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Bonamici visits schools, talks policy


Banks, Forest Grove are stops along Congresswoman's route

by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici talks with students in Forest Grove High Schools after-school 4-H program during a swing through Washington County March 19.Three stops in Washington County were among six on U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici’s agenda last Wednesday, March 19, when she blazed a day-long trail talking about education policy and funding.

After visits to Clatskanie, Rainier, St. Helens and Scappoose in Columbia County that morning, Bonamici — who represents Oregon’s 1st Congressional District — spent part of her afternoon at Banks Elementary School and Forest Grove High School, where she talked with students in the 4-H after-school program.

“This was a great opportunity for me to see first-hand how education policy is working in the classroom,” Bonamici said. “There has been a lot of discussion about curriculum, assessment and education reform, but there is no better way to understand what’s working in a classroom than talking with students, teachers and administrators.”

Bonamici, a member of the House Education Committee and the Workforce Committee in Washington, D.C., also visited a pair of programs that help students make the transition from high school to higher education or the work world.

“We need more innovative programs like Forest Grove’s 4-H program to help prepare students for their futures,” said Bonamici. “These programs offer students a network of support they may not get anywhere else.”

Later the same evening, Bonamici participated in a Washington County Education Forum at Mountain View Middle School in Aloha.