Chart of the Week: Oregon's Measure 98 Invests in Educational Equity

26 Oct 2016 | Angel Ross
Chart of the Week: Oregon's Measure 98 Invests in Educational Equity

To add equity data to the national dialogue about growth and prosperity, every week the National Equity Atlas team posts a new chart from the Equity Atlas related to current events and issues.

With less than two weeks left until Election Day, many voters across the country are sifting through sample ballots to determine which state and local measures to support. In Oregon, Measure 98 would commit at least $147 million annually to programs in dropout prevention, career and technical education, and college readiness. The measure is designed to boost high school graduation rates, particularly among low-income students, students of color, and students with disabilities, while addressing the serious shortage of skilled and educated workers in the state.

Atlas data underscore how important boosting educational attainment among students of color is for Oregon’s economic future especially considering the current education levels of adults 25 to 64 years old.

As this week’s chart illustrates, by 2020, 43 percent of jobs in Oregon are expected to require at least an Associate’s degree (AA). Yet most of Oregon’s workers do not possess this level of education, and its fastest-growing demographics are the furthest behind. Between 2010 and 2040, Latinos will grow from 12 to 24 percent of Oregon’s population. Yet, today, just 28 percent of U.S.-born Latinos and 10 percent of immigrant Latino’s have an associate’s degree or higher.

Measure 98 aligns well with the type of equity-focused policy agenda that Oregon’s state policymakers are seeking to implement. On October 5th, PolicyLink staff led a workshop with more than 50 Oregon government leaders in policy arenas including economic development, education, healthy communities, and environment, to help them integrate an equity and inclusion focus throughout their work.

To see how education levels and job requirements vary for your state, region, or city, visit the National Equity Atlas, download the chart for your community, and post to social media using #equitydata.