New Season co-founder Eileen Brady has filed to run for mayor of Portland. In her filing speech, she said (here):
While the Mayor doesn’t have an official role running our schools, I will take a real leadership role in transforming our school system into one that is performance oriented, led by teachers, and driven to graduate innovators, entrepreneurs, trades people, artisans, scientists, problem solvers, social justice leaders and bi-lingual global citizens.
Given the advocacy themes of this blog, I especially like the “bi-lingual” phrase. I give her credit for saying it. I wonder if she would be willing to advocate in public for expanding the Mandarin and Japanese immersion programs in Portland Public Schools and for creating high school study abroad programs in all of the Portland school districts?
Perhaps, too, she can bridge the tension between “led by teachers” and “bi-lingual.” Right now teachers unions are the major obstacles to school districts, or the State of Oregon, paying for high school study abroad programs. And teachers unions are often part of local efforts to prevent foreign language immersion programs.