Portland Public Schools reveals first draft of boundary redraws, Oregon reports 21 state coronavirus cases linked to schools: The week in education

The state’s largest district has one year to redraw its boundaries across Southeast Portland in anticipation of opening a new middle school.

a tall glass building: Portland Public Schools will adjust much of its southeast boundaries as it prepares to open Kellogg Middle School, pictured here under construction, in the fall of 2021.

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Portland Public Schools will adjust much of its southeast boundaries as it prepares to open Kellogg Middle School, pictured here under construction, in the fall of 2021.

And earlier this week, Portland Public Schools revealed the first draft of its plans to do so.

Much of the district’s plans revolve over its decision to phase out the K-8 model, turning one building back into a middle school and several others into elementary schools.

Bridger, in particular, would see much of its attendance zone altered as its Spanish dual-language programs move to a proposed Lent Elementary School and newly built Kellogg Middle. Bridger, which is currently a K-8, would become an elementary school and move into the Madison cluster. It currently feeds into Franklin High.

The plans the district released are not set in stone. The working group for Portland Public Schools’ boundary adjustments will meet next on Oct. 22.

Here are some of the other major education stories from this week:

Coronavirus update:

The Oregon Health Authority announced Wednesday that 21 new cases of coronavirus were detected at schools offering in-person learning the previous week. Eight of those cases were tied to students. Another 13 were tied to school staff or volunteers.

From the education reporter’s inbox:

Cleveland High School’s performance arts program got some national recognition this week. The National Federation of State High School Associations presented the school with its excellence award, saying its arts programming “exemplifies the characteristics of excellence, pride, community involvement and dedication to the performing arts.”

You can watch a highlight reel of the award ceremony below:

Education stories from the Portland area:

A Washington County-based program is working with the area’s 700-plus Latina students to make sure they don’t fall behind as they navigate distance learning. Adelante Mujeres offers trainings in leadership, health, community service and activism. Seven full-time facilitators work with students over Zoom or Google Classroom, depending on which platform their school uses for coursework. The Beaverton Valley Times’ Gabby Urenda has the story.

And across the state:

The coronavirus pandemic’s effects on education funding is becoming more clear as it’s knee-capped revenue from the $1 billion per year corporate tax the state Legislature passed in 2019. In Salem-Keizer, the school board this week approved the district’s $11 million plan to hire reading teachers and social workers — officials there originally expected to see $35 million in new state tax money. Over in Bend-La Pine, officials are adjusting down their plans by $4.4 million. Rachel Alexander reports out of Salem and Jackson Hogan has the story in Central Oregon.

In the rural Winston-Dillard district, a Douglas High teacher has resigned over what she says is an unsafe reopening at and a student told the local ABC affiliate school officials aren’t doing enough to enforce distancing requirements, leading her to enroll