Great Schools for All!  A Conversation for Portland Parents, Teachers, and Neighbors

August 19, 2019 / Heather Nahmias

Great Schools for All!  A Conversation for Portland Parents, Teachers, and Neighbors

by Scholars Strategy Network, letter dated August 18, 2019


Event Details:

Thursday 8/22, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Friendly House – The Garden Room

1737 NW 26th Avenue (at Thurman St.)


       What will it take to have great schools for all in Portland?

In May, thousands of parents, students, and teachers marched to press the Oregon legislature to boost educational appropriations – and we won!  

But more state funding is only part of the answer.  Portland’s recent history created challenges to the goal of equitable public education.  As the city became more integrated, schools have remained segregated.  While Portlanders grew wealthier, property tax caps cut spending per student and ended needed programs. 

Many parents and teachers are now working to make their schools more inclusive and successful.  But it will take strategy and resolve to undo racial and economic inequalities and build great schools for all.

This conversation is intended as a place to share what parents and teachers are doing at their schools, to hear from advocates who have long worked on behalf of equity in education, and to find out how we might support efforts for student success.  It is hosted by the Oregon chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network, a group of researchers who are committed to high quality, equitable public education.  Our goal is do research and policy analyses -- as needed -- to help initiatives led by PDX parents and teachers. 

       Please join us on August 22nd.  Bring your children.  There’s a fenced in patio/playspace.

       We'll have main dishes for everyone.

       Please bring something to share - protein, side, fruit, dessert or drinks -- if you can!


We set up a Google sheet for you to tell us if you can come and what you can bring to the potluck so that we’ll have variety of foods, including vegan, gluten-free, kosher, halal, and what’s right for your children.

If you have questions or prefer to reply directly, please email Bob Liebman

If you can’t come but want to learn more, let us know so we can add you to our list


Wishing you a great schoolyear.


Bob Liebman, Leanne Serbulo, Lisa Dodson, Lina Stepick, Mary King

Scholars Strategy Network

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