The Portland School Board
cancelled a 5:30 pm work session on the proposed high-school redesign tonight but allowed a protest of one of their latest ideas -- to close Jefferson High School as a neighborhood school -- to proceed anyway. The board also announced tonight it was delaying its scheduled vote on the overall high-school redesign by at least one week. That vote had been expected to take place June 21.
Hundreds of Jefferson High School
supporters crowded Portland Public Schools' headquarters near the Rose Quarter, the location for tonight's cancelled meeting, to argue passionately that Jefferson should remain a comprehensive high school, not a focus-option school as some Portland School Board members want. "This is racism in its most blatant form," a 2006 Jefferson graduate told the board.
Three board members -- Pam Knowles, Martín González, and Dilafruz Williams
-- could not attend tonight's meeting, which is why the remaining four board members chose not to have a work session. Instead they listened for a half-hour to protesters' testimony, then disbanded for the evening.