School Board Candidates For Strong Public Schools

The PAT PAC is proud to announce our recommendations for the May 2017 Portland School Board election. These candidates share a proven track-record of leadership and commitment to strengthening Portland Public Schools so that our students can receive the education they deserve.

  • Rita Moore for Zone 4
  • Scott Bailey for Zone 5
  • Trisha Parks for Zone 6

The PAT PAC Board considered the following criteria while making our endorsements: support for collective bargaining; trust of educators; knowledge of education issues including the impact of poverty; willingness to advocate at the state and national level, including a willingness to oppose bad education policies; the candidate's record advocating for school funding; their advocacy for safe and healthy schools; and their electability.

More About the Candidates

Trisha Parks is a Beaverton teacher, a former Beaverton Education Association President, and a PPS parent. She believes we need to bring teacher voice into decision-making at the building and District level.

Scott Bailey has been working to improve the District for over a decade. He has organized with parents against school closures, served on the District-wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee (DBRAC), and played an instrumental role in the Better Oregon campaign for Measure 97.

Rita Moore’s knowledge about our District’s challenges and its potential is formidable. Since 2005, she has been working to build a stronger public school system in Portland. As co-chair of the Community Budget Review Committee, she has pushed for a more transparent budget, and she spearheaded changes to enrollment and transfer policies that threatened to close numerous neighborhood schools. She also served on the DBRAC.

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What is PAT PAC?
The PAT PAC is Portland Association of Teachers' Political Action Committee. PAT PAC's purpose is to elect to office candidates who will fight for a better public educational system in Oregon and Portland Public Schools.  It is funded by voluntary contributions of members, separate from union dues. PAT PAC decisions are made by the PAT PAC Board of Directors. To run for a seat on the board, you must be a PAT PAC contributor and an active member of the Legislative Committee. Learn more about PAT PAC on our website, or contact Elizabeth Thiel.