Portland's high school dropout rate is the highest in the metropolitan area. While the statewide rate declined last year, Portland high school students are dropping out at twice the rate - 8.2 percent - of students in other Oregon communities. The city's high schools are also grappling with other issues: a growing number of students opting for GED credentials, budget shortfalls, and demands from parents for greater accountability to the community.
major reorganization of the high school system to address these and other issues. The plan calls for closing some high schools, restructuring others, creating more and restricting the ability of students to attend schools outside the district in which they reside. Can the reorganization address the problems facing Portland's high schools? Is it still viable in today's economic environment? How will it affect communities that feel they've been short-changed by the school system in the past?has launched a
Portland Public School District's high school redesign team and Sarah Carlin Ames, with the team about their plan, its goals and whether it will meet the needs of all Portland students in the coming years.and Dave talk with Sarah Singer, project manager of the
Jo Ann and Dave also talk with David Fidanque, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon about the recent Supreme Court rulings on affirmative action and on strip searches of school students.
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