On Jan. 20, Inauguration Day, I will join our current and past presidents, members of Congress, other government officials and people from across the country to witness the swearing-in of President-elect Trump at our nation's capital. I endorsed his opponent and actively worked against his candidacy. Since the election, I have denounced many of his appointments and called on him to end his offensive, hateful rhetoric. Its not surprising that some of my colleagues are boycotting the ritual, which is designed to honor one of the hallmarks of our democracy the peaceful transition of power.
Education standards in Oregon public schools arent up to where anyone would like them. The state sees too many dropouts, too many students reading or doing math below grade level, and too many students heading to college or community college unprepared for the rigors of higher education.