Candidate: Jon Jacob
Occupation: Stay-at-home dad
Kids in PPS? Two sons: a preschooler and a second-grader at Lewis Elementary
Forge a policy that keeps all current schools open, which will restore local neighborhood confidence in the schools.
Yes, I strongly support. Nothing should be cut, but we will be forced to implement Plan A of the budget proposal (which includes cutting 600 teachers). There will be no choice.
The state needs to reform the way it funds schools. School funding must be guaranteed year to year. We cannot continue indefinitely unsure of what our funding is each year.
Mr. Rogers (seriously, that was his name). He was an excellent math teacher, and a great track coach. He was patient but honest, and taught me to respect people from the moment you meet them.
Candidate: Richard Garrett
Occupation: Portland teacher (retiring this spring)
Kids in PPS? Three grown children (all teachers), all graduates of Portland schools
Beyond reviving the superintendent search, I'd want a comprehensive academic plan for Portland, a plan that defines educational priorities, reconciles them with available resources and sets new standards of service for the coming decade.
I fully support 26-48. If it fails, and replacement revenue is not found, the only response available to our school district is the layoff of large numbers Ñ hundreds, I believe Ñ of teaching and support personnel.
A significant revision to the tax system is necessary. The possibilities include simplification of the current structure and modification of the limits established under Measure 5.
I think often of Mr. Barnuk, my eighth-grade teacher. He was a learned and humane individual, both firm and patient as a teacher, interested in his students and determined to teach them.
Candidate: Richard Nichols
Occupation: Owner of Limbo, a fresh and organic fruit and herb market
Kids in PPS? Two sons, both attending Portland Public Schools
My first objective would be to change the mind-set of the school board. Rather than think 'there is never enough money,' the board should focus on living within the budget.
With (my answer to question No. 1) in mind, it wouldn't matter if the county income tax is rejected or not. Either way, the board will make conscientious budget decisions according to what is given.
I think that real estate can be sold to generate millions of dollars as opposed to firing hundreds of teachers. I also think a rigorous audit will glean out areas of waste.
I've had a number of teachers who inspired me, but I don't have one favorite.
Candidate: Dilafruz Williams
Neighborhood: Eastmoreland Heights-Woodstock
Occupation: Education professor, Portland State University
Kids in PPS? One son, graduate of Lincoln High
I will work to ensure the board functions as a unit focusing on high student performance and providing leadership, vision and direction. Board members must work together, not as seven separate individuals with personal agendas.
Yes, strongly, or we will decimate our children's education. Since each budget item other than salaries costs less than $50 million, we would have to cut school days and increase class size.
The solution must be statewide, given constitutional limitations on local solutions. The board must work in the local area and with other boards statewide to mobilize the electorate to support a long-term financial stability.
My ninth-grade biology teacher. She helped stir my sense of curiosity and wonder about life. She was caring yet intellectually challenging. Her teaching sowed the seeds for my career as a classroom teacher.