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Oregon legislature considers buffering finances of fire-struck school districts

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Phoenix-Talent students

School funding in Oregon is based on attendance... a larger number of students in classes brings a larger number of dollars from the state.

The effect works in the other direction, too, and has been a looming issue for school districts affected by the September 2020 fires. Phoenix and Talent lost more homes than any other community, so the Phoenix-Talent school district faces a major reduction in funding if families are unable to move into permanent homes in the district.

State Rep. Pam Marsh is working on the issue in the current legislative session, pushing for a bill (HB 4026) that would give all school districts in post-fire rebuilding extended funding. We get the details as Rep. Marsh visits the Exchange.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. John Baxter is the senior producer, Angela Decker is the producer and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.