Portland Public Schools Superintendent Has Change of Heart
Parents and students spoke, Superintendent Carole Smith listened.
Smith has added an additional 58 high school teaching positions to her initial budget proposal.
Parents spoke out against PPS Superintendent Carole Smith's $466 million budget proposal last week. Along with students they demanded an end to what they called "part-time students". That's the name they've given to high school students who are forced to take early dismissal, late arrival, study hall, or a free period because of a lack of teachers.
The movement for more high school teachers was also backed by three board members who said her initial proposal to add 11 additional positions wasn't good enough.
Smith said the penalty for adding the additional positions would be delaying textbook adoption for younger grades, as well as taking away positions to deal with enrollment fluctuations.
With this latest proposal all high school students will be able to take at least seven classes out of an eight period schedule. Some parents and students applaud the move, others say it's not enough.