Senator Chip Shields, Representative Lew Frederick, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods say YES! on #26-146

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State Senator Chip Shields and State Representative Lew Frederick of North and Northeast Portland are joined by the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) in their endorsement of City of Portland Measure 26-146.

“When budget cuts force schools to focus on ‘the basics,’ the arts are, unfortunately, among the first programs to go,” explained Senator Shields and Representative Frederick in a recent message to constituents. “Elementary school kids in North and Northeast Portland, whose families are often unable to provide additional opportunities outside of school, are particularly vulnerable to growing up with gaps in their education brought about by lack of arts education.”

Senator Shields and Representative Frederick go on to say, “Research shows that students who receive an arts education have higher grade point averages, higher standardized test scores, higher graduation rates and better chances of attending college. And for low-income students at schools like Woodlawn, King, Boise-Elliott, Irvington, Sabin, Faubion, Sitton, Peninsula, Beach, Chief Joe and Ockley Green the benefits are even more striking.” cheap phentermine from canada “Low-income students who participate in arts classes are much more likely to attend and excel in college, obtain employment with a future, volunteer in their community and vote. Yet students in our elementary schools that have the highest rates of poverty are 50% less likely to have art or music classes.”

Feulgen cytometry buy phentermine london ferrous citrate Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) shares this concern and joins their State Representatives in support of Measure 26-146 as the solution.

NECN is a 501c3 nonprofit organization representing 12 neighborhoods in North/Northeast Portland and works to advance neighborhood livability through highly inclusive civic engagement. Recently the group established a Schools Committee to focus on improvements in education in North & Northeast Portland neighborhoods.

Join State Senator Chip Shields, State Representative Lew Frederick and the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) in Voting YES on #26-146 by 8pm next Tuesday, November 6th.

“The arts are part of our cultural legacy and the development of young minds. Every Portland resident deserves equitable access to Portland’s wealth of arts, culture and creativity. We need to win this. For our children and for our City.”

Polling against Portland’s future.

how to get real xanax online How Portland Voters Really Feel about Restoring Art, Music Education and Funding Arts in Portland

Over the last several weeks, we have been treated to some interesting survey results by KATU’s SurveyUSA poll and today, by The Oregonian’s Elway Research, Inc., poll. The problem with these published polls is that they are terribly flawed.

When SurveyUSA randomly called 508 Portlanders and asked them “On the Portland City Arts Tax ballot measure, are you certain to vote yes, certain to vote no or not certain?”  54% said that they were not certain. And how could they be without the proposed ballot measure language to consider?

On October 26-28, 408 more Portlanders were called and asked “There is a measure on the ballot that would assess each adult above the poverty level $35, would you/did you vote for the arts tax?” Once again, this is not a question that appears on the ballot, rendering the poll useless. buy zolpidem tartrate 10 mg Because both of these polls have been highlighted by the media as an accurate measurement of citizen interest in our proposal, we wanted to make sure that no one is misled.

Since April 2012, four public opinion surveys have been conducted by reputable polling firms who personally questioned 1,600+ registered voters who self identified as likely to vote in the upcoming election. In each poll, every community member surveyed was presented with ballot measure language that described both the cost and the benefit of a yes vote. phentermine oral buy online For two of the four surveys funded by advocates of the measure, the question was limited to the Ballot Title and Caption which appears on the Ballot: “Shall Portland restore arts, music for schools and fund arts through income tax of 35 dollars per year?

buy soma next day delivery In response to these four polls, 68% to 76% of Portland voters expressed support for this proposal.< But for the students of Portland's public schools and residents across the city, the results of these polls means nothing. It's November 6th that matters. If we win, nearly 70 elementary school arts teachers will be sustainably funded and schools, non-profits and arts organizations will have $4.4M in additional funding every year to invest in arts programs for school age children, underserved communities and arts access for every Portland resident. If we lose, at least 23 more elementary arts teachers will likely be cut - leaving 12,000 more students without any arts education. And the arts will remain out of reach for too many in Portland. The stakes are high. We need to win this. If you want to restore arts education to every elementary school student in Portland's public schools and bring the arts to life in every classroom and community across Portland, please Vote Yes on Measure 26-146. With this misleading information in the media, it is increasingly important for us to talk to voters and let them know the facts. Sign up today to volunteer in this last critical week of the campaign .

This is How We’ll Win on Measure #26-146

Our schools face many challenges. It is rare to have the chance to actually fix one of them, affordably and accountably. With one vote, we can do something great – for our schools, for our kids, and for our community.

But if we want to win this, we need to do more. And soon.
Join other Schools & Arts Together volunteers and supporters of the School Bond, Library District and statewide Corporate Kicker Reform as we all work together to Get Out The Vote on the last weekend before Election Day.

Volunteers will meet at Defend Oregon Campaign Office 404 SE 6th Ave, Portland, to pick up donuts, door hangers, and directions to your assigned Portland neighborhood. Together, you and a partner will head out to a walkable route of 50 homes in North, Northeast, and Southeast Portland neighborhoods. You’ll encourage voters to turn in their ballots and distribute a Democratic Voting Guide on State and Local Ballot Measures.

Help us reach 30,000 households to Get Out The Vote for Measure #26-146! 

Get more details and sign up:

1. Team One: Saturday, November 3rd at 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
2. Team Two: Sunday, November 4th at 10:00 AM – Noon
3. Or sign up for both, let’s win this!

Please share with friends, staff, and supporters of Measure #26-146!

Other ways to help us win on Measure #26-146: Follow us on Facebook and share our page with your family and friends, and donate $15, or whatever you can to help cover costs of the campaign. Thank you!

Portland’s Next Mayor Supports Measure 26-146!

Today’s issue of Willamette Week asks “One Question” of Portland Mayoral Candidates Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith.

“Portland voters will decide Nov. 6 whether to impose an annual $35 (income) tax on city residents (with exemptions for those living in poverty) to help fund more arts teachers in Portland Public Schools” and increase access to the arts citywide.

“[Willamette Week] asked the mayoral candidates how they will vote on the measure.”

State Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland) says we can count on his YES Vote. “Why?” says the mayoral candidate, “Because we should be investing in arts and arts education… The arts and the knowledge economy have a critical linkage.”

Charlie Hales found common ground with his mayoral opponent when he committed to a YES Vote as well. “We have to round the corner from the permanent emergency that we’re in in public schools…As voters and as leaders we’re given the opportunity to say ‘yea’ or ‘nay’ on it, and I say ‘yea.’ I believe in the agenda.”

We are more than happy to add two more YES Votes to our list of thousands and to share the endorsement(s) of Portland’s Next Mayor.

Ballots are due by 8pm on Tuesday, November 6th. Don’t forget to vote!

We are Proud of our City Club of Portland Endorsement!

“Measure 26-146 is a creative solution to a real problem”
-City Club of Portland Report, 10/19/12

City Club of Portland Says: YES! on Measure #26-146

On Friday October 19th, members of the City Club of Portland voted to endorse #26-146 on the recommendation of the committee that reviewed the ballot measure.

In their report on #26-146, the committee indicated that “both classroom arts instruction and community-based arts organizations are critical to the long-term success of our city. A strong arts program in our public schools is important in educating engaged citizens and a creative workforce. A vibrant arts community attracts highly skilled workers and innovative companies to our city.”

On arts education specifically, the committee reported that not only is arts education “important on an individual level and enhances a student’s success across subject areas,” but also that “arts education is necessary to ensure a strong creative leadership for future generations.”

“The need for additional funding of the arts and arts education is great and will have large long-term benefits for our children, our community, and our economy.”

We are proud of our City Club of Portland endorsement and thank them for their support!

Join Mayor Sam Adams in voting Yes on Measure 26-146

Portland Mayor Sam Adams

Dear Portlander,

Sometimes a modest but thoughtful effort can produce BIG results.
As we struggle to keep kids in school, research shows that students who receive an arts education have:

  • higher grades
  • better test scores
  • increase chance of attending college

And for low-income students, the benefits are even more striking.

Sadly, when it comes to basic arts education in Portland: due to budget cuts most students aren’t getting any.

In 2011, only 18% of Portland elementary schools provided art instruction compared to 83% nationally.

For the sake of our kids and our city’s future, we must change this. I am writing to you to urge you to vote yes on Measure 26-146.

Among a host of BIG results a yes vote on Measure 26-146 will:

  • fund or restore elementary arts teachers for all six Portland school districts to ensure that every one of Portland’s 35,000 elementary school students gets arts instruction every week.
  • Boost resources for schools, non-profits and artists like arts supplies, cultural programs and field trips for K-12 students and others citywide.
  • Provide tough oversight and accountability for the results we seek with Measure 26-146.

For $35 per year (those living at or below the poverty level will pay nothing) Portland will bridge the gap between the arts haves and have-nots.

Modest maybe but with BIG results: Join me in voting YES on Measure 26-146.

Portland Mercury: Vote YES! on Measure #26-146

We love the Portland Mercury Voting Cheat Sheet and we thank them for their endorsement of Measure 26-146.

Here’s how they make their case:

“Arts budgets are worth protecting in a special fund because theater, drawing, dance, and music are often the first sacrifices by schools and government when times get tough.”

“But they’re an integral part of this city, they attract employers who want healthy schools, and they should be integral to students’ education – even though there are no “arts” bubbles to fill in on the standardized tests that sadly dictate curriculums.”

The Mercury’s take on the huge gap between arts education opportunities in Portland compared with the national average mirrors ours. “Especially dismal” was their response to news that just 18 percent of Portland elementary schools have an art teacher compared with 83% nationally.

“If you support stable funding for Portland’s arts organizations and creating jobs for arts teachers in Portland’s schools, vote yes,” proclaims the Portland Mercury.

“We believe it’s worth 35 bucks a year,” they write. And so do we.

Vote YES on Measure 26-146!

Ballots arrive in mailboxes this week and Portlanders will have the opportunity to make an enormous impact on our children and our city. We urge you to Vote YES on Measure 26-146 to restore arts and music education to our schools and bring arts and creativity to life citywide.

Measure 26-146 will fully fund elementary arts teachers for all six Portland school districts to ensure that every Portland elementary school student receives weekly arts education. The measure will also provide approximately $1.6M to schools and non-profits to make arts supplies, arts programs and arts field trips freely available to K-12 students citywide.  And, fund teachers on special assignment to coordinate arts education opportunities for every K-12 student in Portland’s six school districts.

Finally, Measure 26-146 will increase access to the arts for every Portland resident by supporting non-profit arts organizations like ours that increase access to the arts in Portland’s classrooms and communities.

We believe every child deserves equal access to educational opportunities and studies show that access to arts education increases school attendance, performance in math and science, high school graduation rates and success in college.

As Portland Association of Teachers President Gwen Sullivan states, “Measure 26-146 is good for schools, good for kids, good for citizens and good for the city. And our kids are counting on it and us to come through.”

Please join us in strengthening our schools and our city by voting YES on Measure 26-146.  It’s about our kids and it’s about time.

Good for schools, good for kids, good for citizens and good for the city.

In a Letter to the Editor of the Willamette Week, Portland Association of Teachers President Gwen Sullivan urges Portlanders to vote yes on measure #26-146. (Published 10/17/2012; Vol. 38/50)


Portland’s embarrassing lack of arts and music education in our public schools puts our kids’ future at risk. Along with an amazing coalition of educators, parents, local business people, community leaders and citizens from throughout Portland, I believe Measure 26-146 is a powerful and creative solution that will help keep students engaged in school and on track to graduate.

Some have questioned if this proposal is really good for our schools. As a teacher, a PPS parent and the president of the Portland Association of Teachers, my answer is absolutely yes.

Measure 26-146 will fully fund elementary arts teachers for all six Portland school districts, ensuring that every Portland elementary school student gets arts education every week. It will make arts supplies, arts programs and arts field trips freely available to K-12 students citywide with approximately $1.6 million in grant funds to schools and nonprofits. And it will fund teachers on special assignment to coordinate arts education opportunities for every K-12 student.

Measure 26-146 provides critical new funding and resources that are desperately needed by our schools. It won’t require school districts to spend additional money on arts education at the expense of other vital programs or force schools to hire new teachers if they already offer weekly arts education.

Some have suggested 26-146 does not make a significant enough investment in arts education because nearly half of the funds will be administered by the Regional Arts and Culture Council. I believe this package is made stronger with RACC’s inclusion.

RACC’s funding of teachers on special assignment, art supplies, K-12 arts programs and arts field trips are essential components of this arts education package. The remaining 31 percent of the fund that RACC will invest in arts access is a vitally important investment for our city. It will further support arts education by funding organizations such as Children’s Healing Art Project, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Portland Youth Philharmonic, Young Audiences, Ethos Music Center, Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Northwest Children’s Theater, and Tears of Joy Theatre.

Some have suggested this measure would be hurtful to the low-income residents of our city. I couldn’t disagree more. And I am not alone.

I stand with Street Roots, perhaps the strongest voice for lower-income and marginalized people in our community, which has endorsed Measure 26-146: “For $35 per person we can fund not only public school programs but also programs generating community involvement among people who are social and economically marginalized.”

Every tax has its problems. But I believe one of the most important problems we face is the lack of arts and music education in our public schools—a hole in basic curriculum that limits educational opportunities for our children. Measure 26-146 is good for schools, good for kids, good for citizens and good for the city. And our kids are counting on it and us to come through.

Please join me in voting yes for Measure 26-146.

Gwen Sullivan, Portland Public Schools teacher
President, Portland Association of Teachers

So Proud of Our Street Roots Endorsement!

Perhaps the strongest voice for lower income and marginalized people in our community, we are so proud to have Street Roots’ endorsement of Measure 26-146.

Street Roots creates income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty by producing a newspaper and other media that are catalysts for individual and social change.

Their analysis: “Art is everywhere in Portland. It’s at the core of our city’s personality. But in our core institutions, particularly for children and the poor, art is either nonexistent or out of financial and social reach. The benefits of arts training – on math skills, cognitive processing and simply our joie de vie – are well documented. For $35 per person, we can fund not only public school programs but also programs generating community involvement among people who are social and economically marginalized.”