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DHS Students To Host Mayoral Forum Oct. 29

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DHS Students To Host Mayoral Forum Oct. 29
Posted on 10/26/2015
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Education, immigration and affordable housing. Those are some issues that directly affect Deering High School students and their families and they want to know how the candidates for mayor of Portland stand on them. That is why the students – some of whom are old enough to vote – will hold a mayoral forum at the high school on Thursday, Oct. 29.

The event, organized by students in a modern United States history class taught by teacher Andrew Gordon and student teacher/educational technician Miles Bisher, will take place in the school’s auditorium from 12:40 p.m. to 1:40 p.m.

All three candidates for mayor – the incumbent mayor, Michael Brennan, and challengers Ethan Strimling and Tom MacMillan – have said they will attend the event.

The three recently faced Lyman Moore Middle School students, who held a lively mayoral forum on Oct. 22, drilling the candidates about a variety of issues. Deering’s forum is expected to be equally informative. And this time, the candidates will encounter students as questioners and audience members who are actual voters. Some Deering High School students are already 18 and others are close to that voting age.

Gordon said class discussions led the students to decide to hold the mayoral forum.

He noted that Deering – the only International Studies Schools Network (ISSN) high school in New England – seeks to graduate globally competent, college-ready high school students. He said class discussions about global issues around immigration and housing led to students wanting to investigate those issues close to home.

“They realized that the mayoral race was ongoing and could impact many of them very directly, so wanted the opportunity to meet the candidates and learn more about their positions on issues that matter to high school students,” Gordon said. “Part of Deering’s mission is to educate involved and informed citizens, and this forum will contribute to that.”

He said the questions all will be student-generated, and the event will be moderated by a student. The focus will be on immigration, affordable housing, and educational policies.

Other students in the school have been invited to attend the forum and parents have been invited too.