Current Activities

Posted on May 23rd, 2016 by Katie Riley

Thank you for visiting my website.  My current activities include service on the following boards/organizations:

Washington County Kids Fund

Hillsboro Empowers Youth (HEY!)

Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health

Sequoia Mental Health Services

NW Regional ESD G.A.P.S. Foundation

Policy Committee of the Oregon Public Health Association

Advisory Council, Oregon Insurance Division

Family Promise of Washington Countyhttp://familypromisewashingtoncountyoregon.org/

I am also chairing the Washington County Kids Fund.  We believe that every child in Washington County deserves to grow up in a safe and nurturing home, succeed in school, and pursue a prosperous adulthood. The Children’s Opportunity Fund Initiative of Washington County (COFI) seeks a sustainable source of funding dedicated to proven, successful programs that prevent child abuse, assure high quality early childhood care and education, and support academic success.

It would be a pleasure to talk with you about any of these organizations.  In addition to these activities, I am spending time with my grandchildren and my husband, Chuck, and am enjoying oil painting.

 

Vote for Katie at Democracy for America

Posted on February 17th, 2012 by Katie Riley

Katie has applied for endorsement from Democracy for America (DFA). You can vote for her at http://www.democracyforamerica.com/campaigns/4508-friends-of-katie-riley

 

New Endorsements!

Posted on February 10th, 2012 by Katie Riley

In addition to several new endorsements from community members, I am happy to highlight the following key endorsements: Gordon Faber, former Hillsboro Mayor; Laborers’ Local 483; and WINPAC (Women’s Initiative Network Political Action Committee).

An Education System in Crisis

Posted on January 23rd, 2012 by Katie Riley

Our children and community are being cheated. Without a strong education system, we all lose. Young people cannot advance in their lives without a strong education. And communities cannot survive without an educated workforce and knowledgeable citizens. We need a skilled and creative workforce to staff our hospitals, run our businesses, and educate future generations.

I’ve spoken with elementary school teachers who have 28-35 students in their classes. They are struggling to provide the individualized attention that students need to succeed. Many do not have aides to assist children with special needs. Forest Grove High School had to let 17 teachers go; the average class size is 35. Hillsboro schools have the fourth largest classroom sizes in the nation and a school year three weeks shorter than the national average. Each child needs caring attention and these numbers prohibit that contact.

Vocational programs and the arts have been drastically cut as funding for education has diminished. In the past, these special interest offerings kept many students engaged in school. After school and summer programs help connect students to academics but they also face cuts.

How did this happen to Oregon schools? Measure 5 passed in 1990, switching funding for school operating costs from local property taxes to the state general fund. In 1997 Measure 50 passed, limiting real estate assessment increases to 3% per year. Today’s county property taxes that are marked “education” pay a smaller share of school operating costs than the state general fund. With the downturn in the economy and the exodus of family wage jobs, a smaller amount of income tax is collected, resulting in a drop in the general fund support. School budgets have had to be cut along with every other state agency. The Commission on Children and Families is being discontinued and the programs it funds will end in June.

What can we do about this? The Governor’s emphasis on realigning our priorities toward education is a good start and requesting a waiver of No Child Left Behind is helpful. However, the proposals lack details. We need to invest more in our schools. Additionally, we should not be scrapping existing programs that link to academic success such as after school programs, family resource centers, and parenting classes without a solid plan for what will replace them.

Governor Barbara Roberts endorses Katie Riley

Posted on January 2nd, 2012 by Katie Riley

I am pleased to report that Governor Barbara Roberts has endorsed me for the position of State Representative for House District 29.  Oregon’s Governor Roberts joins many other state and local elected officials, business people, and other prominent citizens.  Check out the growing list on my endorsements page.

Campaign Update

Posted on December 16th, 2011 by Katie Riley

I have been walking door-to-door in Hillsboro, Cornelius, and Forest Grove and want to give you an update.  Currently, I am walking in Cornelius–yes, even in the cold!  So far, I have walked to over 1,800 residences.  Of the doors I have knocked, 48% of the time voters have been home and approximately 82% of those contacts say they will vote for me in both the primary in May and the general election in November.  In addition, 24%  have said they are willing to have a lawn sign in their yard during the election and 28% have given me their email so they can keep up to date on my activities.

I am also hearing what people want me to work on when I get elected.  The #1 concern is education.  Having experience advocating for youth and with a doctorate in education, I will fight for good funding and flexible education policies in the legislature.