For Immediate Release
November 5, 2008
Parents and Teachers Know Better
A majority of Oregon voters defeat Sizemore initiatives.
OR-Last night a majority of Oregon voters defeated Measures 58 and 60. The Parents and Teachers Know Better Coalition is thrilled with the results. For a second time in less than a decade, Oregonians have rejected Bill Sizemore's dangerous attacks on Oregon teachers and classrooms.
Oregonians were able to see Sizemore's vague measures for what they really are - poorly written, unpopular ideas that would have had negative consequences for Oregon classrooms.
"Teachers, parents, and school advocates from around the state raised their voices loud and clear on these measures, and voters agreed that decisions about children's education should be made by the people closest to the classroom," said Treasure Mackley, Campaign Manager.
The broad coalition of education organizations and advocates made the victory against Measures 58 and 60 possible. Through the efforts and support from organizations such as Oregon Education Association, American Federation of Teachers-Oregon, Oregon School Employees Association, Stand for Children and CAUSA we once again defeated Bill Sizemore's dangerous anti-education initiatives.
Over 30 local school boards passed resolutions opposing Measures 58 and 60 and The Parents and Teachers Know Better Campaign contacted nearly 100,000 voters through volunteer efforts alone to defeat the harmful initiatives.
"The passion of parents, teachers and education advocates fueled this campaign to victory and protected Oregon students from Sizemore's attacks on public education," said Mackley.