Joint Interim Committee on Student Success stops in East County on statewide fact-finding mission

OUTLOOK PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Rep. Barbara Smith Warner (D-Portland, District 45) and co-chair of the Student Success Committee, Sen. Lew Frederick (D-Portland, District 22) and Hogan Cedars Principal Elaine Luckenbaugh seated at a table at Hogan Cedars, listen to a presentation about special education services.  Oregon state legislators toured schools in the Gresham-Barlow and Reynolds school districts as part of a statewide fact-finding effort geared to the goal of improving education in Oregon.

The 14-member Joint Interim Committee on Student Success has been hopping around the state looking at what is working in the state's public schools and what needs to be improved.

Since the first of the year, the group has held hearings and visited schools around the state including those in Baker City, Woodburn and Medford. The committee has held eight public hearings, 10 student listening sessions and toured 37 schools and programs in 25 cities.

On Thursday, Sept. 27, as part of a Multnomah County tour, the committee visited Hogan Cedars Elementary School and Springwater Trail High School in the Gresham-Barlow district and Reynolds Middle School and other Multnomah County schools.

At Hogan Cedars the committee members discussed special education services with district administrators and Principal Elaine Luckenbaugh.

At Reynolds Middle, the group heard about discipline strategies for students, among other topics.

Late Thursday afternoon the committee moved on to Madison High School on Northeast 82nd Street in Portland for a roundtable discussion with superintendents and other educational leaders followed by a public forum.

Oregon has one of the lowest graduation rates in the country and the latest standardized test scores showed no improvement.

The Legislature created the special committee to develop a plan to improve student achievement, including a budget proposal that ensures every student in Oregon, regardless of where they go to school, will have the opportunity to be successful.

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