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National education reform leaders in Portland to discuss 21st century approaches

March 10, 2015

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Liza Dossick, 503.552.6772 or 

Portland, Ore. – The Portland Business Alliance and business and education groups are gathering community leaders and education activists to discuss how delivery of education is changing both in Oregon and nationwide. An event on March 12, “Equity and Innovation in Education: Building a New Model,” will feature two national education reform leaders who will talk about their work to bring innovative school models to their communities.  
“Improving access to education for all children is our best opportunity to create greater equity in our nation and improve quality of life for families,” said Oregon Representative Julie Parrish. “As we work toward improving student outcomes in Oregon, it’s important that we learn from others about what they have achieved.”
The event will call attention to innovative reforms that are being implemented in school districts across the nation, with a focus on independent schools. Patrick Dobard, superintendent of the Louisiana Recovery School District, will talk about his leadership over the nation’s first all-charter school district in a post Hurricane Katrina environment. Gloria Romero, a national education reform thought leader and former Senate Democratic Majority Leader, will discuss her advocacy around charter schools and work to pass the Parent Trigger Law in California, which allows majority of parents in a failing school to vote on a method for restructuring the school.
“Equity and Innovation in Education: Building a New Model” will take place on Thursday, March 12 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Oregon Zoo. The event is hosted by the Portland Business Alliance, Oregon Business Council, Building Excellent Schools Together, Black Parent Initiative, Associated Oregon Industries, Oregon Connections Academy Parent Association and Oregon League of Minority Voters.