In Oregon, with the fourth worst graduation rate in the nation and a national ranking of 40th out of fifty states for having the largest achievement gaps, innovation is needed. We cannot as a community continue to have over 50% of Black, Hispanic and Native American students dropping out of high school. The achievement and opportunity gap for kids of color and children in poverty matters; especially to a city that is becoming increasingly diverse. Currently, 44% percent of Kindergartners in PPS are students of color and it is estimated by 2020 it will be majority minority. Consider the following according to the 2009 census:
This is not the Portland that makes us proud. We can do better. That is why Kairos exists and why we believe others are supporting us in these efforts.