Senate District 24’s schools are some of the most diverse in the state, and our young people are overcoming incredible odds to succeed. We have high rates of poverty, food insecurity, and homelessness. With the pandemic upending our learning environment, Kayse will support our education system to get kids a quality education no matter where they live. With remote learning, we are witnessing the digital divide play out, with some students risking being left behind due to language and cultural barriers, special needs, or access to high-speed Internet. We need to ensure that every student, wherever they’re learning, has the resources and supports they need to thrive.

As a parent with two kids in the David Douglas School District, Kayse knows that Oregon’s schools are filled with talented teachers and kids eager to learn, but for decades, they have been seriously under-resourced. We made progress in 2019 with the passage of the Student Success Act, which made prioritized targeted investments in students of color, high needs students, and those with other barriers. With uncertainty around the budget, however, we need to keep this promise and not let our investments in equity-focused programs and services fall by the wayside. Now more than ever, we need to be committed to giving every student a quality education, and the tools they need to succeed.