On the agenda for the December 6th meeting of the Portland Public Schools Board is an action item titled “2017 Legislative Platform.” (here) In its three page draft form it leaves out several important priorities and makes a fuzzy statement on another.
Left out entirely (and which should be added) are (1) support for changes in the State School Fund to permit local school districts to count high school students studying abroad (and paid for by the local district) for purposes of State School Fund allocations, (2) support for start-up funding for more dual language immersion programs, (3) support for developing more online learning opportunities for high school students across Oregon, and (4) support for effort to further racially desegregate schools across Oregon.
There is fuzzy support for more “recruitment and retention of teachers of color and bilingual teachers:”
That is not enough. The Legislature must hold hearings on the issue. The public schools of teacher education must make significant changes or have their budget cuts (here). Same with the Teacher and Practices Commission, changes or budget cuts (here).