January 12, 2013 — Hundreds of parents, students, and teachers gathered outside the Portland Public School Board meeting to protest the lack of progress toward a contract with Portland teachers. PPS has decided to not negotiate class size and teacher work load. After a rally outside, the rally moved inside where the board was meeting.
When the mic was open for public comment, students began a mic check. The board immediately adjourned and left ignoring students. Steve Buel, often a dissenting vote on the board, was the only member who stayed to hear the students’ concerns. Photos tell the story:
Students mic check the school board. The board with the exception of Steve Buel, promptly adjourns and leaves, ignoring the student action.
Tonight at the school board meeting, the Portland Student Union presented “The Schools Portland Students Demand”. This list was compiled by Portland students and outlines what we believe will make our educational experience the most enriching and successful.
1. Class sizes less than 20
2. Proper funding of the arts
3. More time with guidance counselors
4. Student-teacher collaboration in building curriculum
5. Rich, relevant curriculum – not common core
6. Democratic process in the allocation of funds
7. Restorative justice – not suspensions and expulsions
8. Funding for wrap-around programs
9. Support for all teachers
10. No School Closures