Oregon Educators Rally Behind Avakian In Secretary Of State Race
EUGENE – Saturday, the Oregon Education Association’s People for the Improvement of Education (OEA-PIE) convention recommended Brad Avakian for Secretary of State. Avakian, the current Labor Commissioner, has a long record of working with educators improve the public school system.
“Brad Avakian is a progressive champion,” said Hanna Vaandering, an elementary physical education teacher and President of the Oregon Education Association. “Our OEA-PIE members chose to recommend Commissioner Avakian because he has a long standing record of fighting for public education, our students and our communities.”
Avakian was first elected to the Oregon Legislature in 2002 where he worked to improve education funding and exempt Oregon from the No Child Left Behind policy. As Labor Commissioner, he led a broad coalition of educators, businesses, and community leaders to return shop classes and skills training to over 340 high schools and middle schools.
Avakian thanks the members of the OEA-PIE for their endorsement:
“Oregon is fortunate to have some of the best educators in the nation. I’m proud to receive this endorsement, and I look forward to partnering with teachers, guidance counselors, and school employees to give every student the education they need to succeed.”
Avakian has released plans to create the Oregon Youth Vote and return civics education to the public school curriculum. The Oregon Youth Vote will distribute and collect special ballots through public and private school systems and allow students to cast a vote in every election.
While these votes will not count towards the official results, once the official results are certified, the Oregon Youth Vote ballots will be tallied to show how Oregon’s young people viewed the candidates and issues.