Portland Parents Vexed by Schedules

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Franklin High parent Lisa Zuniga has a request for Portland Public Schools officials as they move through their budget and staffing process: Provide the number of teachers necessary to offer a full schedule for every student.

Since Superintendent Carole Smith's proposed her $466 million budget two weeks ago, parents, teachers and administrators are vocalizing opinions on district priorities before the school board votes on the spending plan in May.

Zuniga, who has a sophomore at Franklin, joins a group of parents growing increasingly impatient with the district's high school staffing. Mainly, their frustrations lie with an eight-period schedule spread over two days that was adopted in 2011. Resources and a ruling on the teachers' contract prevent most students from signing up for classes in all eight periods.

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