Education officials throughout Oregon simply don’t know when they will get the student investment account funding to hire the hundreds of new teachers required under the student success act. InterMountain Education Service District Superintendent Mark Mulvihill tells KUMA News that the state is considering delaying collection of the new corporate activity tax that will fund SSA-mandated programs.
“I anticipate the majority of districts will not be hiring these positions right now,” Mulvihill said. “I know at the ESD, we’re going to be freezing our hiring as a first step.”
The COVID-19 pandemic is not just impacting new programs. Mulvihill points out that with people unemployed and income tax deadlines being moved to July 15, there won’t be as much available from the general fund for existing services. He said that fortunately the state is entering the COVID-19 recession in a stronger financial position than in the last recession.
“It certainly is a time with so much uncertainty that we’re cautious,” Mulvihill said.