Other districts including David Douglas have also cut funding for Outdoor School, prompting parents and community members to find alternative sources of funding. Some say this is a reason to consider cutting district funding for the program — because it can be funded through other means.
If you or your children took part in Outdoor School in previous years, what did you get from the experience? What would be lost if it were cut completely?
- Kotie Threlkeld: Senior at Trillium Charter School and student leader at Outdoor School
- Dan Prince: Coordinator of Multnomah ESD Outdoor School
- Pam Knowles: Co-chair of the Portland Public School board and executive director for industry relations at the OSU College of Business