Education advocates: Pass the PPS bond measure

Education advocates from all around Portland -- whether political candidate, union representative, reformers or parents -- support  Portland Public Schools bond proposal, Measure 26-193.

With less than a week to go, Portland voters will have an opportunity to choose from 11 candidates for three open positions on the PPS Board. Although candidates vary in their backgrounds, perspectives and campaign promises, all found common ground on an important issue: They unanimously endorse Measure 26-193.

Candidates for PPS Board Member positions are joined by Portland Association of Teachers, Stand For Children, the Concordia University Foundation and numerous PTAs in unequivocally supporting this crucial investment in our city's schools.  

Portland Association of Teachers: "Portland's teachers see the impact that our crumbling schools have on our children's education every day," said Suzanne Cohen, President. "Students can't drink water from a fountain after their PE class, have to sit under leaky roofs and wonder whether their classrooms will make them sick. Under these conditions, it's difficult for teachers to educate and provide meaningful instruction for a modern education. This is unacceptable, especially in a city like Portland that celebrates and cherishes public education as a vital institution that serves as the backbone of our communities."

Stand for Children Oregon: "The bond will help give more high school students access to updated career technical education spaces, helping to boost graduation rates and better preparing students for good paying jobs when they graduate," said Toya Fick, Executive Director.

Concordia University Foundation: "Here at Concordia University it is our goal to see quality education facilities across Portland and for every student to have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive in modern education facilities. Please join us in supporting the 2017 PPS Bond," said Gary Withers, the Interim President.  

Concordia partnered with PPS to plan and build the Faubion Elementary School, opening this August. This innovative partnership yielded a multi-purpose space that houses undergraduate teaching classes, Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math (STEAM) classrooms, PK-8 classrooms and health services. It exemplifies the exciting new partnerships PPS is developing to connect Portland's students' education to the city at-large.

Parent teacher associations (PTA) and community advocates also are backing the bond: Boise-Eliot/Humboldt PTA, James John PTA, Whitman PTA, Friends of Glencoe, ACCESS Academy PTSA, Friends of Lincoln and  Benson Polytechnic High School Alumni Association.

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