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School measures for buildings, teaching positions on May 2011 ballot

School facilities bond: School safety, classroom updates

A proposed six-year school construction bond would upgrade schools and address classroom needs at every PPS school, in every neighborhood. Bond funds would:

The proposed bond is on the May 17 ballot (Measure 26-121). School construction bond revenue cannot be used for teaching positions or classroom materials. A citizen panel would oversee bond spending. At an estimated $2 per $1,000 tax rate, the bond would cost the median homeowner $300 a year.

Local funding for classrooms

Our schools face cuts in the next two-year state budget. They also may lose federal education stimulus dollars that have preserved more than 400 school jobs and effective programs, such as summer school.

To offset these cuts, the Portland School Board has proposed replacing the current local levy at a new rate (Measure 26-122 on the May 17 ballot).

If approved, the levy would raise an added $19 million for our schools. (It would add 74 cents to the current rate, for a total of $1.99 per $1,000 of assessed value.)

The replacement levy would: