A few hundred parents and students packed a Portland Public Schools meeting Thursday night, mostly to watch an advisory committee debate changing school boundaries.
The latest changes for the district’s west side would relieve overcrowded elementary schools by shifting boundaries.
But they don't fix overcrowding at Lincoln High School, argued committee member and teacher, Kim Wilson.
"What are we going to do for Lincoln? I don't know," Wilson said. "We need to do something. I'm hearing from my colleagues that it's a crisis level, and I haven't heard any solutions that offer significant change. I think that the west-side movement was a start."
The few parents who were given time to speak said the proposed changes may already be too disruptive and would fall disproportionately on low-income students.
The west side changes are intended to take effect this fall. East side changes are slated for fall 2017, though some committee members and parents think they should begin sooner.