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Portland School Board District 5

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    Anthony Emerson

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1) Ensuring our special needs students have safe access to crucial therapies such as occupational therapy, speech therapy and physical therapy during this pandemic.

2) Fight against teacher cuts and school closures.

3) Closing the opportunity gap that has widened in the past few years.

4) Reforming our social studies education around justice, including refocusing our indigenous history and adding LGBTQ history.

5) Allow high school students who work to receive class credit for their jobs.

6) Dropping the one-size-fits-all method of education, to allow educators to teach to their strengths and to their students' strengths.

7) Addressing systemic inequality.
I’ve known adversity. When I was 7, I was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. When I was 10, my father died from leukemia. Without the commitment and support of faculty and staff at Portland Public Schools, I would not be where I am today. Because of those struggles, I became an activist as a teenager, fighting for LGBTQ equality, and fighting for candidates that I believed in, like Mike Michaud and Betsy Sweet.

During these times, I’m afraid for students who are in similar circumstances. I experienced incredible loneliness when I was in school, even when surrounded by peers. I can't imagine what kids are going through during this pandemic. We need to ensure that all of our kids are being taken care of, and that no one is falling through the cracks. It is our highest obligation.

I’m asking for your vote to stand up for students who are facing adversity — whether it’s a sick parent, food insecurity, a disability, or difficult home life. I’ve been in their shoes. I will be their voice.
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