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Portland School District Zone 6

Special districts in Oregon are formed to govern specific resources. Examples are people’s utility districts, library districts, sewer districts, irrigation districts, ports and cemetery districts. Some districts get revenue only from taxes. Others, such as water districts, get revenue from ratepayers. Others may combine the two sources. Each district is governed by a board of directors which is responsible for the operation of the district and its financial accountability. ( https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/198.010 ) Qualifications: Candidate must be a registered voter and a resident of the district for 1 year. Employees of the district are not eligible unless employed as a substitute driver. ORS 332.016 and 332.018(2)Salary: A member of the governing body of a district may receive an amount not to exceed $50 for each day or portion thereof as compensation for services performed as a member of the governing body. Such compensation shall not be deemed lucrative. The governing body may provide for reimbursement of a member for actual and reasonable traveling and other expenses necessarily incurred by a member in performing official duties. [1971 c.403 §2; 1983 c.327 §2; 1983 c.740 §53a; 1989 c.517 §1; 1995 c.79 §74] In event of Vacancy: Except as otherwise provided by law, a vacancy in an elected office in the membership of the governing body of a district shall be filled by appointment by a majority of the remaining members of the governing body. If a majority of the membership of the governing body is vacant or if a majority cannot agree, the vacancies shall be filled promptly by the county court of the county in which the administrative office of the district is located. [ORS 198.320]

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    Julia Brim-Edwards
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    Libby Glynn
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  • Matthew (Max) Margolis
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Even before COVID and the transition to online learning, school districts struggled with disparities in academic achievement. Educators fear even greater gaps upon their return to classrooms. What strategies will you consider to address these increased disparities?

COVID has shown us the importance of family support in facilitating students’ education. How will you build on this understanding to increase the role of parents in decision making and promote parental involvement in schools?

What is the impact of the pandemic on school budgets and spending priorities? How do you propose meeting these new challenges?

Los distritos escolares ya tenían dificultades con las disparidades en el desempeño académico, inclusive antes del COVID y de la transición al aprendizaje por internet. Los educadores temen que aparezcan vacíos aún mayores cuando el estudiantado vuelva a los salones de clase. ¿Qué estrategias considerará usted para enfrentar el aumento de estas dificultades?

El COVID nos ha mostrado la importancia del apoyo de las familias para facilitar la educación de los estudiantes. ¿Cómo utilizará este hecho para ampliar la función de los padres en la toma de decisiones y promover la participación de los padres de familia en las escuelas?

¿Cuál es el impacto de la pandemia en los presupuestos escolares y en las prioridades de gasto? ¿Qué propone usted para enfrentar estos nuevos desafíos?

Campaign Phone (public) (503) 701-4096
Web Site (leave blank if not applicable) http://JuliaforPortlandSchoolBoard.com
Town Where You Live Portland
Your Experience/Qualificatons 25 years of working with parents and educators to support, fund and improve our schools. School parent volunteer and leader, including serving on the PPS School Board (2001-2005, 2017-2021) and as Board Chair/Vice Chair/Policy Committee Chair/Audit Committee Chair. Chair of the voter-approved PPS 2020 School Bond; Co-founder, PIL Foundation--Support athletic funding equity/middle school sports. Independent & Accountable! Instituted PPS internal performance auditing. Parent of three; PPS alum.
Twitter @BrimJulia
County Multnomah
Term 2021-2025
Portland Public Schools has worked diligently to increase graduation rates, preparing students for college, work, and their futures. We have focused intensively on eliminating student achievement disparities, yet Covid has likely widen learning gaps. We must continue to provide basic supports as students return to the classroom, including providing laptops and internet access for those who need it and supplemental academic supports. With a return to in-person learning in our school buildings, we will need to meet students where they’re at and fully fund academic supports and accelerate learning opportunities. We must: 1) Identify students needing the most intensive supports; 2) Ensure social workers and counselors are addressing social/emotional needs/the impacts of social isolation; 3) Expand academic supports to include reading coaches, tutoring, and summer school; 4) Expand partnerships with community organizations to provide students culturally-specific supports, mentoring.
This has been an incredibly challenging school year for all of us. Prior to the pandemic, as parents we relied on teachers to educate our kids at school. Last Spring, suddenly, kids were home full-time and expected to learn in a virtual environment, with many homes not equipped with workspace, computers, and internet access. Many parents struggled to maintain jobs while also supporting their kids with on-line learning. Yet, through this, parents have learned what works and what doesn’t work in engaging their kids. District leaders need to hear from them…and to listen. Parents will be key to helping teachers, school board and district leaders build a path forward as our students return full time to the classroom. I am committed to working with parents to take the valuable lessons from distance learning and incorporate them into our schools. We must welcome parents into schools, seek their advice on the most important issues, and consider them full partners in their kids’ education.
School board members must prioritize budget items to promote student success and supports for students not at grade level or on track to graduate. School budgets were already tight, and, now, due to Covid, students have experienced increased social isolation and learning gaps. We must fund additional school health and safety measures, and add more social workers, counselors and school nurses. We must fund accelerated learning opportunities, including after school programs, tutoring, and summer school to help our students catch up. By combining federal recovery funds, and funds from the local option, 2020 bond, and Student Success Act, PPS can fund more teachers for smaller classes, reading coaches, counselors, technology upgrades, and special education student supports. I will continue to vote to focus funds on classroom supports, not on administrative spend. And, as PPS Audit Committee Chair, I will continue to rigorously examine expenditures to focus our resources on our students.
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Campaign Phone (public) (971) 222-9066
Web Site (leave blank if not applicable) http://libbyglynn.com
Town Where You Live Portland, Oregon (SE)
Your Experience/Qualificatons I greatly enjoyed the experience of participating on the Multnomah County Youth Advisory Board and being able to work with a variety of local leadership by lending a youth voice. As an adult I have been actively listening to many voices in the community especially in regards to local education experiences with Portland Public Schools. I am currently CoPresident of Bridger School PTA.
Twitter @libbyglynn7
County Multnomah County
Term Four Years
Encouraging early intervention by teachers and specialists greatly assists in narrowing the academic achievement gap for younger students. More attention by the districts and more funding for specialists needs to be given to the school communities that experience greater disparities in the academic realm. Citizens are actively trying to complete a much needed overhaul of the PPS Foundation. This will be fundamental in working towards a more equitable solution for many students in PPS schools. I think we need to also be working on drafting state legislation that gives education additional funding from sources such as the cannabis tax. Currently much of this funding is going elsewhere but would better serve the students of Portland and of Oregon. Having greater access to trade schools and magnet programs can have a sustaining and direct impact for students whom are also seeking career opportunities in our rapidly changing work environments. Continuing to use an equity lens is vital.
I believe that increased community involvement is key. School districts should encourage community parental forums to take place quarterly and possibly by school zones. Online meetings and education can continue as another option to meet. Proper communication with parents has been lacking in the recent past and this should be one of the strongest strategies taken by Portland Public Schools to build bridges with the whole family. Utilizing translation services to a greater affect will serve to help build community with less engaged parents. All parents should feel like they have a voice and should be made aware that they can actively communicate with the board as well as the with the district and the individual schools that their students attend. As a leader of a local PTA group we have actively been promoting different types of optional workshops and speakers for parental education purposes. The better informed a parent is can serve to make the experiences of our youth easier.
As stated in the above prior question, funding is available. Priorities need to change and additional funding needs to be allocated to education. We need to actively seek it out and encourage local governments to make new funds available for education. By drafting necessary legislation we can figure out how to fund any existing school budget shortfalls. I believe that issues regarding the safety of students and staff should be a top priority as we return to school buildings. Many school campus' need both ground improvements as well as building safety updates. School districts are required by EPA law to keep the public informed annually regarding the safety of its buildings. Again, I believe that better communication with the stakeholders of the community is necessary for successful engagement regarding the districts spending priorities.
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