We’re #48!

Lions Day at the Capitol flyer

Okay, so that doesn’t sound quite as cool as “We’re #1!” does it?Lions Day at the Capitol flyer

The reality is that here in Oregon, when it comes to High School graduation rates, somehow we are…#48.

Many factors play into why some students don’t graduate: Too many students in a classroom, needing to make money to support their families, learning disabilities, delinquent behavior, etc.

But there’s some other factors to consider, especially here in Oregon:

  • 25% of all children have an undiagnosed vision problem
  • Children that do not see well tend to have difficulty reading at grade level
  • Third graders not reading at 3rd grade level are 13 times less likely to graduate H.S. than those that do
  • Oregon ranks 48th out of 50 states in School Nurse:Student ratio

There is a need for identifying children at an early age that do not see well and there is something that can be done about it. Legislation has been introduced that will sustain public funding for vision screening in Oregon schools and the Bill will have a hearing before the Senate Education Committee on Monday, February 25th at 1 pm. Successful passage of this Bill, currently SB 152 and SB 289, will provide funding for vision screening in Oregon schools and will help our children see, learn, and read to their full potential.

This is one of the rare bipartisan issues that has support on both sides of the aisle and in both the House and the Senate.

It is not controversial and not political. It simply is a childhood health issue that was addressed with the passage of SB 187 in 2017 and the funding needs to be sustained to ensure that vision screening for children continues in Oregon.

We’re confident that we can get the Bill passed out of committee on February 25th but we’d like to fill Hearing Room B to show widespread support for this issue. Here again are the details:

SB 152/SB 289
Funding for Vision Screening in Oregon Schools
Monday, February 25th – 1 pm
Hearing Room B
Oregon State Capitol

We hope to see you there!

If you have questions for Doug about this legislation or other aspects of vision screening in Oregon schools feel free to ask him at DougT@olshf.org or at (503) 413-8385.

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