As the countdown to the May 17 special election begins, criticism of the Portland Public School District's facilities bond measure seems to grow. Be Academy founder Julia Anderson has put out an open call for parents, students and community members who are disillusioned by Portland schools to gather at Arleta Elementary on May 15 for what's being described as a "symbolic work party." The rally, which will start at 1 p.m., is part demonstration against the "Band-Aid" approach of the bond and mill levy and part demonstration for a seat at the table to decide the future of Portland schools. You can read more about the rally here.
Like many critics of the May 17 bond measure and mill levy proposal, this group criticizes the district for setting aside a relatively small amount of bond funds for seismic updates. The group picked Arleta, in part, because of its distinction as a school highly likely to collapse in an earthquake.