Uniforms, single-sex academies draw ire of students, parents
Testimony from the Jefferson High School community will be heard by Portland School Board members next Tuesday, as they consider a proposal to once again – reorganize the school.The meeting, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Jefferson High School cafeteria, is the third of four meetings planned to discuss the proposal. Those wishing to testify should call the school district at 503-916-3741.
A public hearing and vote on the recommendation to divide the school into three academies as well as to create another academy at Harriet Tubman Middle School is planned on Jan. 23.
Nearly a dozen students told Portland school board members Monday night that they objected to the male leadership academy planned at Jefferson and a requirement for uniforms at both Jefferson and Tubman and that many of the recommendations appeared to unfairly single out the Jefferson schools cluster from the rest of the school district. Some suggested that the changes had racial overtones.