Fund Our Future


Oregon's School Funding Crisis

Decades of disinvestment in education has resulted in unacceptable learning conditions for Oregon students.  Our state has fallen short of adequately funding schools for the last 30 years.  However, 2019 offers the best opportunity in years to finally make significant increases to school funding, with a pro-public education governor and a supermajority in the legislature.  Oregon’s public schools need billions of dollars in additional funding to fully meet the needs of students, and we can make it happen.

Educators are standing up because our students can’t wait any longer for:

  • reasonable class sizes
  • restored programs
  • equitable opportunities to succeed
  • safe schools
  • enough counselors, school psychologists, nurses, social workers and specialists to thrive, not just survive

Join us on May 8th!

We will have local actions at several sites in Portland starting at 8:30 am (Sign up Here!). All will converge at Waterfront Park at 11 am for the rally and March. Thousands of educators, families, and students will be there, from across the metro region and beyond. Bring signs, instruments, and energy, and wear RED!

Schedule for May 8th 

8:30- 10:00 a.m: Meet at the Community Hub closest to you (more info below)

  • Check-in, Sign Making, Sign Waving, Leaflet Drops

10 - 11 a.m.: Transport to Waterfront Park. Lunch on your own.

  • Use public transit whenever possible
  • Carpool from Hubs if transit is not a good option
  • Parking will be available at the MODA Center.

11 - 2 p.m.: Waterfront Park: Fund our Future, Fund our Schools Rally and March

Community Hubs

Community Hubs will be gathering places for educators, families, students, and community members.

We will gather at Community Hubs from 8:30 to 10 am. At each hub, we will have sign-making supplies, and will organize an informational picket at the roadway with the highest visibility. We will be handing out flyers, providing information, and directing actions for community members.

We will use the Hubs as bases to transport downtown. Whenever possible, park at the Hub, and then transport downtown by Trimet or carpool, or go by bike, or on foot if your Hub is close enough

Here are our Community Hub sites:

  • Roosevelt High School
  • Jefferson High School
  • Benson High School
  • Madison High School
  • Franklin High School
  • Cleveland High School
  • Wilson High School
  • Lincoln High School

Sign up here to indicate which Community Hub you will go to.

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How to Get Involved

Wear “Red For Ed” with us on Wednesdays to show that our community is standing up and ready for game-changing investments in Oregon’s schools.  Post photos on social media and use the hashtags #RedForEd, #Red4EdOregon, #orpol, #orleg, #StudentsDeserveBetter, #FundOurFuture.

Connect with our community coalition, Invest In Oregon.  The Invest in Oregon is working to promote investment in Oregon schools and services. Whether it’s participating in a lobby day, speaking out at a town hall, or sharing your personal story — your voice matters. Sign up for an event near you to help invest in Oregon’s future.

Contact your legislators to let them know how stable and sustainable school funding would impact you, your work, your children and your community.

Join us on May 8th!


Parent/Community resources from Our Oregon:

Resources for Portland Educators:



Nation-Wide Momentum to Fund Public Schools

Red For Ed is a movement that is sweeping across the country, with educators coming together in West Virginia, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Kentucky and Arizona to achieve increased school funding and improved resources for students.

Momentum is building. On February 18th, 2019, almost 5,000 Oregon educators and public school families made history marching on the state Capitol to call on lawmakers to fully fund education. Around the state, school boards are passing resolutions in support of fully funding education and community members are chiming in.  On March 13th, 2019, educators and community members hung banners and held signs during rush hour on over 50 freeway overpasses from Eugene to Portland.