WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
A strong public education system is essential to the individual and collective well-being of our region and its people. At their best, public schools aid in the development of an informed and engaged citizenry, which allows democracy to function and flourish. Parents in Oregon and Washington can choose to educate their children at public schools, at private schools, or through home schooling. When parents decide to send their children to public schools, this is an indicator of confidence in the local public school system and in the ability of that system to meet the educational needs of the population it serves.[i]
[i] L. Darling-Hammond, “Recruiting teachers for the 21st century: The foundation for educational equity,” Journal of Negro Education 68, no. 254 (2000): 279.