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KairosPDX Charter School Can Stay At Humboldt Building, PPS Says


Lydia Gray-Holifield with her daughter, Georgy'e, in front of KairosPDX charter school. Located in the former Humboldt Elementary School, the charter school was threatened with displacement. Portland Public Schools officials have now said the school can stay.

Lydia Gray-Holifield with her daughter, Georgy’e, in front of KairosPDX charter school. Located in the former Humboldt Elementary School, the charter school was threatened with displacement. Portland Public Schools officials have now said the school can stay.

Jonathan House/The Portland Tribune

The next version of Portland Public Schools’ boundary proposal for Northeast Portland will keep KairosPDX charter school, a program that caters to African-American students, in the historic heart of Portland’s black community.

That reversal came Tuesday during a school board discussion of PPS’s current proposal to redraw school attendance zones, which school officials released in September. That proposal, which also includes the relocation of several school communities to new buildings, called for displacing Kairos at the former Humboldt Elementary School with ACCESS Academy, an alternative school for highly gifted students who aren’t served well by their neighborhood schools.

A majority of students at Kairos are black. A majority of students at ACCESS are white.

And to several community leaders in Portland, PPS’s proposal looked like the gentrification of a school. Add to that the fact that advocates for ACCESS didn’t want to move to Humboldt, saying it was too small to serve its growing population adequately.

Read the whole story at Pamplin Media.

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