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Report: Oregon Falling Behind in Nurses in Schools
As kids go back to school this fall, building and maintenance concerns and high rates of chronic absenteeism are often in the news. However, coverage usually misses an important piece of the problem: continued cuts to school nurse positions.
A new report from ONA outlines that during the 2014-15 school year Oregon had one registered nurse or certified school nurse for every 2,178 students, and one certified school nurse for every 4,664 students – far below the recommended state and national ratio of one school nurse for every 750 students.
In their absence, students go home from school at greater rates, do not receive the care they need, and medical services are delegated to teachers or classified office staff, who lack a nursing license and are juggling a number of administrative tasks.
Oregon needs to take steps to make sure kids are receiving the best quality of care at school. Measure 97 will make those investments possible. By ensuring that some of the largest corporations are paying their fair share in corporate taxes, we can finally give all Oregon students the health attention they need at school. To get more involved with Measure 97, contact Chris at

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