Oregon public schools have been in a funding crisis for decades. This year, with a $1.6 billion budget shortfall, this crisis has hit its peak. Current proposed cuts to education will result in larger class sizes, fewer librarians and counselors, and further cuts to Art, Music, and PE.
How will the cuts impact your school and your students? Please come and tell your story.
Death by a Thousand Cuts: Education Town Hall
Saturday, May 20, 1-3 pm
Sunnyside Community Center, 3520 SE Yamhill Street, Portland OR 97214
No elected official impacts our schools more directly than our School Board members. This spring, PAT is supporting candidates that have a proven track record for fighting to fully fund our schools; listening to teachers; and standing up against the privatization of public schools. They also have a deep knowledge of how our district works, so they are ready to address the dysfuntion and systemic inequity, and move PPS is the right direction.
PAT enthusiastically endorses Rita Moore for Zone 4, and Scott Bailey for Zone 5.Continue reading
The 2017 bond is part of a long-range plan to modernize and improve all of our schools over the next 20 years. Measure 26-193 will:
- reduce student and staff exposure to hazardous materials by replacing lead pipes and fixtures and removing or capping exposed lead paint and asbestos at every single school in the district;
- fund necessary seismic upgrades that strengthen safety for our children and our teachers, update fire safety alarms and sprinkler systems and repairs and repair or replace leaking or deteriorating school roofs, and improve accessibility for people with disabilities;
- rebuild or replaces three outdated high schools (Benson, Lincoln and Madison) and one middle school (Kellogg) to ensure students have access to classrooms that provide them with the modern education and technology tools they need to succeed.
Learn more at www.healthyschoolspdx.com.