Gaggle Partners with Clayton County Public Schools to Manage Student Safety on School-Provided Technology and Collaboration Platforms
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (Feb. 12, 2020) – Gaggle, the pioneer in helping K-12 districts manage student safety on school-provided technology, today announced that Georgia’s fifth-largest school district is implementing its student safety technology. Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS) in Jonesboro, Ga., is comprised of 37 elementary, 14 middle, and 11 high schools, and will use the technology to protect its students and ensure their safety and well-being in digital learning spaces.
Since 1999, Gaggle has helped districts across the country protect students, avoid tragedies, save lives and protect against district liability by monitoring digital spaces and responding to safety issues and threats. The Gaggle safety solution uses a robust combination of both artificial intelligence and trained safety experts to provide real-time analysis and review of students’ use of online collaboration platforms, such as Google’s G Suite for Education, Microsoft Office 365 and Canvas while proactively identifying and supporting students who are personally struggling; and creating a safer school environment by building a culture for improved digital citizenship.
“Here in Clayton County – we are committed to meeting the physical, emotional, and social needs of our 54,000 students. Each and every student needs all of the academic guidance that we can provide, but they also need a high level of support to ensure that they are okay mentally, emotionally, and socially and with the addition of Gaggle, we now have an additional resource to assist with keeping our students safe,” said Rod Smith, chief of technology at CCPS.
Gaggle proactively assists districts 24/7 in the prevention of harmful situations. An in-house team of trained safety professionals with backgrounds in law enforcement, psychology, social work, suicide prevention and crisis management evaluate flagged content for false positives, categorizes incidents and determines their severity. The team then alerts district personnel to policy violations, inappropriate content, critical mental health issues and imminent danger to students. Over the past 20 years, Gaggle has scanned more than 13 billion pieces of student content, flagging over 151 million items for review by its team of safety experts who look for signs of self-harm and depression, thoughts of suicide, substance abuse, cyberbullying and credible threats of violence against others.
“We live in an era where K-12 districts can’t just think about the physical security of their students and staff; they also have to worry about all aspects of security,” said Gaggle CEO, Jeff Patterson. “We applaud Clayton County schools in choosing to proactively take action to protect their students from harming themselves or others—before a disaster happens.”
Since 1999, Gaggle has been the leader in helping K-12 districts manage student safety on school-provided technology. Using a robust combination of both artificial intelligence and trained safety experts, the safety solution proactively assists districts 24/7/365 in the prevention of student suicide, bullying, inappropriate behaviors, school violence, and other harmful situations. Most importantly, Gaggle continues to help hundreds of districts avoid tragedies and save lives, while also protecting their liability. In the 2018-19 academic year, Gaggle has helped districts save the lives of more than 700 students who were planning or actually attempting suicide. For more information, visit www.gaggle.net and follow Gaggle on Twitter at @Gaggle_K12.
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Upcoming Webinar: The Rise in Behavioral and Mental Health Needs Among Students
Dr. Isaiah Pickens partners with PresenceLearning to share strategies schools can use to support students’ mental health and behavioral needs during free webinar on March 5th
NEW YORK, February 11, 2020 – PresenceLearning, Inc., the leading provider of live online special education-related services to K-12 schools, relaunches its acclaimed webinar series with clinical psychologist and industry leader Dr. Isaiah Pickens who will provide practical advice and effective strategies for schools as they look to support the mental health and behavioral needs of students. The free webinar, “The Rise of Behavioral and Mental Health Needs Among Students,” takes place on Thursday, March 5 at 2 pm ET/11 am PT.
“Educating the whole child is an important, but often challenging, endeavor for schools,” said Dr. Pickens. “For students to truly be successful, it is important that schools support the mental well-being in addition to the academic needs of students. The upcoming webinar with PresenceLearning will delve into this timely topic and provide educators and administrators with valuable strategies related to mental health services that they can implement in their own schools.”
In this webinar, Dr. Pickens will outline a framework for supporting school-based mental health services. He’ll discuss how schools can use targeted approaches, implementation science, and effective strategic planning to address the social and emotional learning needs of their students with the goal of helping school and district leaders reconcile what they want to do for students with what they can do.
“We’ve heard loud and clear from our school partners that they care deeply about supporting the mental health and wellness of their students, and that they need practical, actionable advice on how to create programs and services that will have an impact. Dr. Pickens is a leader in his space and we found his perspective so valuable that we are excited to share it in this forum,” said PresenceLearning CEO Kate Eberle Walker.
To attend the upcoming webinar, register now.
About Dr. Isaiah Pickens
Dr. Pickens is a licensed clinical psychologist, an avid speaker, and the founder of iOpening Enterprises, a mental health and wellness education company that helps schools adapt classroom practices that ensure trauma-informed approaches are employed for all students. His evidence-informed programs and trainings are specifically designed to translate the science of mental health and wellness into practical tools for educators. Dr. Pickens received the Early Career Achievement Award by the American Psychological Association and the Black Enterprise BE Modern Man Award for his contributions to the field of psychology.
PresenceLearning, Inc. is the leading provider of live online special education-related services to K-12 schools. The company connects speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and behavioral and mental health professionals with students through its proprietary online platform, and has delivered more than 2 million teletherapy sessions at hundreds of K-12 schools and districts across the U.S. through its network of nearly 1,000 certified clinicians. Investors in the company include Catalyst Investors, Catamount Ventures, Birchmere Ventures, New Markets Venture Partners, and Blue Heron Capital. For more information, visit https://www.presencelearning.com.
Conscious Discipline Announces Two-Day Workshop on Social and Emotional Learning for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Workshop for educators, school counselors, school psychologists and social workers to take place February 29-March 1 in Orlando, Fla.
ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 10, 2020) – Leading social and emotional learning (SEL) provider Conscious Discipline will host a two-day workshop in Orlando, Fla. on February 29-March 1. The workshop, titled Conscious Discipline (SEL) for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), will feature Conscious Discipline founder and SEL pioneer Dr. Becky Bailey, Conscious Discipline Master Instructor Kim Jackson, and The Autism Project’s Director of Programs Cheryl Cotter, who is also a Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor.
Conscious Discipline is a trauma-responsive, comprehensive social and emotional learning (SEL) provider that combines evidence-based practices in SEL, school climate, classroom management and self-regulation. The Autism Project is a collaboration of parents, professionals and community members who provide quality resources and education to children with ASD, their families and other adults who work with them.
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Massachusetts’ North Middlesex Regional School District Launches New Partnership with Discovery Education Supporting the Inquiry Approach to Social Studies Instruction
District Teachers and Students in Grades 6-8 to Receive Access to New Digital Curriculum Providing Rigorous, Relevant, and Engaging Social Studies Resources
Silver Spring, Md. (February 10, 2020) – Massachusetts’ North Middlesex Regional School District today announced the launch of a new partnership with Discovery Education– the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through this new partnership, 6-8 grade Social Studies educators across the district are now empowered with a rigorous, relevant, and engaging digital Social Studies curriculum they can use to create learning environments that mirror students’ use of technology outside the classroom.
The North Middlesex Regional School District covers approximately 80 square miles on the New Hampshire/Massachusetts border and serves 3,100 students from the Massachusetts towns of Ashby, Pepperell, and Townsend. To support efforts to create learning environments that support an inquiry-based approach to Social Studies instruction and feature lessons aligned to the 2018 Massachusetts History and Social Studies Framework, North Middlesex Regional School District educators in grades 6-8 are integrating the award-winning Social Studies Techbook into classroom instruction.
Used by more than 9.5 million students worldwide during the 2018-2019 school year,Discovery Education’s Techbooks are fully interactive, comprehensive digital curriculums. Updated regularly at no additional cost, Discovery Education’s Techbooks include detailed lesson plans, hands-on activities, digital simulations, and robust teacher supports that immerse students in inquiry-driven instruction.
Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook utilizes an inquiry-based instructional approach that emphasizes informational text literacy, analytical writing, and problem-solving skills that students will apply in the classroom and beyond. Each subject area includes primary source documents and activities, digital investigations, multimedia reference library, interactive maps, and more.
“Providing all students access to a consistent, rigorous curriculum is one of the key objectives of our district’s Strategic Plan,” said Nancy Milligan, North Middlesex Regional School District Assistant Superintendent. “Our new Social Studies Techbooks not only supports this goal and our effort to implement the inquiry-based approach to Social Studies instruction we believe our students need, it also encourages students’ civic engagement and provides opportunities for the development of critical-thinking skills. We are looking forward to continuing to find new ways to integrate this exciting resource into classroom instruction.”
Educators will also be supported in their efforts to create digital learning environments by the Discovery Education Community. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration.
“Discovery Education is incredibly excited to launch this new partnership,” said John David Son, Discovery Education’s Senior Manager of Education Partnerships. “Massachusetts’ school systems are part of a nationwide movement to create dynamic digital Social Studies lessons that engage students and prepare them for civic life, and we are eager to continue our work with the talented team in this dynamic school system.”
For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.
About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.DiscoveryEducation.com.
7 Mindsets Announces Publication of Ridiculously Amazing Schools
The new book, written by an acclaimed principal and the co-creator of 7 Mindsets, provides proven tools and best practices to help educators implement social-emotional learning
(Roswell, GA) January 22, 2020 —7 Mindsets, the national leader in mindsets-based social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum and activities, has announced the publication of Ridiculously Amazing Schools: Creating a Culture Where Everyone Thrives. The new book is co-authored by Tracey Smith, the principal of Brookwood (GA) Elementary School, and Jeff Waller, 7 Mindsets’ co-creator and vice president of educational services.
The book draws from Smith and Waller’s own experiences in education, along with years of researching, interviewing, and observing fellow educators. The central message is that it takes the “whole” teacher to teach the “whole” child. The key to a thriving school culture is the manner in which the adult educators in the building relate to each other, support one another, and hold each other accountable to the benefit of everyone, including the students they teach.
“I wanted to create the book I wish I had on my first day of teaching,” said Smith. “Ridiculously Amazing Schools would have helped me become the educator I wanted to be much sooner.”
Waller added, “Tracey is an inspirational leader. The title of the book comes from her rallying cry for her teachers: ‘Make today ridiculously amazing!’ Together, we’ve written a book that gives administrators the tools they need to benefit from the 7 Mindsets mission of empowering students and teachers through mindsets-based social-emotional learning.”
Ridiculously Amazing Schools examines how educators can build courageous relationships within their schools by fostering feelings of trust, significance, and belonging. Inspiring these feelings depends on five elements: belief, clarity, nurture, conflict, and play. To help educators implement the five elements leading to courageous relationships, the book includes:
- An assessment tool for readers to see how their school currently applies a given element and where they have room for improvement;
- Real-world stories from teachers and schools around the country exhibiting these elements;
- Discussion of why each element is difficult to bring into a school and why it matters for a school;
- A companion guide that provides a framework for readers to pull ideas into a plan based on what they’ve read; and
- Proven practices for each element to give readers ways they can begin incorporating an element into their school.
About 7 Mindsets
Combining elements of relationship-based teaching and social-emotional learning, 7 Mindsets provides a framework that distills extensive research on the nature of happiness and success into tools, lessons, and training that provide a new language and operating system for schools and classrooms. With complete courses of flexible, age-appropriate online curriculum for elementary, middle, high and virtual schools, 7 Mindsets is an easy-to-implement, proven, and transformational program that has been established in schools across the U.S. and internationally. For more information, please visit 7Mindsets.com.
EDspaces 2020 Scholarships Available for Education Administrators Focused on Student Success
(Silver Spring, MD) — Key decision makers at schools, colleges and universities involved in the design, build, management or renovation of an educational facility are invited to apply for a scholarship to attend EDspaces 2020, November 11-13 in Charlotte, NC.
Now in its tenth year, the EDspaces Scholarship Program funds registration and hotel accommodations for facility planners, superintendents, purchasing officers, curriculum developers, and related staff employed by schools, districts, colleges and universities. The program assists school and college officials in making more effective decisions for their ongoing and future facility construction or renovation projects and to take part in the discussion on the impact of technology, pedagogy and space on student learning.
“EDspaces afforded me the opportunity to get my CEUs, see products and meet the people behind them,” says Leslie Hannah, NCIDQ, IDA, LEED AP Interior Designer of Campus Architecture at the University of Calgary. “All of this will help me make a difference in future student outcomes.”
Last year, 155 scholarship recipients had bonds and plans for nearly $10 billion in renovation and construction projects for 2019–2021. The program provided key decision makers from 128 universities, community colleges and schools/districts with high-quality education, tours and networking crucial to their professional development.
The EDspaces Scholarship Program is a competitive application process. Eligibly is determined upon completion and submission of an application online. Applications provide information about planned renovation, re-purposed spaces, or construction projects. Scholarship applications are evaluated based on the projected number and value of potential building projects and additional eligibility criteria. Completed applications are due by April 30, 2020.
The global education community planning, designing, and managing innovative learning environments gathers annually at EDspaces, where learning comes to life through the convergence of space, technology and pedagogy. www.ed-spaces.com
Epson Education Market Leadership Recognized with Six Distinguished Awards
Campus Technology, Spaces4Learning and Tech & Learning Grant Epson Education Solutions Top Honors in Award Programs
AUSTIN, Tex. (TCEA 2020, Epson Booth #1617) – Feb. 3, 2020 – Epson, the number-one projector manufacturer in the world,1 today announced it won an impressive six high-profile education awards – a testament to the outstanding quality and performance its products offer to the K-12 and higher education markets. From laser displays to document cameras offering amazing image quality, the award-winning solutions, along with Epson’s extensive K-12 and higher education technology line-up, will be showcased at the TCEA Convention & Exposition Feb. 3-7, 2020 in Austin, Texas at the Epson booth #1617.
“For more than 25 years Epson has established itself as a trusted education partner with over 10 million students a day learning on Epson solutions. These awards validate our efforts in providing quality products that meet the needs of K-12 and higher education institutions throughout the country,” said Jason Meyer, group product manager, Projectors, Epson America, Inc. “We’re thrilled to be recognized by these respected education publications and their readers for our display technology and document cameras, designed to engage and inspire every student.”
More About Epson’s Award Wins:
- Campus Technology 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards: Epson was named a Platinum winner – the highest honor – in the “projectors” category, and a Gold winner in the “document cameras” category and the “interactive whiteboards, displays, flat panels and kiosks” category. The awards program recognizes the year’s best technology in use at higher education institutions and winners are selected by public voting. Since Campus Technology first launched the program in 2015, Epson has earned an impressive 10 Readers’ Choice awards – five platinum, four gold and one silver.
- 2019 Spaces4Learning New Product Awards: The Epson BrightLink® 1485Fi interactive laser display won platinum in the “K-12 AV equipment” category and the Pro L10-Series interchangeable-lens laser projectors won platinum in the “higher ed AV equipment” category. Platinum is the highest honor a product can receive.
- 2019 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence: The BrightLink interactive display was named a winner for “best use of a product in a classroom.” The awards program recognizes stand-out products that are improving the way educators work and students learn, honoring products that are both unique in the K-12 market and those that are helping schools solve specific problems.
Epson’s award-winning education solutions are designed to empower teachers to rise above today’s digital distractions and deliver interactive and creative learning environments with super-flexible, low-maintenance and budget-conscious technology. Specifically designed for education, Epson laser displays deliver big, bright, immersive learning experiences to engage and inspire every student in the room – without compromising whiteboard space. Epson’s high-definition document cameras offer both affordability and superior feature sets with brilliant image quality and advanced zoom capabilities. Epson’s advanced presentation display and projector technologies make bright, collaborative learning environments a reality.
As a leader in innovation and partnership, Epson also offers the Brighter Futures® program, a unique sales and support initiative available specifically for schools. Designed to help educators select and implement the best products for their classrooms while making the most of their budgets, Brighter Futures offers special pricing, extended Epson limited warranty coverage for a total of three years, dedicated education account managers, and toll-free technical support for all Epson projectors and associated accessories.
Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to becoming indispensable to society by connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. The company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics, and is underpinned by original microdevices. Epson is proud of its contributions to realizing a sustainable society and its ongoing efforts to realizing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the worldwide Epson Group generates annual sales of more than U.S. $10 billion.
Epson America, Inc., based in Long Beach, Calif., is Epson’s regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: epson.com. You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (facebook.com/Epson), Twitter (twitter.com/EpsonAmerica), YouTube (youtube.com/EpsonAmerica), and Instagram (instagram.com/EpsonAmerica).
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1 Epson is the #1 projector brand worldwide and in the U.S. according to most recent quarterly data from PMA, a leading high-tech market research and publishing firm specializing in the display market.
EPSON is a registered trademark, EPSON Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark of Seiko Epson Corporation. Brighter Futures and BrightLink is a registered trademark of Epson America, Inc. All other product and brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks. Copyright 2020 Epson America, Inc.
Edlio Partners with Livingtree to Expand its Family Engagement Tools
The result of the partnership, Edlio Engage, will enable families to engage with schools in a way that has a proven track record of improving academic outcomes
(Los Angeles, CA) Jan. 20, 2020 —Edlio, the school communications leader trusted by more than
15,000 schools worldwide, has partnered with Livingtree to add a family engagement solution, currently
available to Edlio clients, to its suite of tools connecting schools with communities.
For nearly two decades, Edlio has been focused on making it easy for educators to connect with families
through beautiful, modern websites and streamlined payment tools. With the addition of Edlio Engage
powered by Livingtree, Edlio is a one-stop shop for schools and districts looking to strengthen
relationships with their communities.
“We often hear from school and district administrators how challenging it can be to unify and streamline
teacher and parent connections,” said Edlio’s CEO, Ali Arsan. “With more than 40 million engagements,
Livingtree has a proven record of meeting that challenge in a way that perfectly complements our mission
As a result of the partnership, Edlio Engage will offer two-way conversations, enabling families to engage
with schools in a way that has a proven track record of improving academic outcomes. Other features of
Edlio Engage include:
Translation into more than 100
FES (Family Efficacy Score);
Photo, video, and file sharing;
Email and mobile push
School engagement reports;
District-wide engagement reports;
District-level visibility and access;
Family engagement and platform
“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Edlio to expand the reach of our family engagement tools,”
said Gary Hensley, Livingtree’s CEO. “We’re always eager to bring educators closer to families, and to
be able to accomplish that through partnership with an organization that shares our vision of providing
better educational outcomes by powering easy, effective platforms to connect school and home is a
For 19 years, Edlio has been providing K–12 educators easy, effective technology to connect their
communities. Edlio Websites make managing a beautiful online presence easy while also offering direct
messaging. Edlio Pay collects and manages online payments and donations with robust financial
reporting. And Edlio Engage simplifies true family engagement with two-way interaction between school
and home. To learn more, please visit Edlio.com.
Founded in 2012, Livingtree’s mission is to improve the learning lives of students so they can succeed
beyond the classroom. Through its family engagement platform Livingtree Engage and its fundraising
platform Livingtree Give, Livingtree aims to serve and connect school communities. The Livingtree
Engage platform has been recognized by EdTech Digest as an Award Finalist for the 2019
Communication Solution, the 2018 Administrative Solution and Communication Solution, and the 2017
Parent/Student Solution. Livingtree was also recognized for its work by the Stevie® Awards as the 2016
Gold Community Involvement Program of the Year and 2016 Silver Smartphone App of the Year. To
learn more, please visit Livingtree.com.
Open source curriculum and training materials will empower educators and students to study climate change throughout Portland Public Schools and beyond
PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Portland General Electric Company (NYSE: POR) today announced a partnership with Portland Public Schools (PPS) to accelerate the creation of a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive K-12 curriculum that explores the causes and consequences of climate change, as well as potential solutions.
This partnership is a direct response to student advocacy. In 2016, local students and climate justice advocates reached out to the Portland Public Schools Board of Education to ask for comprehensive climate literacy including understanding the root causes of climate change and potential solutions to address its effects. Since then, a board resolution was passed and both community and district efforts have taken place to create curriculum and hire a new — and first in country — programs manager for climate change and climate justice.
The partnership and PGE’s three-year $250,000 investment to The Fund for Portland Public Schools allows PPS to do even more innovative work and aims to give PPS students, and others, access to cutting-edge educational experiences by providing students opportunities for authentic civic engagement.
“This is the first major investment to The Fund for PPS,” said Victoria Lara, board chair for The Fund for PPS. “What a great example of investing directly into a program that is so student centered and important to our community.”
Once developed, the curriculum, training materials and best practices will be open source, meaning all the resources will be publicly available for other districts to implement and tailor for their schools.
“With the growing global concern regarding climate change, PPS is taking an innovative approach and bold stance to support educators and students by developing relevant climate justice curriculum and activities” said Guadalupe Guerrero, superintendent of PPS. “Making this curriculum easily accessible, will help bolster our efforts in both curriculum development and with supporting our youth’s growing understanding and advocacy on this important topic.”
In addition to funding, PGE employees will participate as content experts, co-creating supplemental classroom materials and project-based learning opportunities that will help students understand the important role of clean energy in reducing carbon and fighting climate change. PPS and a group of students, educators, frontline community members, government organizations, community organizations, and industry leaders will convene to inform the curriculum development.
“It is essential that we work together, forging public and private partnerships to combat climate change and meet Oregon’s clean energy goals,” said Maria Pope, PGE president and CEO. “Our partnership with Portland Public Schools enables direct engagement with students and teachers that will explore real-world climate problems and innovative solutions.”
The full implementation of the K-12 social studies and science curriculum will launch in PPS schools in Fall 2021. For more information, visit pps.net/climatejustice.
About Portland General Electric Company: Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon, with operations across the state. The company serves approximately 892,000 customers in 51 cities, has 16 generation plants in five Oregon counties, and maintains and operates 13 public parks and recreation areas. For 130 years, PGE has delivered safe, affordable and reliable energy to Oregonians. Together with its customers, PGE has the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S. PGE and its 3,000 employees are working with customers to build a clean energy future. PGE, employees, retirees and the PGE Foundation donate more than $4 million annually to support nonprofits and schools. In addition, employees and retirees log more than 45,000 volunteer hours annually. For more information visit http://bit.ly/PGEPPS2020.
About Portland Public Schools: Portland Public Schools, founded in 1851, is a PK-12 urban school district in Portland, Oregon. With more than 49,000 students in 81 schools, it is one of the largest school districts in the Pacific Northwest.
With highly trained teachers and staff; an engaged parent community; strong partnerships, and a focus on closing the racial educational achievement gap, PPS has seen significant gains its graduation rate and has enjoyed steady enrollment growth.
Thanks to the state Legislature, school funding is improving and thanks to Portland voters, a PPS School Building Improvement Bond is now fueling the modernization of our aging school buildings for 21st century learning. Learn more at www.pps.net.
Source: Portland General Company