Portland "YES" Schools: Get out the vote!
Bryn is our guest blogger on this very special post about getting out the vote. He's a parent just like many of us who care about the future of our schools.
So this May 17th a very important election is taking place. This vote could impact Portland for years to come. Since it is a spring election in an off year very little attention is being paid to this crucial decision involving two ballot measures, they are:
- Measure 26-121 - School Bond designed to rebuild and improve every school within PPS Measure 26-122 - Levy to save teaching jobs.
Portlanders For Schools is running a grass roots campaign trying to get as many school supporters aware of these measures. Many schools in Portland are phonebanking, canvassing and getting the word out on the playground. If these bills are going to pass it will be because neighbor is talking to neighbor and friend talking to friend. In these times of strained relations in Washington D.C. many people vote no on anything tax related but these bills will make a difference in our children's lives.
My daughter goes to Beach School built in 1928. If this bond passes Beach will get a covered playground, better ADA access, more secure entrance and a natural gas heating system to replace the antiquated boiler. The local North Portland High Schools Jefferson(1909) and Roosevelt(1921) are both scheduled to be rebuilt. I love my school and I love my neighborhood so I feel strongly that this is an investment in my community. This will make a measurable impact in the lives of all Portlanders.
I was a little apprehensive to make the calls but it turned into a really fun night. The vibe in the room is just great with kids playing/watching tv and parents trying to make a difference for something they believe in.
I am currently asking our school community what more can they do to help. What can you do? Phone banking is happening every night until the ballots are turned in. Canvassing will be happening every Saturday until the election. Please contact your school captain or http://portlandersforschools.org/ to learn more.
I have three daughters, 8, 4, and 14 months, that I want to be able to look my kids in the eye and know that I did everything I could to support these measures.