The challenges facing the district are particularly daunting following revelations of lead in the drinking water, the subsequent departure of several top administrators along with longtime Superintendent Carole Smith, and infighting among the board members. It’s not surprising then that none of the three incumbents up for re-election this year filed to run again.

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May elections are usually a time for spring cleaning. This one demands a full rebuild. Across the Portland ballot, we found evidence of broken systems. Most obviously, there’s the record $790 million construction bond for Portland Public Schools, which asks taxpayers to fix decaying buildings suffering from age and lack of upkeep.

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As Portland Public Schools welcomes a new superintendent and prepares to ask voters for $790 million on the May 16 ballot, its elected leadership is fleeing. All three incumbent board members up for re-election in May

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