Tonight, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is in Portland for a fund-raiser with the Oregon Business Association, as well as a town hall with educators.
We hope that while he was in Oregon, he was able to see firsthand the daunting challenges that are facing our local schools—overcrowded classrooms, outdated materials, rising poverty rates among students, and too few educational opportunities for all students.
While so much of the educational conversation today centers around untested (or unsuccessful) fads that are popular with the corporate-backed “reform” cabal, the needs of Oregon’s students are straightforward.
If you had the opportunity, what would you like to tell the Obama administration about what our schools need?
It’s not a direct line to the White House, but your local newspaper’s Letters to the Editor page is a great place to inform your neighbors and community leaders about the problems our schools are facing.
(And if you’re a teacher and you want to send a message to Mr. Duncan, the Oregon Education Association has set up a form here.)