Portland Public Schools needs an intelligent bilingual (Spanish and English) Superintendent of color with strong management skills. PPS does not need another monolingual, White superintendent. But that is what PPS will probably select. So long as educational credentialing in Oregon favors the White and monolingual, and so long as the pool of licensed possibilities (as controlled by the TSPC) is mostly White and monolingual, PPS may not have much choice.
Suzanne Cohen, the new President of the Portland Association of Teachers, has commented in a Willamette Week article (here):
Unfortunately, those with “strong educational backgrounds” are now mostly White and monolingual (see here).
And further, the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission through its licensure requirements will, in effect, require the new superintendent to be White and monolingual.
These are the licensure qualification that the TSPC will require PPS’s new superintendent to meet. None make sense to me. I would do away with them all. In the meantime, PPS will probably not get the superintendent it needs.