At the April 11th Portland City Club luncheon forum on "State of the Regional Economy," I asked the following question:
"This is a workforce skills question. Currently Oregon has about 42,000 students in kindergarten. It has statewide two Mandarin dual language immersions programs, one in Portland Public Schools, one in the Beaverton public schools. Together this year they had 76 kids in those two kindergarten programs, which is 0.2% of the kindergarteners statewide. The question to you is whether that is an adequate statistic for Oregon's economic future."
The question was answered by the moderator Craig Wessel of the Portland Business Journal and panelist Vanessa Sturgeon of TMT Development.
My question begins at minute 53 and 55 seconds of the following.