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Voters return Wolf, Albertson to board

While candidates in Position 3 are still waiting to see who will take the seat in the Tigard-Tualatin School Board, it was a different story entirely for the two other positions up for grabs, with longtime School Board member Barry Albertson and Chairwoman Maureen Wolf making short work of their competition and heading back to the district.

AlbertsonAlbertson, who was seeking his fourth term on the board, brought home more than 3,700 more votes than his opponent, political newcomer Moses Bullock, safely securing his victory with 68 percent of the vote.

Bullock, a father of three, was running in his first election and ran on a platform of repealing the state’s Common Core state standards.

Oregon is one of 44 states that have signed on to the more challenging standards, which take effect in 2014.

Bullock said the new standards would move the state toward a “one-size-fits-all” model of education and was concerned with why the district allowed the state to approve the standards in 2010.

It was an even bigger margin of victory for Wolf, who was elected in 2009 and was seeking her second term on the School Board.

WolfWolf trounced her opponent Michael Bednarek with nearly 75 percent of votes.

Bednarek drew criticism for comments he made about foreign language opportunities for students.

While language courses such as Spanish have remained across the district, other courses such as Mandarin Chinese and German were cut, which Bednarek said was out of touch with what parents and students wanted.

Wolf said Wednesday she understands the frustration many people in the community feel about the state of education, including cuts to foreign languages, and that the district needs to work harder to make sure students are getting the education they need, despite the financial times.

“I’m grateful for the support of this community, but this is also a time to reflect on some of the things that have caused questions and concerns for folks,” Wolf said. “We have to look at what we can control and how we can manage it with the incredibly tight resources we have.”

Wolf said the district needs to do more work in Salem to get more funding for K-12 education across the state, and needs to work with Portland Community College and other groups closer to home to offset programs the district has lost due to budget cuts.

“I feel like we’ve gotten down to a core program,” she said.

And those cuts are only going to get worse, with 27 positions expected to be eliminated this year, mostly from middle and high schools.

“Those cuts will really be felt in the fall,” she said. “We still have a lot of work to do.”




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