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PPS may rethink deal to assume funding of school resource officers from Portland Police Bureau

COURTESY OF OPB - Jefferson High School in North Portland. Portland Public Schools leaders are objecting to both the cost and timing of the city's push for districts to take over the costs of school resource officers from the Portland Police Bureau.

Portland school board members approved an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Portland last month over objections from a number of students and parents. In recent weeks, students have gathered hundreds of signatures against the agreement, while new city Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty has raised concerns.

In the last few days, PPS board members decided to reconsider that agreement under an agenda item at the Jan. 29 meeting entitled "Resolution to Suspend Approval of an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the city of Portland, through the Portland Police Bureau, and Portland Public Schools."

Board documents suggest distrust, or at least a misunderstanding, between the state's largest district and its largest city.

"Representations were made that the city of Portland needed to have the IGA approved no later than December 31, 2018; otherwise School Resource Officer (SRO) services to PPS and its schools would terminate," the resolution reads.

"New information indicates that is not the case."

The school board's proposal rescinds the previous agreement, acknowledges "limited financial resources" at both the district and police bureau, and emphasizes the city's responsibility to provide law enforcement.

To read the rest of this story, check the original version on OPB at https://www.opb.org/artsandlife/article/portland-school-districts-police-resource-officer-funding/

OPB is a news partner of the Portland Tribune.

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