Master Public Administration
Last November Oregon voters passed Measure 98 which included support for career programs in high schools as a way to reduce drop outs among other measures. I support the inclusion of more vocational and career training in schools. I believe our schools can do a better job in preparing our students for opportunities after graduation and by offering career training in high schools we will be doing that.
I believe the top three equity issues in the district are related. They are low income, language and low expectations. I believe that low income families have a harder time helping their children succeed in school and I believe we should do everything we can to help them. I would look for ways to fund school nutrition programs so that all students could qualify for free or reduced lunches and breakfast.
I would look at what the program was designed to do and is it delivering on that design. I would prioritize those programs that are having a direct impact on improving our graduation rate.
Current board member of the Reynolds School District.
The Oregon Senate is currently considering a change to the Common Curriculum Goals to encourage schools to offer financial literacy courses (HB 2229 A). Given the high rate of poverty within the Reynolds district, such courses would be an important step to breaking the cycle of generational poverty. Financial literacy is a vital life skill and is applicable to every student as they embark on adulthood. I would support the implementation of this curriculum at Reynolds.
The biggest equity issues that Reynolds is facing is the high rate of students living below the poverty line, the high rate of English language learners, and closing the achievement gap between racial groups. I will continue to support new and current programs that have demonstrated success in these areas, and I will work with the board to hold the district accountable to the equity goals identified and outlined in the 2016-17 Action Plan- Equity Goal (available on the Reynolds website).
Making the decision to cut programs is never easy, but it is sometimes unavoidable. Last year, we faced similar challenges. With a goal for equity in mind, I looked at which programs are essential to the education of our students, which programs benefit the most students to ensure tax dollars are being spent efficiently, and worked to identify ways to compromise on programs that mean a lot to the community. Prioritizing the needs of our students is essential to staying within our limited means.
Co-Founder Rockwood Initiative & Academy
Multnomah County Library Action Committee Member
East County Caring Community Member
Alumni of Reynolds Schools - Alder, Reynolds Middle & High School
Public education change affects millions in a federal and state level. We must all understand that every individual views policy change in their own perspective way. There are many things that I disagree and also agree with, but one thing that I am extremely worried is the future of our education system. I am running for a school board position not only to better represent the school district but also to also learn and engage the changes that we bring for the betterment of our schools.
Equitable resource funding allocation - provide resources to improve disadvantaged schools. Decentralizing educational funding to local leaders can increase responsiveness to local needs. Make funding strategies responsive to students and school needs.
Lack of school and parent / community linking – Improve and diversify communication strategies to align school and parental / community efforts.
Overall language barrier communication – introduce ways to translate and distribute materials
Identifying problems, recognizing root issues, and matching funding mechanisms to goals will all have to come under consideration in regards programs being constrained due to funding. Has this specific program been effective in the success of our students? Has the program been following our objectives of increasing student achievement, fiscal responsibility, and internal and external communication? Programs along with the Superintendent need to fit in role of embracing lifelong learning.