At the Oregon AFL-CIO’s biennial convention last
month, three awards were given to state legislators – and all three represent
districts in Clackamas County.
Our congratulations for these well deserved honors go to State Sen. Kathleen Taylor (SD21), named Legislator of the Year; State Rep. Rachel Prusak (HD37), named Rookie of the Year; and State Sen. Shemia Fagan (SD24), named Working Family Champion.
Kathleen Jeskey, co-founder of Oregon Save Our Schools
School safety is a prime concern always, but especially since the horrific shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, last month. The issue also underlines another striking difference in principles between the U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, and the nation’s leading teachers’ organizations. DeVos, who is heading a newly formed commission on school safety, has expressed her support for arming well trained school staff, including teachers.
But the National Education Association’s President, Lily Eskelsen García, roundly rejects the Trump-endorsed idea of arming teachers. “Bringing more guns into our schools does nothing to protect our students and educators from gun violence,” she said. “Our students need more books, art and music programs, nurses and school counselors; they do not need more guns in their classrooms.” Continue reading →