It's the beginning of a 12-year march to ensure high school graduation for all and that 80 percent of students receive a meaningful college credential or degree.
The state's ambitions and budgets appear mismatched. "It is clear to me that the entire enterprise of public education is underfunded at all levels," says Gov. John Kitzhaber.
But he recognizes that waiting for an improved economy and tax code is tantamount to giving up. A big goal and tight resources put a premium on strategic budget making. As lawmakers decide how to divvy up $8 billion in state education funding, they must keep two concepts in mind: capacity and productivity.