LISTENING TO THE COMMUNITY
JOBS / ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
DENSITY & DEMOLITIONS
ARTS + CULTURE
QUALITY OF LIFE
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Cutting dovetails in 1972. Woodworking was a big part of my high school life. I have a personal connection to CTE.
"Stuart has been a long-time activist for schools across the city, and a champion for equity; as Commissioner he will be one of the strongest proponents for our children and our schools on the City Council in decades.”
PAUL ANTHONY, BOARD MEMBER PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS
City Hall should provide more leadership in helping our schools. I would like to see thousands more of our kids do well in school, graduate, go to college, and go on to fulfilling, prosperous and enjoyable lives.
Leadership. Commissioners should coordinate city bureaus, the county, faith organizations, community groups and others to help make kids more ready to learn when they get to school. The City should also provide more leadership to help keep kids away from gangs after school, on weekends, and in the summer. Urban kids should have more access to the wonderul wilderness areas outside of our city. And, the City can help far more to build partnerships between businesses, organizations and schools.
Overcrowding/New Schools. Overcrowded schools negatively affect our kids, our teachers, our parents, and our city. It's a pressing issue that the city needs to be involved in more directly. New housing projects bring on more new students. New housing projects have System Development Charges (SDC's) for infrastructure and parks, but not schools. This doesn't make sense. As our city grows, school overcrowding will become more pronounced across Portland. The City needs to work with school districts, developers, parents and community groups and help find funds for new schools necessitated by population increases.
Ready to learn. Every kid in Portland has the right to have slept in a warm, safe, dry, nurturing home before school. Every kid should have had breakfast before school, and a welcoming home after school with loving and supportive adults. The City should help coordinate with the County, State, faith communities and non-profits to help this become a reality.
Youth Programs need to be supported and enhanced. Afternoons, weekends, summers. Outdoor School.
Partnerships between business and our schools have only scratched the surface. City Hall can be a tremendous help here too. Partnerships can better prepare our students to get good jobs after their education, help students get internships during school and summers, and help Portland businesses.
CTE/Trade Schools are an important part of our school system and they help engage many students. I support robust CTE programs that train students for tomorrow's jobs, in coordination with Portland businesses.
Minority and Women owned businesses. It's odd that we focus so much on the end product (% of M/W business involvement in government projects) and not on the inception. From my experience there are not nearly enough minority and women owned businesses to choose from. It's obvious that schools can and should grow more M/W potential business owners and entrepreneurs.
The On-time Graduation Rate for our students is terrible, especially for our students of color. Imagine what drastically increased graduation rates over the next four years would do for our local culture, neighborhood and economy? And imagine our pride and sense of optimism that would come from this fantastic accomplishment! Though it is a formidable challenge, Portland is not nearly as challenging as many US cities - we have less bureaucracy, reduced numbers, more citizens involved in our school system. Let's do it! 95% should be our true goal.
We have a school system that used to be, and could once again be, an envy of the nation. Schools represent our future, our soul, our economic health. We can do better.
I have been involved in our public schools for 7 years. After visiting Minneapolis and learning about how their city aided their schools, I wrote '80% in 4 years' to show how our City Council could help to increase our graduation rates. Stuart's recent involvement with Schools.
Portland Public Schools (PPS), 2014
2016 Bond Development Committee
Portland Public Schools, 2013
Education Specs Executive Committee
Lucky Lab Group, 2011
co-founder, Leadership Group
Advocates for schools
Our Portland, Our Schools, 2012
co-founder, Leadership Group
Advocates for schools
PPS, 2012: School Facilities Bond Campaign
Long Term Facilities Advisory Committee
Portland Public Schools, 2012
Bond Development Committee member
Stand for Children: 2009 - 11
Lincoln High School (LHS)
Communications Committee, 2012 - 13
LHS: Red Book designer, 2012 - 15
LHS: 2011 Bond, leadership committee
LHS: Long Term Development Comm.: 2009 - 15
LHS: Lincoln Foundation - 2010 - 12For further information on my school experience, please click here.
Will Emmons at PPS graduation - 2012