I am sitting on the sofa next to my sick child; she is asleep for the moment, so I’m taking the opportunity to write a short post. There’s a lot more that needs to be said about PPS’s latest enrollment balancing plans that were just released, but I’ll keep this short and hope that you will spread the word and join in on the conversations and action that will follow.
- For information on the actual plan, go to this article from the Oregonian. The newest plan involves closing either Woodlawn or Vernon and filtering students into other local schools. I just read through the NE Portland Enrollment Balancing Facebook page comments, and there are a lot of baffled and concerned parents. Rightly so. The big questions that we need to be considering? Who do these changes benefit? Are the children with the greatest need being served? Do these plans address the roots of the problem (transfer policy, retention, etc.)?
- To catch up on what has been going on with enrollment balancing talks in the Jefferson cluster, start here with some of PDXEAN’s older blog posts.
- After my second day in the classroom with my new group of students studying educational equity, I can’t help but be concerned that these plans are not sending a strong enough message about demanding access and equity for all Portland students.
As usual, I’d love to hear your thoughts…especially if you have worked with students at any of these involved schools, attended any of these schools, live in the neighborhoods that are involved, or parent children who attend these schools.