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Why I’m running for the School Board for Portland Public Schools

Before letting you know why I'm running, I want to thank everyone who has endorsed me, including the Portland Association of Teachers, the Portland Federation of School Professionals (our terrific classified staff at PPS), Stand for Children and the Northwest Oregon Labor Council. I'm backed by the people in the trenches, working with kids every day--along with the skilled workers rebuilding our schools. And thanks to Willamette Week for their endorsement as well!

Why I'm running: It’s all about the kids.

Every school day, in classrooms across the district, you can find wonderful things happening in Portland Public Schools. Every day a couple of thousand dedicated employees pour their hearts out for our students. It’s hard work.

At the same time, our district lets down too many kids and families, especially those students who we historically have not served well—children of color, children from low-income families, children who are just beginning to learn English, children who qualify for special education services. We can do better.

For almost 20 years, I have volunteered as a school activist, working for changes at the district level that improve education for all of our students, especially those who have been historically underserved in our schools. I have served on committees, knocked on doors, led workshops, made presentations, phone-banked, led research initiatives and organized community-based interventions to push for positive change.

Posted Feb. 08, 2017.
Meet Scott Bailey

Scott grew up in Northeast Portland, in the same neighborhood where he now lives. He graduated from Grant High School, and went on to Oregon State, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies, with honors. For almost 20 years, Scott has volunteered as a school activist, working for changes at the district level that improve education for all students, especially those who have been historically underserved in our schools. He has served on committees, knocked on doors, led workshops, made presentations, phone-banked, led research initiatives and organized community-based interventions to push for positive change. Learn more about Scott.

Scott has the experience, skills and temperament to help lead this school district into doing great things for all kids. Find out why he's running for School Board.