BerniePDX Portland Public School Board Endorsement Poll 2019
Two great women of color, Shanice Clarke and Michelle DePass, are running for Portland Public School Board (Zone 2) in the May election! Both candidates requested a BerniePDX endorsement, and we need your input. Learn about them below and then cast your vote for who BerniePDX should endorse!

Hear from the candidates at the Black Voices Candidate Forum on Saturday, April 13, 2:00pm at Maranatha Church (4222 NE 12th Ave.).

Voting ends on April 15. Please note that if you vote to endorse both candidates, you are advocating for BerniePDX to make a dual endorsement in this race.
Michelle DePass
Key Endorsements
Portland Association of Teachers (PAT)
Oregon Education Association (OEA)
Senator Michael Dembrow
Senator Lew Frederick
Metro President Lynn Peterson
Oregon Working Families Party (dual endorsement)
About Michelle DePass
"I am from 4 generations of Black teachers in Portland Public Schools, a PPS grad and the mom of PPS kids. But I’m qualified to lead because my passion and love for black and brown kids runs deep. The findings from the recent audit are disturbing; I couldn’t not run. The experiences that have led me here professionally also inform my desire to lead. I didn’t wake up and think to myself that I would be awesome at this job. Rather I had a serious dialogue with myself about what it would take to address the historic, persistent and systemic failing of black kids in PPS, and a good, thoughtful leader that had the capacity at this time would step up.

I’m a single mom of two kids; I volunteered in PPS classroom before I had kids, reading to primary kids, teaching a Junior Achievement curriculum to 5th and 8th graders. Once I had kids I volunteered to teach formerly incarcerated youth algebra to help them pass the electrician’s apprenticeship test, and volunteered in my kids’ classrooms. Two weeks ago I was asked to present a housing focused curse; I presented at Madison HS, three classes to 85 kids on Housing: Race and Place about the history of racial residential policy, and how it plays out today."

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Shanice Clarke
Key Endorsements
PCC Federation of Faculty & Academic Professionals (AFT Local 2277)
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)
Rep. Diego Hernandez
Rep. Janelle Bynum
MESD Board Director Helen Ying
Oregon Working Families Party (dual endorsement)
About Shanice
"My parents immigrated from Jamaica so I could access free public education, as it costs money to attend school after the 6th grade in Jamaica. My ability to succeed in the classroom was doubted, which led to me not finishing high school. After pursuing a GED, I received an undergraduate and graduate degree. In my later educational pursuits I discovered the true impact of educational equity work, and dedicated my career to centering students at the margins. As a community organizer and educator who centers culturally-responsive pedagogy, I would be in a position to better advocate for the needs of teachers and community members.

As an educator, an advocate, and a progressive community organizer who proudly calls Portland home--I care deeply about our students, families, and education professionals. I’m a 26 year old high school dropout, and my journey brought me to become the educator I wish I had in high school. This puts me in a position to better understand how students are impacted by policy change in PPS.

We are long overdue for schools that guarantee any student a promising educational experience, regardless of who they are, or where they come from. That’s why I am running for Portland Public School Board, Position 2. I am running to lead our district towards a future where equitable student success is a given and not a perennial goal."

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