Gov. Ted Kulongoski's pledge today to protect Oregon school funding in the wake of the newest $377.5 million budget hole with federal money that Congress approved this month could be cold comfort to Portland Public Schools. The state's largest school district is in the unique position of already having banked on that federal money to fill a previous budget hole.
Back in May, you'll recall, PPS faced a $19 million budget shortfall due to declining state revenue in the state budget forecast three months ago. In July, the Portland School Board then decided to cut $13 million in spending from the district's 2010-11 budget and plug the rest of its hole with $6 million of the $9 million in federal aid the district anticipated getting.
David Wynde, a Portland School Board member, says it's too soon to know the full implications of the latest state revenue shortfall.
But he calls the news "further evidence of how broken the revenue system is in Oregon."