We request a community meeting with Portland Public School leadership and DBRAC for Grant Cluster families before December 1, 2015.
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We, the undersigned members of the Grant Cluster schools community (Beverly Cleary, Irvington, Laurelhurst, Alameda, Sabin, Boise-Elliot / Humboldt and King), request that the leaders of Portland Public Schools and DBRAC (District Wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee) hold a community meeting at one of our local schools by or before Tuesday, November 24, 2015, if possible, or before the December 1st deadline for community input at the latest.
The “District-wide Enrollment Balancing Values and Policy Framework” details “equity in process and outcomes,” as well as emphasizing a “clear, responsive and transparent process,” with regard to this complicated but quick moving initiative that affects so many of our children and families in both their educational and personal lives.
Our schools and communities will be greatly impacted and changed by both proposals that were presented on October 29, 2015 to the district advisory committee and the public. Yet there is not a single community meeting organized in our cluster of schools and neighborhoods that allows DBRAC to directly address our local questions, listen to our experiences and concerns, and enables us to offer the input and feedback you so rightly highlight as important goals in your values framework.
When we addressed this request directly to the chair of DBRAC, Jason Trombley, we were told that we were welcome to attend any of the quadrant meetings, and that the most appropriate community meeting for the Grant cluster is the Roseway Heights meeting on November 18th. However, the Grant cluster is a large community, and for practical reasons we don't think that there will be time and space at existing quadrant meetings to sufficiently discuss our concerns. In addition, the families at the Roseway Heights community meeting have a complex set of issues unique to their own community and we would not want to take away time from that discussion to focus on the configuration of Grant cluster schools.
For the reasons stated above, we are asking you as leaders of the Portland Public School system to respectfully acknowledge and grant our request for an evening community meeting in a timely manner in a Grant Cluster school before DBRAC starts the refinement and modifications of its proposals in December 2015.
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