Superintendents forum gets an "A"


Don Grotting Mike Scott Sue Hildick   The superintendents from the Beaverton and Hillsboro school districts joined WEA guests for a Breakfast Forum recently to talk about the state of educating students in Oregon today. 
   Hillsboro School District Superintendent Mike Scott explained how schools are not what the majority of adults remember from when they were in school - these differences include socioeconomic demographics, cultures, behavioral challenges, and more. 
   Beaverton School Superintendent Don Grotting said many kids live in poverty and come into kindergarten not only unaware of letters or numbers, but socially not ready. 
   Scott said, "students are caught between hope & hurt." 
   Although Oregon ranks near the bottom of the nation for graduation rates, Scott pointed out that it is not an apples to apples comparison, since each state sets its own criteria for graduation. 
   State Representative Margaret Doherty, who was in the audience, pointed out during the Q & A period of the forum, that Oregon has more graduation requirements than 44 other states. 
   The two superintendents said they are focused on narrowing the achievement gap - the educational attainment between different groups of students, including minorities.  
   Other topics the two speakers touched on included partnerships with the business community, career technical education (CTE), school funding, transportation, a future teacher shortage, and more. 
A Time to Listen (full version)
A Time to Listen (full version)
   To see photos from the event, please turn to WEA's Facebook page
   TVCTV was onsite to tape the program, so a video of it will be on the organization's YouTube channel in the coming weeks. 
   The presenters also wanted to share the video to the right, which describes the state of education in Oregon today.
   WEA wants to thank sponsors Intel and Legacy Health, along with moderator Sue Hildick for their support of this event.