Kitzhaber meets students, encourages grads

Kitzhaber meets students, encourages grads

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on September 5, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 5 at 12:46 PM

PORTLAND - Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber told the class of 2025 at Metzger Elementary School Wednesday that the goal for them is a 100-percent high school completion rate.

Kitzhaber spent some time with a few students, parents and staff in the library for the first day of school. He then made an appearance at a school assembly where he got to meet dozens of students and hear the school song.

The governor is working to put together a coalition to find better and more stable ways to fund education.

A 2011 report showed the state graduation rate at 66 percent.

He also expects schools will start to see some changes quickly, like renewing a focus on literacy in elementary schools and science, technology and math in middle and high schools.

Details: Gov. education proposals

(KGW Reporter Art Edwards contributed to this report)

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