While my 6-month-old son sleeps in the next room, I’ve decided to compile some local highlights from the week. There’s been a lot going on in Oregon education, and my two kids and a big pile of WR 122 essays to grade prevented me from updating until now! A teacher/parent’s work is never done…
As you may have read or heard about, Oregon is facing another round of cuts to things to state-funded organizations, like schools, Parks and Recreation, etc. What will the impact be on schools? Read some of the following, and think about attending or listening in on some future school board meetings.
- Portland School Board: Go to this site to read about upcoming meeting agendas, public meeting notices, etc. This also contains information about the live broadcast and about volunteer committee opportunities.
- Check out the Oregonian’s recent article about the upcoming Portland School Board meeting (this Monday) during which a possible shift in school attendance boundaries will be discussed. This, no doubt, will cause quite a stir. For those who were in my class during the Sabin/Alameda boundary discussion, you know that boundaries are about a lot more than lines on a map.
- Arnie Duncan (Secretary of Education) spoke up in full continued support of charter schools.
- After receiving some of the lowest ratings in the area, the SEI charter school stepped up and spoke out about working toward higher achievement (kudos on addressing this head on)
- Oregon charter schools lose substantial grant funding
Teacher of the Year
- Elena Garcia-Velasco is named Oregon teacher of the year. She is a Spanish teacher at Roosevelt High School and teaches the only AP Spanish course in the area. It’s wonderful that Roosevelt, in addition to Garcia-Velasco, is getting a little love this week.