Portland Public Schools is on the verge of finalizing its new, more restrictive transfer policy. The approval vote was scheduled for Tuesday night, but the school board meeting was disrupted by protesters with the group Don’t Shoot Portland.
Even as the transfer policy discussion draws to a close, the district is embarking on an even more contentious topic: redrawing the boundaries for neighborhood schools. The lines that determine what school students attend can affect homeowners regardless of whether they they have children, because the district boundary lines affect property values. Portland Public Schools superintendent Carol Smith told Willamette Week, “How we approach the boundary changes will shape the future of our city.”
We’ll talk to OPB reporter Rob Manning about what it will take to redraw the school boundaries and look ahead to the vote on transfer policy changes.