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SUN now has time to prove its value

Multnomah County's temporary salvation of the Schools Uniting Neighborhoods program ought to be an acceptable decision for those who believe SUN has provable value to students, parents and communities.

A majority of county commissioners agreed recently to fund the SUN program - which serves 52 schools countywide - at a level that will assure its survival through January. This seems a reasonable compromise between three commissioners who wanted to hack funding for SUN by $1.7 million and other commissioners and community members who argued that the program must be preserved intact.

In the end, we believe SUN will indeed receive additional money from the county or other sources. Ted Wheeler, who was elected county chairman in May and will take office in January, is leading a task force that will evaluate SUN's effectiveness and funding sources.

Once that analysis is complete, and with solid evidence of community support already in place, the new board of commissioners taking office in January is likely to see the wisdom of continuing SUN funding at its previous levels.