Does common core close or widen the opportunity gap? Opportunity gaps refer to the way in which factors like race, socioeconomic status, community wealth, and other factors contribute to lower educational aspirations, achievement and attainment for a certain group of … Continue reading
In the article, one main key point that stood out to me was that of schools managing their money wisely and how to disperse them. “Understand and manage classroom costs”. Disaggerating the costs from teacher to students to classrooms will help the school thrive. it brings the attention to how much classrooms are affected by increasing class sizes.
I didn’t agree too much with replacing the librarians with professionals, yes it would cut the cost the schools are spending. librarians are extremely helpful and although they might not be “professionals” They helps students in many different ways.
As for schools that are experiencing over crowding (and I can say this from experience because my high school was small and over crowded with students) reconfiguring old schools would have been extremely helpful. there was an old school that had shut down that our town could have fixed up a little and used it as an alternative for students to not be over booked.
I believe the answer is to treat each school district equally. Gentrifying places ruins homes it ruins families. Families no longer are able to afford living where their past generations have lived and are forced to move out in order to maintain living because they can no longer afford the cost of living. I think it isn’t our place to vote for other places we don’t live in because were really done know the conditions and the environment. the only people that really know who/what/why to vote for are those that live in the actual area.
Since being unleashed on the field of education in 2010, common core has been both praised and denounced from all sides. While standards are important for school to have for their students, some thought that common core was an overreach … Continue reading
We all know that testing makes up a big part of how a public school are funded and at times the testing difficulty can impact the average scores of each school. When the testing standard is different in each state, … Continue reading
Food insecurity can be defined in many different ways, the USDA defines it as, “whether households run out of food, or whether people went without eating for more than twenty-four hours.” In Oregon, 1 in 6 people struggles with hunger. In the 2000’s Oregon had the highest rate of hunger in the nation, and Governor Ted Kulongoski created a plan to address this issue. He stated, “When 50,000 children everyday go to bed not having eaten a meal in the last 24 hours, that is not the Oregon I know.” Today, hunger is still an issue a lot of kids face. Although the eligibility for food stamps has gotten easier, so more people have more access to food, this still hasn’t eradicated the issue of hunger.
Food insecurity can affect kids in a wide variety of ways. In relation to health, food insecurity can be linked to a higher risk for chronic health conditions, frequent oral health problems, and poorer physical quality of life. In relation to behavior, food insecurity can relate to greater risk of truancy, school tardiness, fighting, hyperactivity, aggression, mood swings, and anxiety. For kids who are growing and need energy to focus in school, having access to nutritious meals is very important.
Portland has a wide variety of organizations that contribute to helping people have access to food. The Portland Food Pantry website lists a number of local organizations: Oregon Food Bank, North East Emergency Food, Grace & Hope for Children, Sharon Community Services, etc. All these organizations supply continuous amounts of food to the local public, but people still suffer from food insecurity. One local organization that uses these resources is Open School. Continue reading
Building authentic relationships is the central theme for our team’s PIC project, “Building Community with Books.” Mrs. McCarthy’s 4th grade classroom at North Gresham Elementary School has partnered with us, a group of students from Portland State, to help their … Continue reading
You can find magic wherever you look…. Sit back and relax all you need is a book!” – Dr. Seuss Our PIC team was given the opportunity to learn about the importance of younger students reading, new books in the … Continue reading