Bonamici visits schools, talks policy
Banks, Forest Grove are stops along Congresswoman's route
Three stops in Washington County were among six on U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamicis agenda last Wednesday, March 19, when she blazed a day-long trail talking about education policy and funding.
After visits to Clatskanie, Rainier, St. Helens and Scappoose in Columbia County that morning, Bonamici who represents Oregons 1st Congressional District spent part of her afternoon at Banks Elementary School and Forest Grove High School, where she talked with students in the 4-H after-school program.
This was a great opportunity for me to see first-hand how education policy is working in the classroom, Bonamici said. There has been a lot of discussion about curriculum, assessment and education reform, but there is no better way to understand whats working in a classroom than talking with students, teachers and administrators.
Bonamici, a member of the House Education Committee and the Workforce Committee in Washington, D.C., also visited a pair of programs that help students make the transition from high school to higher education or the work world.
We need more innovative programs like Forest Groves 4-H program to help prepare students for their futures, said Bonamici. These programs offer students a network of support they may not get anywhere else.
Later the same evening, Bonamici participated in a Washington County Education Forum at Mountain View Middle School in Aloha.Add a comment