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Portland Business Alliance board of directors endorses Measure 98

CTE/college prep programs cited as key to a healthy workforce

Portland, Ore. – This week, the Portland Business Alliance board of directors announced its endorsement of Measure 98, which will appear on the November 2016 ballot. Sponsored by Stand for Children, the proposal would establish a High School Graduation and College and Career Readiness Fund in the state legislature’s general fund.

“Not only do more high school students in Oregon need to stay in school and graduate, they need to have the right skills for jobs of the future, whether that be in the tech-oriented trades or through a college degree,” said Sandra McDonough, president and CEO of the Portland Business Alliance. “Measure 98 focuses on proven models that ensure more kids stay engaged and have every opportunity to be successful. At the same time, many employers in our region have good, family-wage jobs to offer, and they need a skilled workforce. This measure is a win for everyone”

Alliance board endorsements are based on a process that includes interviews conducted by its endorsement committee, followed by a vote by the full board. Two-thirds of the board members present must agree before an endorsement is made. The Alliance’s complete candidate and initiative endorsement page can be found online: HERE.
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