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Oregon leaders need to stop disrupting education reforms, report finds

A new state report released Tuesday, May 24, urges reforms to make better use of $4 billion a year spent on public schools in Oregon. (The Enterprise/Rachel Parsons)

Oregon leaders need to press for more accountability while avoiding political “flavor of the month” funding choices so schooling for the state’s 540,000 students can improve, a new state report concludes.

State auditors say the $4.6 billion a year spent by the state on education is at risk because education standards aren’t enforced, spending decisions aren’t always made carefully, and state leaders expect quick results for long-term problems, disrupting reform.

Auditors made their conclusions and recommended action after doubling back on state audits dating back to 2016. They assembled what they said was not another audit but rather a first-ever “systemic . . .