Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith unveiled her proposal for some major changes in the district Monday night. The plan has generated mixed reactions from parents, students, teachers and administrators. All the public schools in Portland would be affected by the plan, which administrators say is aimed at improving equity across the district. The biggest shifts would be at Marshall High School, which would turn into a small magnet school, and Benson, which would shrink from four grades to two. Transferring from one school to another would become very difficult. Some elementary and middle schools would also see changes, including the potential for longer school days and shifts in leadership.
Did you or do you attend public school in Portland? Do your kids? Do you work at one of Portland’s high schools? What would the redesign plan mean for you?
- Rob Manning: Reporter for OPB News
- Zeke Smith: Chief of staff to Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith
- Mike Ryan: History teacher at Benson High School
- Beryl Morrison: Portland PTA president and parent of a 7th grader at Beaumont Middle School