Like I said in my last post, change is in the air. The enrollment balancing conversations that have been taking place for the last few months continue to heat up as communities speak out against what many are calling inequitable practices of Portland Public Schools. While it is certainly inequitable practices in our communities and culture that impact the school’s policies, the schools are often places where change can start to happen and filter back into our neighborhoods and our collective psyche. For those of you who have been in my classroom, you know that school inequality comes from neighborhood, housing, income, nutrition, racial, economic (and so on) inequality and that schools are showcases for the deeper roots of prejudice and injustice.
For those who are interested in how this conversation is playing out, take a look at these two news items to get started:
- Teachers Protest Racist School Closures
- Portland School Board Looks At Transfer Policy’s Effects on Jefferson Cluster
If you haven’t read up on what’s going on with the Jefferson cluster currently, take a look at the links and information in these past posts:
- PPS Unveils Newest Enrollment Balancing Plan: What’s Next for N and NE Kids and Families?
- Six Plans for Jefferson Enrollment Balancing
If you’re interested in getting involved, check out the Portland Area Social Equality Educators’ website.