Earlier this fall, we asked our community to complete a survey and attend several community meetings to give us your spending priorities. Next school year, the District expects to begin receiving between $5 million and $8 million in new Student Success Act (SSA) state funds to invest in our schools, and we needed to hear how you think it should be spent. And you told us.
Many thanks to the hundreds of parents, students, staff and community members who filled out the survey and who attended our Your Voice Matters listening sessions. As we make these difficult (but exciting) investment decisions, your voice is absolutely crucial to the process. Our spending priorities will reflect your collective voices.
We continue to dig deeper into this data and comb through hundreds of pages of comments that you shared with us. But we do now have a first glance at the responses to our survey questions. Attached are three documents. The first is a two-page summary that provides total responses to questions asking you to rank both the priority areas and the spending categories. The second document is a more in-depth, 18-page look at responses to the same questions, but broken down into various demographic, racial and ethnic groupings. The third document is a Community Feedback Report, a written narrative that summarizes the results of our SSA survey, as well as comments by community members included in the survey. It was prepared for us by the Multnomah Education Service District.
As we continue to analyze this data, pull more information, and summarize those results, we will keep you informed. Meanwhile, we hope you find these results useful as you follow this process.