Protesters Delay Vote On Changes To Portland Public Schools Enrollment And Transfer Policy
A protest at the Portland Public Schools Board of Education meeting on Jan. 13 halted the vote on a proposal to revamp the district’s enrollment and transfer policies and ultimately cancelled the meeting.
At around 6 p.m. Tuesday, when the meeting was scheduled to start at the district’s offices, more than a dozen protesters walked into the auditorium and stood in front of the PPS Board of Directors.
The board was scheduled to vote on changes intended to make the district’s enrollment and transfer policies more equitable. The policy changes would end the district’s lottery fo rneighborhood school transfers, instead moving to just a petition process. At focus schools, changes would create an enrollment preference for low-income and Head Start students, though sibling preference would also be maintained.