In the news: board wrestles with high school redesign

Kim Melton reports in The Oregonian today that school board members are starting to debate and discuss specifics of the high school system redesign.

Bobbie Regan is quoted questioning staff assumptions about curtailing neighborhood-to-neighborhood transfers and the size (and by extension, number) of high schools to close. “I’m not clear that those are the board’s assumptions,” said Regan.

Board co-chair Trudy Sargent worries about closing “successful” schools, while David Wynde and co-chair Ruth Adkins warn about labeling schools as “successful” and “unsuccessful.”

As we get down to brass tacks, battle lines are being drawn, with a split board possible on student transfer policy changes.

Steve Rawley published PPS Equity from 2008 to 2010, when he moved his family out of the district.

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Why you should vote Yes on 66 and 67

In Multnomah County:

  • the vast majority of taxpayers (96.7 percent) would see a reduction (12.6 percent) or no change in their income tax under these measures. The wealthiest 3.3 percent would see a slight increase in marginal rates.
  • there are 91,000 students in public schools.
  • there are 83,592 people on the Oregon Health Plan.
  • there are 6,380 seniors and people with disabilities in long-term care.

Tens of thousands of local students, seniors and the disabled face devastating cuts to critical services.

Thousands of teaching and educational support professionals face lay offs and furloughs. These jobs, which support the greater local economy through spending power, can be preserved with a yes vote.

“Job killing taxes” is an oxymoron. These modest tax increases, which will only affect the wealthy and corporations, will preserve jobs and vital community services.

Please join me in voting “Yes” for both Oregon measures 66 and 67.

Steve Rawley published PPS Equity from 2008 to 2010, when he moved his family out of the district.

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