OCCUPATION: Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant
OCCUPATIONAL BACKGROUND: 26 yrs physical therapy
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: Mt. Hood Community College, AAS degree in Physical Therapy. Portland Community College, certificate of completion in the Legal Assistant Program.
PRIOR GOVERNMENTAL EXPERIENCE: None
I have lived and worked in East Multnomah Co. for more than 20 years. My 3 children have been and are being educated in the Gresham/Barlow School District.
I am concerned about the education that our children receive.
The things we need to focus on are the basics.
- Reading – many can't read at appropriate grade level.
- (Only 66% in ‘09 met 10th grade reading level)
- Writing – many can't spell, use grammar or punctuation correctly.
- Mathematics – have you noticed how many HS graduates can't make change from a $20 bill?
- (only 54% in ‘09 met the 10th grade mathematics levels)
The percentages for Reading, Writing and Mathematics haven't changed much in Gresham/Barlow since 2001 and yet we are spending about $2000 more per student.
Gresham spends $8,548/pupil with a 23:1 student-teacher ratio. That is almost $200,000 for each classroom.
Are you happy with the return on your investment in Gresham/Barlow schools? Is it better today than it was 10 years ago, or the same?
As a parent and as a taxpayer that values quality education, I ask that you vote for fiscal responsibility based on measurable outcomes in education. Let's make sure that the money actually educates the children.
The time has come for new ideas, fresh perspective and a new direction.
Together we can work to have a better return on our investment, which means better outcomes for our kids.
It is time for change!
Vote for COMMON SENSE, vote for me.
I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
(This information furnished by Faith Gabrielson)
The above information has not been verified for accuracy by Multnomah County.