About a month ago, I wrote a piece outlining the dire state of arts education funding in Portland's public schools. In the piece, I noted that the Creative Advocacy Network (CAN) was working with city hall on a ballot measure that would create a permanent source of funding for arts education, in light of troubling statistics suggesting that Oregon schools are well below national averages in offering access to public arts education.
CAN just came out with the details of that ballot measure: They're proposing "a $35 capped income tax for every income-earning adult residing in Portland"—with an exception for individuals living at or below the poverty level, says CAN's Jessica Jarratt Miller.
The tax would generate an estimated $12 million, of which 52 percent would go toward restoring arts and music teachers to elementary schools, and the rest to programs like the Regional Arts and Culture Commission, as well as to provide arts-access grants to schools and nonprofits. (There's also a capped 3 percent for administrative costs.)
CAN is still finalizing details of the funding package, says Jarratt Miller, and has yet to set a definite date for referral to November's ballot.