Marshall High School in outer-Southeast Portland and Benson Technical High School are the high schools which are going to be most impacted by the High School Redesign Plan.
The proposal for Marshall High School includes making it a "focus" (which focus is as yet undisclosed) school with a student body of 400. Lents neighborhood teens not attending the Marshall High School "Focus" School would be attending Madison or Franklin High Schools, a substantial commute from their neighborhood. Marshall High School is a vital part of the struggling Lents neighborhood. The effective closure of Marshall High School would negatively impact the Lents community.
The proposal for Benson Technical High School is to transform it from a four-year technical high school and make it a two-year vocational school for juniors and seniors. These juniors and seniors would attend other schools but would enroll for tech classes at Benson.
Both Marshall High School and Benson High School serve large populations of low income and minority youth, who will suffer from these changes.
More information on Portland Public Schools' High School Redesign Plan can be found at
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Corporate media actually did a good job covering the issue in a recent PORTLAND TRIBUNE article, "High School Shuffle Makes Critics Shout."
There is also an op-ed by a student at Benson High School in the PORTLAND TRIBUNE, "Redesign Leaves Benson Students Out in the Cold."
For Marshall High School and the Lents Neighborhood's Perspective, see
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