April 28th, 2011 | by MARK ZUSMAN News | Posted In: Schools, Politics

The School Bond Election: Why Some Schools Will Be Rebuilt

Lainie Block Wilker of Learn Now, Build LaterLainie Block Wilker of Learn Now, Build Later criticizes the Portland School District's $548 million construction bond.

Money from the $548 million bond measure that is on the ballot for voters who live in the Portland School District would go toward rebuilding nine schools and upgrading all 76 others. 

How were the nine picked? 

It turns out it wasn't entirely based on which schools were in the worst shape or which schools served the largest number of students. Instead, the decision was informed in part by how best to generate political support for the measure. 

The discussion by supporters and opponents of the measure at WW's editorial board endorsement interview became quite spirited on this matter. Here is the clip from that portion of the interview. The leading voice for the opposition of this measure, who is speaking first in this clip, is Lainie Block Wilker. Our endorsement in this election is here.

School Bond - Politics from wweek.vimeo on Vimeo.

 
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