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Portland is a great community that can Ñ and must Ñ be even better. That's the spirit of Rethinking Portland, an initiative by the Portland Tribune to explore where Portland is today and discuss where the community should head.

On Feb. 24, we will publish our second in a series of special sections on Rethinking Portland. The subject: Rethinking Portland Public Schools.

Superintendent Vicki Phillips said in an address Feb. 1, 'Portland schools are at a turning point.' We agree.

So we're taking an in-depth look at the district. We will examine best practices in school districts around the country, talk to national and local educational leaders, and propose possible solutions in areas where the district needs improvement. And we will point out how many things the district already does very well.

In the meantime, our readers continue to respond passionately to our first special section, published Nov. 11, which looked at the Portland area's rapid growth, rising housing prices and changing demographics. We have published many letters and commentaries, and we will continue to publish letters and commentaries on a regular basis.

If you missed the section, you can find it online at www.portlandtribune.com/rethinking, or you can get a hard copy by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 503-546-9810.

In the next year, the Tribune will publish more Rethinking Portland special sections and will routinely offer news and feature stories on the subject in the regular editions of the paper.

But don't just read them. Share your ideas and commitments to helping make Portland a better place by e-mailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling Rethinking Portland Editor Connie Pickett, 503-546-5167.

And pick up a copy of our latest section Feb. 24.