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Bonamici Visits Six Schools in Columbia & Washington Counties, Talks Education Policy

March 19, 2014
Press Release

Beaverton, OR – Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici visited six schools in Columbia and Washington Counties today to talk about education policy and funding.

“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 what’s working in a classroom than talking with students, teachers, and administrators.”

Bonamici, who is a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, also visited two programs that help students make the transition from high school to higher education or the workforce.

“We need more innovative programs like Rainier Youth Transition and Forest Grove’s 4-H program to help prepare students for their future,” Bonamici said. “These programs offer students a network of support that they may not get anywhere else and we should do more to support them.”

Bonamici worked with the local labor, education, workforce, and business communities to introduce H.R. 954, the WISE Investment Act. The WISE Act is designed to help community colleges, apprenticeship training programs, and other institutions develop a curriculum and an action plan to close the local skills gap.

Tonight, Bonamici and several state lawmakers will gather for an education forum in Aloha to answer parents’ questions on a range of policy issues.


9:15 - 10 a.m. Clatskanie Elementary School: 815 S Nehalem St., Clatskanie, OR

10:20 - 11 a.m. Rainier School District Youth Transition Program: 28168 Old Rainier Road, Rainier, OR

11:20 - 12 p.m. St. Helens Middle School: 354 North 15th Street, St. Helens, OR  

12:15 - 1 p.m. Scappoose High School: 33589 SE High School Way, Scappoose, OR

1:45 - 2:30 p.m. Banks Elementary School: 42350 NW Trellis Ct, Banks, OR

3:15 - 4:15 p.m. Forest Grove High School (4-H afterschool program): 1401 Nichols Lane, Forest Grove, OR

7 - 8 p.m. Washington Cty Education Forum: Mt. View Middle School Library, 17500 SE Farmington Road, Aloha, OR