There's a reason why the state ranks nearly dead last in the USA when it comes to success in education, and it isn't due to lack of funding.
PRINEVILLE — Picture book at the ready, kindergarten teacher Ashley Smith looked out into a sea of wiggling, giggling bodies. “I know you’re ready when you’re sitting criss-cross applesauce, spoons in your bowl,” she said.
Really? "Criss-cross applesauce"? Seriously?
They never did idiocy like that when I was a kid - thank goodness. Of course, we didn't have things like all-day kindergarten (ours was half-day, and it wasn't on the public dime), free breakfasts, free lunches, and so on, either; we somehow managed to make stuff like rockets, lasers, computers and other things despite having been so horribly "disadvantaged" in our developmental years.
Now that the state has all-day kindergarten, they're going to need moar munny:
With full-day kindergarten the standard in Oregon beginning this school year, education officials are setting their sights on the younger children, with preschool programs that prepare them for kindergarten and beyond and partnerships that bring districts and preschool providers together to learn from each other.
Yep, that's the ticket! What we need now is public preschool, to go along with our all-day public kindergarten. And diversity - we've gotta have moar diversity. And that's why, here in Portland Public Schools, we end up stuck with this:
Sara Gandarilla, the first-year principal at Rigler Elementary School who abruptly went on paid leave in April, is returning to Portland Public Schools in a lower position, as assistant principal at Markham Elementary School. Portland Public Schools created the position that Gandarilla will fill even though it determined in March that Markham didn't qualify for funding for an assistant principal.
Gandarilla went on leave from her previous job at the North Clackamas School District in 2014 after a dispute there.
So Sara couldn't get along with staff at Clackamas, yet was hired by PPS to be a principal. She didn't make it even through the entire year before being placed on paid leave, and then they turned around and created a new position just for her - in violation of their own rules! Surely that wouldn't be because she's a Latina, now would it?
They're so busy playing "politically correct" that teaching doesn't even enter into the equation - and frankly, most of these folks wouldn't recognize an equation if they saw one.