The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 03/16/10

Air date: 
Tue, 03/16/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Reorganizing Portland Public Schools

Joe Uris hosts a discussion of the proposed reorganization of the Portland Public School System. Last week the Portland School Board approved a resolution to reorganize the high school system. In less than two months superintendent Carole Smith must come up with recommendations that address equal access to programs, low graduation rates, the achievement gap and a loss of enrollment.

Tune in and weigh in on the issues affecting Portland Public Schools.



High School Re-design

 I am a parent to a youth who will be a 9th grader in the next school year.   We have applied to an alternative school which we believe best suits our daughter.   She is an exceptional student with benchmark scores in all categories at "exceeding".  For our daughter, the smaller setting is critical for her learning process.    We otherwise would be in line to Grant and have planned on using the extra options at Grant to "top off" her special academic needs (especially music) even though our daughter would be going to Metropolitan Learning Center.    

We don't even know if MLC is even going to be an available school when this is all done.   Will there even be alternative schools or will they be eliminated because they do not meet the new plan?    

I may have just missed the opportunity to have this question considered due to window of time which is just closing on this program.    

Portland parent.


Thanks for bringing this up.

PPS is foolish if they think offering more college prep and TAG programs is they way to solve their problem.  MOST kids today aren't going to four-year university, so they need to know basic skills.  All the "advanced" skills your guest spoke of today apply to 200 kids.  Creating special schools for special skills is what got them in trouble in the first place.  The solution is creating a variety of programs to all kids, not just those of parents who have the time and money to advocate for them. It's starting to happen in Beaverton and it is tearing the neighborhood school apart.


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