May 16th, 2011 | by EVAN SERNOFFSKY News | Posted In: Schools, Politics

Supporters Make Final Effort to Rally for Schools

     
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signs for schoolsphoto by Evan Sernoffsky

This morning a small group of supporters held signs and waved in support of Portland schools on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and East Burnside. Cars whizzed by and honked in support for the crowd of about 10 people.

 Voting ends tomorrow for the $548 million construction bond and $59 million-a-year operating levy for Portland Public Schools (see WW 4/27/2011). The pro-school boosters on MLK were reminding Portlanders to get out and vote. (And WW supports both measures.)

“Tomorrow is election day. People have about 36 hours to vote. We have the support;now we need the ballots,” said Ben Unger, who was at the scene and works on the campaign for the two money measures.

Standing next to Unger was Sarah Granger, a parent volunteer, along with her 7-year-old son Caleb. “Our schools are in poor physical condition. They need to be rebuilt and the time is now to do it,” Granger said.

“I’m voting no,” yelled a man from his car as he turned onto the Burnside Bridge heading west.

“Vote yes,” Caleb yelled back.

 
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