It’s a testament to how much Portlanders value public education that even in a time of utter disarray for Portland Public Schools, so many people are stepping up to run for a position on the volunteer school board. In fact, voters in the district have some remarkably strong candidates to consider…
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.
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.
May’s election will dramatically change leadership in Oregon’s largest school district, with three seats on the seven-person board up for election. It’s a crucial time for Portland Public Schools, which is in transition following a lead in drinking water crisis that upended the district.
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
Julia Brim-Edwards, a Nike executive and former member of the Portland Public Schools board, announced this morning she will again seek a position on the board in the May 16 election.
The Portland school board is headed for a shakeup with all three incumbents now having bowed out. And it is now possible that a powerful former board member, Julia Brim-Edwards could rejoin the board.