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Andrew (Andy) Saultz is running for the Oregon State Legislature in District 33 (Northwest Portland).
I am pleased to endorse his candidacy.
The legislature will be fortunate to have Andy Saultz, an experienced and knowledgeable educator, among its members.
Education is the most important of every state’s responsibilities. Nothing matters more than making sure that the children and young people of every state are prepared to take their place as responsible and thoughtful citizens.
Andy has been a teacher and a scholar of education.
I asked Andy to spell out his vision for education and he sent this statement:
Education is a right for every child regardless of race, gender, class, ability, sexual orientation, or religion.
Education is fundamental in a democracy.
That workers should have the freedom to collective bargain, to form unions, to have safe workplaces, and to have sustainable working conditions.
Our schools should be racially and socio-economically integrated. Segregated communities led to segregated schools, which is bad for kids and for society. Richard Rothstein’s work has shaped my understanding of the relationship between housing and educational policy.
Our school system was established to socially reproduce society. Jean Anyon and others have shaped my views on the hidden curriculum and how different social classes are treated in our schools.
We have to actively work against racism, classism, xenophobia and white supremacy in our schools and social structures.
All children deserve access to the arts, PE, recess, social studies, and science.
What I believe
I believe in public education. That education is a public good. That a diverse, liberal arts education creates well rounded citizens.
I believe that we know what ‘works’ in education. We need high quality teachers, with manageable class sizes, schedules, and pay.
I believe we need a system that trusts teachers and listen to them.
I believe we need to elect people with classroom experience.
I believe teaching is really challenging, and cannot be taught in a six week course.
I believe in community centered schools that engage families and center the lives of students.
I believe in John Dewey’s approach that centers students.
I believe in union workers. I oppose the privatization of bus drivers, custodians, food workers, or any other workers. I am proud to have voted against privatization as a school board member.
I believe that all workers deserve quality health benefits and a retirement system that rewards public service.
What I hope to accomplish
Increase the number and percentage of teachers of color
Increase the number and percentage of principals of color
Improve special education funding and the SPED system overall.
Better serve the ELL community
Improve teacher pay
Transform teacher professional development to give teachers autonomy over what they need
Lengthen the school year (Oregon currently has the shortest school year in the country). This negatively impacts students in poverty.
Expand before and after school options, particularly in communities of color and low income neighborhoods
Expand computer science in k-12 schools. These courses are disproportionately offered in high income, white neighborhoods.
Invest in public higher education to combat the student debt crisis.
Increase the number of mental health professionals in schools.
Reform our state revenue system to increase revenue through a more progressive taxation system.
His vision is just right for the young people of Oregon.
I am happy to endorse his candidacy and wish him the best of luck.