How would you save $57 million?
We all know that the Portland Public School system is short some cash for next year, roughly $57 million give or take a buck. PPS is now taking your thoughts: How would you balance the budget for Portland Public Schools? Cut administrative spending, cut programs like athletics or Outdoor school, close 4, 6, 10, or 13 schools, reduce staff at schools and increase the student/teacher ratio anywhere from 24.5 to 27.5, limit wage increases, limit contributions toward employees' health care, tap into a one-time funding source, cut a week of school or shorten the school year, spend toward longer-term investments. There are choices, but many of them look bleak. PPS is collecting your thoughts via the web-based worksheets. The website states: "Your ideas will help inform the discussion as the Superintendent and School Board make their budget decisions."