Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Kitzhaber, business leaders urge education changes

Statesman Journal
January 7th, 2015

Oregon's schools and corporations need to be far more connected if the state's children and economy are to have a bright future, according to the speakers who have addressed the Oregon Leadership Summit in Portland.
The summit's morning sessions centered around education. Politicians and business leaders spoke little about funding or academic standards, focusing almost exclusively on how students' skills need to be relevant to the workforce they will one day enter.
The tone stood in sharp contrast to the conference two years ago when the same group urged the Oregon Legislature to put more money into the K-12 budget during the 2013 legislative session.
The conversation rarely mentioned money. Ideas were floated and policy discussed, but funding remained quietly in the background.

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