unprepared for college, apprenticeships and family-wage jobs.

Oregon’s unemployment rate last year for youth aged 16 to 19 was 22.2 percent the fourth highest in the U.S.

We need to do a better job of engaging our kids in high school, teach them real-world skills that connect to good jobs in their communities, and prepare them for college careers.

Measure 98 offers an effective plan to do just that by:

These investments can be funded with a small portion of the new revenue that the state will collect in the next budget period – amounting to just a little more than 1 percent of the state budget.

Measure 98 is smart. It’s affordable. And it’s long overdue to fulfill the promise of opportunity for our public school students.

Please join us in supporting Measure 98.

Jeff Anderson, Co-Chair
Tom Leedham, Co-Chair
Oregon Working Families Party

(This information furnished by Tim Nesbitt.)

Argument in Favor

People with grown-up kids, say ‘yes’ for Measure 98

Local schools have a big effect on us all.

Measure 98 will give us a brighter future.

We are empty-nesters. You know, people whose kids have grown up and left home. We’re looking towards retirement and don’t think about the public schools every day like we once did.

We’re also voting YES on Ballot Measure 98 and here’s why…

Measure 98 means Oregon high schools will get back important programs they used to have:

Measure 98 supports stronger local schools, which help retain our property values and a healthy community. Strong public schools continually attract new residents – including young families with children. That means something to our bottom line, and to yours, too.

Measure 98 is funded by new revenue generated by our growing population and economy: A sound investment for empty-nesters.

We owe it to today’s children to ensure they get the education they need to compete in tomorrow’s workplace, just as our parents and grandparents did for us.

We’re going to do it, and so should you – VOTE YES for Measure 98.

Kenneth and Jane Ames

Meriel Brecke
Coos Bay

Margi Brown

Karen Rose Chavez
Coos Bay

Howard Cutler

Anne Hall
Lincoln City

Kathleen McAllister

Gert Palmer
Coos Bay

Michael Schoenholtz

John and Karen Whisler

(This information furnished by Mallori R. Marks-McNally.)

Argument in Favor

Measure 98 opens doors for skill-building in high school and pathways to good jobs.

Vote yes on 98!

At ENTEK we manufacture equipment for the plastics industry and parts for batteries. We’re challenged to hire enough skilled workers to meet the needs of our growing company. We employ 300-plus people at our global headquarters in Lebanon.

We need machinists, electricians, maintenance personnel, PLC programmers and production associates, yet we struggle to fill these good-paying positions.

We believe Measure 98 and the career technical education (CTE) it can deliver to all Oregon’s high school students will begin to turn the tide for us. Measure 98 captures a small portion of new revenue Oregon receives each year from economic growth and dedicates it for CTE, also known as vocational education. The measure also supports more college readiness education.

We’ve waited too long for our leaders to make these essential programs a priority. What we’ve witnessed instead is a decline in the educational options and opportunities for Oregon’s young people.

ENTEK hasn’t always struggled to find skilled workers. We used to hire people out of high school vocational education, but those programs have been cut.

Oregon’s economy has a serious shortage of skilled workers for jobs paying $35/hr or more. Many Oregon companies can’t find specific technical or trade workers like welders, electricians, and high-tech workers. Restoring vocational and technical education in our high schools means young people can get the training they need to get into these careers.

There are many good-paying jobs that don’t require a degree. We owe it to our kids to let them know that there’s college and a whole array of paths that lead to satisfying and good-paying careers.

Employers and education leaders across the state who have a vision for preparing students for the real world support Measure 98. Please join the movement. Vote YES on 98!!

Larry Keith
CEO, ENTEK International

(This information furnished by Brittany M. Costa.)