Truth is, Portland Public Schools’ has never been “inclusive,” has never been driven by a “collective” vision when “planning,” nor has it ever come up with a “plan” worth praising.
By Bryan Chu
Julie Esparza Brown, you occupy a unique position in this imperialist, capitalist, white supremacist, cis-heteronormative, patriarchal school district we know as Portland Public Schools.
As the only woman of color on the Portland Public Schools Board of Education and as a faculty member of the Graduate School of Education, what you say matters and what you do matters even more.
You began your Dec. 17 commentary piece in The Oregonian using the collective “us” and “we” and in the end, you referred to “our.” I wonder who or what group of people did you appoint yourself to speak for?
Certainly not the teachers, parents and students of the K-8 schools Irvington, Boise-Eliot/Humboldt, Martin Luther King Jr., Sabin, Vestal, Lee, Scott and Rose City Park who will go back to being elementary schools and whose 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will become Roseway Heights and Harriet Tubman middle school students in the fall of 2018.
Certainly not the teachers of Access Academy who wrote to remind you, the rest of the school board and Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero that their program is fighting for a home, but not at the expense of destroying the vital program at Pioneer Special School.
And most definitely not the teachers, administrators, para-educators, therapeutic coaches and students at Pioneer, who will be displaced and scattered across the district.