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July 31, 2010


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with just a few needed changes to their draft initiatives, the Oregon Business Plan could put Oregon on the economic path they seek, one “defined by thriving businesses that lead their industries in ideas, innovation and design, market reach, and staying power.” I hope so!

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There is a sad pattern of neglect by the business community of the need to give Oregon graduates a new set of foreign language skills for the 21st century global economy. This needs to change. Such neglect will have serious consequences.


The West Linn – Wilsonville School Board recently cut its one year old Spanish immersion program (perhaps thinking it would save money. It won’t). Again, no business community support for continuing the program.

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Developing foreign languages programs has not been on the business community’s agenda. For examples, there were bills to expand Mandarin programs before the 2007 and 2009 legislative session.

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