Thursday, January 16, 2014

When Students Speak, We Should Listen

photo by Bette Lee

When it comes to public education, it seems no one ever asks those who know best: students and teachers.  Doing so would save our state a lot of grief, stress, and wasted time and money.

In Portland Public Schools, where the district is inching closer and closer to a strike as contract negotiations drag out, students express their voices over what they value in their education.  In the following article, "Portland Students Pack School Board Meeting, Back Teachers Union," Alexia Garcia shares insight regarding not only what our students think and want for their quality public education but also why they protested.

Oregon Save Our Schools founder and school board member, Steve Buel, was the only board member to stay and honor the voices of the students.  He and Oregon SOS are proud of Oregon students standing up for themselves, their teachers, and those students who will follow and benefit from their words and actions.

Students, keep up the fantastic work! Your voices are important, powerful, and they do make a difference!






“My parents received an email from PPS claiming that their contract was the contract that supported students,” said Jefferson High School sophomore Mikey Garcia yesterday. “How can PPS say that, when we’ve had three student walkouts and seven total student actions in support of the PAT’s contract proposal? Last night was especially telling that the board has their own agenda. They refused to listen to students when we came to their own meeting to speak.”
Edwards said students’ goals are aligned with teachers’ goals—and are very different from the goals of the school board and corporations who want a say in our public education system.
- See more at: http://labornotes.org/2014/01/portland-students-pack-school-board-meeting-back-teachers-union#sthash.Xqd7sCY1.dpuf
“My parents received an email from PPS claiming that their contract was the contract that supported students,” said Jefferson High School sophomore Mikey Garcia yesterday. “How can PPS say that, when we’ve had three student walkouts and seven total student actions in support of the PAT’s contract proposal? Last night was especially telling that the board has their own agenda. They refused to listen to students when we came to their own meeting to speak.”
Edwards said students’ goals are aligned with teachers’ goals—and are very different from the goals of the school board and corporations who want a say in our public education system.
- See more at: http://labornotes.org/2014/01/portland-students-pack-school-board-meeting-back-teachers-union#sthash.Xqd7sCY1.dpuf
“My parents received an email from PPS claiming that their contract was the contract that supported students,” said Jefferson High School sophomore Mikey Garcia yesterday. “How can PPS say that, when we’ve had three student walkouts and seven total student actions in support of the PAT’s contract proposal? Last night was especially telling that the board has their own agenda. They refused to listen to students when we came to their own meeting to speak.”
Edwards said students’ goals are aligned with teachers’ goals—and are very different from the goals of the school board and corporations who want a say in our public education system.
- See more at: http://labornotes.org/2014/01/portland-students-pack-school-board-meeting-back-teachers-union#sthash.Xqd7sCY1.dpuf
“My parents received an email from PPS claiming that their contract was the contract that supported students,” said Jefferson High School sophomore Mikey Garcia yesterday. “How can PPS say that, when we’ve had three student walkouts and seven total student actions in support of the PAT’s contract proposal? Last night was especially telling that the board has their own agenda. They refused to listen to students when we came to their own meeting to speak.”
Edwards said students’ goals are aligned with teachers’ goals—and are very different from the goals of the school board and corporations who want a say in our public education system.
- See more at: http://labornotes.org/2014/01/portland-students-pack-school-board-meeting-back-teachers-union#sthash.Xqd7sCY1.dpuf
“My parents received an email from PPS claiming that their contract was the contract that supported students,” said Jefferson High School sophomore Mikey Garcia yesterday. “How can PPS say that, when we’ve had three student walkouts and seven total student actions in support of the PAT’s contract proposal? Last night was especially telling that the board has their own agenda. They refused to listen to students when we came to their own meeting to speak.”
Edwards said students’ goals are aligned with teachers’ goals—and are very different from the goals of the school board and corporations who want a say in our public education system.
- See more at: http://labornotes.org/2014/01/portland-students-pack-school-board-meeting-back-teachers-union#sthash.Xqd7sCY1.dpuf
“My parents received an email from PPS claiming that their contract was the contract that supported students,” said Jefferson High School sophomore Mikey Garcia yesterday. “How can PPS say that, when we’ve had three student walkouts and seven total student actions in support of the PAT’s contract proposal? Last night was especially telling that the board has their own agenda. They refused to listen to students when we came to their own meeting to speak.”
Edwards said students’ goals are aligned with teachers’ goals—and are very different from the goals of the school board and corporations who want a say in our public education system.
- See more at: http://labornotes.org/2014/01/portland-students-pack-school-board-meeting-back-teachers-union#sthash.Xqd7sCY1.dpuf

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