Kitzhaber pitches health, education overhauls



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gov. John Kitzhaber is taking aim at critics who say he’s moving too quickly to overhaul Oregon’s health care and education systems.

Kitzhaber said in his state-of-the-state speech Friday that changes aren’t happening fast enough for thousands of at-risk children. He’s laying out his pitch for four bills he hopes the Legislature will approve when lawmakers convene in February for a one-month session.

The governor is seeking authority for his Oregon Education Investment Board to create “achievement compacts” with school districts. The compacts would stipulate the outcomes schools are expected to achieve in exchange for state funding.

He also pitched his health care overhaul, which would create “coordinated care organizations” to oversee the care of low-income patients on Oregon’s version of Medicaid.