I took part in the Advanced Scholar Program at Franklin High School, and I can say it definitely gave me more incentive to attend college ["Starting a College Stampede," WW, Jan. 29, 2014].
The counseling sessions really helped demystify the intimidating factors of applying for college, such as figuring out financial aid, and the mentors were extremely invested in student success.
If it is a goal to get high-school students interested in attending college, then programs like these deserve all the funding they can get, and perhaps more important, the individuals involved with mentoring and nurturing these future college students deserve recognition for their "above and beyond" effort.
I am currently studying electrical engineering in my third year at Oregon State University, and I would definitely say this program helped me get where I am today. Again, this program and its participants deserve funding and recognition.
I graduated from Franklin High School in 2009, a time when the Advanced Scholar Program was in its beginning stages. Back then, Franklin was just getting out of its reputation as a "ghetto school."
But since then, the achievements made by Susan Anglada Bartley and the administration have made me even more proud to be a Quaker. With these types of programs and the intense perseverance of the staff, they have created a space where students can really envision themselves in college; where it is a much less intimidating, and a more fun, enlightening place.
CONTROVERSY IN CITY HALL
At first blush, it looks like Gail Shibley was trying to make sure her staffer wasn't misusing the transit pass, but wasn't sensitive to issues of disability ["More Harassment in City Hall?," WW, Jan. 29, 2014].
So I would say there's still a lot of education about disability to be had out there.
In a recent story ("Busting the Boundary, WW, Jan. 22, 2014), Rep. John Davis (R-Wilsonville) said he got involved in the debate about Metro's 2011 urban-growth boundary decisions at the behest of the Beaverton School District, which wants to build a new high school.
The Beaverton School Board says it was not involved in the drafting of Davis' bill related to Metro's land-use actions, and has no position on the measure. The Metro code permits Beaverton to proceed with building a new high school in any case.
Last week's news story "More Harassment at City Hall?" misspelled the first name of Rachael Wiggins, a staffer for Mayor Charlie Hales. WW regrets the error.
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