Getting Our Priorities Straight: Education and Equity in Oregon

As Oregon’s students become more diverse, with a wide range of lived experiences and different racial and ethnic backgrounds, Oregon’s schools are learning to adapt to address those diverse needs. Currently, the Oregon Department of Education’s equity initiatives are aimed at addressing the gaps within education quality for all students. Oregonians are mostly in agreement with this approach and what schools’ priorities should generally be. However, they are divided by ideology on where achievement gaps exist, how they should be addressed, and even some core values of our education system.