Editorial: Portland schools’ progress depends on strong board candidates (Editorial Agenda 2019)

“Two years ago, the outlook couldn’t have seemed grimmer for Portland Public Schools. The educator selected as the next superintendent abruptly bowed out as school board members grew increasingly concerned about his truthfulness. The district, short-staffed and in chaos, delayed plans to open two new middle schools promised to the community. And lingering mistrust over the discovery of lead-contaminated drinking water in schools threatened passage of a $790 million school bond measure. And now? The district has a capable leader in Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero who has recruited his own team to carry out his academic vision. PPS opened Harriet Tubman Middle School and Roseway Heights Middle School last fall, helping expand educational opportunities in previously neglected neighborhoods. And the district is busy planning school rebuilds with money authorized by voters.”

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