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Wednesday is the last day of school for kids in the Portland and Beaverton districts. In collaboration with the OPB News series, Learning with Less, we’ll look back on how education fared during a tough economic year.

It’s been a tumultuous year for public schools across the state. Two of the biggest districts — Portland and Beaverton — both faced serious budget shortfalls. Over the past few months, we’ve talked about some of the heart-wrenching decisions school boards have had to make: closing Oregon’s only public all-girls school, cutting funding for Outdoor School and eliminating 344 jobs in the Beaverton district. We’ve heard from parents who have been affected by all of these choices and some who’ve considered the private school option as a result.

Earlier this month, the City of Portland put $7.1 million towards helping area schools make up their budget gaps. Portland Public Schools got the bulk of the money ($5 million) to save teaching jobs, but the district will still have to make significant cuts due to its $27 million budget shortfall.

How did budget cuts affect your experience as a student, teacher, administrator or parent this school year? What are you hoping for next fall?

Editor’s Note: This show will air live from Franklin High School. You can also watch the show live on the PPS homepage.
Click here to see an audio slide show of students Nhuyen Hoang and Jazzmine Alcala’s experience at Franklin High School.

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