Readers respond: Invest in students, not factories

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Intel and other high-tech manufacturers are asking for $ 52 billion to upgrade their facilities (“Intel CEO arrives in Oregon, pushes billions to help his industry and his company”, December 5) They claim that “semiconductors are the brains behind the technology that permeates all interactions In fact, the real brain behind our technology belongs to humans. So why choke our best brain today? In fifty years, when these new factories are outdated and abandoned, the children in school today will still work. Congress, which is considering pouring $ 52 billion on These technology companies, allocated a paltry $ 13 million to talented and gifted students by 2020. A bill that supports access to advanced classes for millions of students is still pending.

Oregon has allocated $ 9.3 billion this year to the state school fund, but nothing specific to talented and gifted services. And the problem is far beyond the TAG. Oregon’s administrative rules state that counties must develop “student service programs that have… Exceeded all academic content standards.” About one in five Oregon students tested reached Level 4 – the top level – in math or language arts. Where are the services for them? Instead of “providing education… That supports academic growth beyond proficiency,” as our law requires, counties eliminate excellence rates and force students who are beyond their class levels to stay in slow programs that push all students into classrooms. Let’s take the brakes off and let all the kids learn.

Margaret Delicious, Portland



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