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Portland businesses, and the Portland Business Alliance, have a long history of supporting education. In 1905, before any conclusive data was published on the connection between education and economic health, the Portland Chamber of Commerce began awarding student scholarships. From that point on, the business community has continued to be a critical community partner, helping to fundraise and advocate for schools and steadfastly calling for adequate, stable and predictable funding.

Recent Education policy updates:

To view older policy updates than listed above, view the Education issue archive.

Portland Public Schools superintendent search

Given the challenges facing the district, the Alliance is urging the Portland Public School Board to prioritize strong management experience and systems thinking in its search for a new superintendent. In addition, the Alliance also recommended that the candidate have strong collaborative skills to work with the private sector on career technical education programs and a continued focus on closing the achievement gap for communities of color. Read the letter.
(February 2017)

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