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Superintendent Releases Remarks on District’s Commitment to Inclusiveness

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Superintendent Releases Remarks on District’s Commitment to Inclusiveness
Posted on 08/05/2016
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Portland Public Schools Superintendent Xavier Botana today released the following statement:

“On behalf of the Portland Public Schools, I would like to speak out about our commitment to inclusiveness for all of our students and their families as we build a strong and vibrant learning community.  Our diverse students are one of our many assets. We are a better school system because of our diversity.  Our students benefit from learning side by side and are enriched every day by understanding how different backgrounds and perspectives make us a stronger and better community. 

Our Somali students and their families are a shining example of this strength. As our largest and one of our oldest language communities, we have seen tremendous success stories in our classrooms, academic activities and athletic venues.  We have outstanding staff of Somali origin and they are contributing every day to making the Portland Public Schools a wonderful place to learn and work. We are proud of all of their contributions to the Portland community.

Our mission statement explicitly says that we ‘build relationships among families, educators and the community to promote the healthy development and academic achievement of every learner.’ As we approach the start of a new school year, I know that I speak for all of our staff, students and families in affirming the Portland Public Schools commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.”