Atkinson School, one of many Portland Public Schools is suffering from fund cuts for 2 and half position for next year. Listen to community organizers Kim Heron, Diana Cameron, Savannah Paz, Carissa Harrison and Constance San Juan about the actions parents, teachers and community memebers are taking to save their children's education.
Back in February the city of Philadelphia's school system announced the closing of 40 public school to be replaced by privately owned private and charter schools by 2017. This announcement received very little to no coverage by the local or national media. It appears that this pattern is not new and is repeating itself all over the nation.
Police arrested 12 people at the University Station Post Office in downtown portland, yesterday.Nearly a hundred people were at the demonstration, protesting cuts to the United States Postal Service and calling for Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s resignation.Portland Police made the arrests at about 7:30, an hour and a half after the station was supposed to close.
Whose urban renewal? A look at the mayor's education urban renewal area.
Last week the Portland City Council approved the Portland Development Commission's Education Urban Renewal Plan "focused on expanding Portland State University as a leading engine of economic growth, prosperity and opportunity." The new urban renewal area will generate up to $169 million for investment in research facilities, "business accelerators," affordable housing and private development.
Neighbors in Portland are transforming and using the common spaces between homes. Mark Lakeman, one of the founders of City Repair, talks here with Bill Resnick about the work of his organization and what it means for community life. They have a wonderful website.
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