Portland City Hall moves to empty chemistry lab

Portland Mayor Tom Potter has moved City Hall to Jefferson High School this week. The Portland Business Journal characterized the move this way:

“Potter said the exercise will give North Portland residents and students [a chance] to see firsthand how government works. The mayor’s staff will set up temporary offices in an empty chemistry lab starting Jan. 14.”

Equating city government and Portland’s worst performing high school with an empty chemistry lab paints an interesting word picture.

For a detailed look at how the Portland Public School System has failed generations of Jefferson students, see:

Leaving Most Children Behind: Thirty Years of Education Reform at Jefferson


Steve Buckstein is Senior Policy Analyst and founder of Cascade Policy Institute, a Portland-based think tank.

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  • CRAWDUDE

    Maybe he will open up the schools bathrooms up for tweakers and drunks to use 24 hours a day.

  • devietro

    This is a pretty dumb idea if you ask me but maybe something will come of it.

  • Carl

    This is so predictable.
    Of course it’s dumb. But there’s no doubt something will come of it.

    It will be declared a success by the Oregonian. Just as they declare every other dumb idea a success.

  • Jerry

    These morons are at it again. Maybe while they are there they could ask around to see why Oregon ranked 49th out of 50 states in the recent Education Week analysis of education in America. Or, better yet, they could give some more money to Portland Public Schools, as that will surely fix everything.

    Great work guys – keep it up – everyone is very impressed.

    PS – I wonder why the chemistry lab is not in use?? Is everyone taking “cinema studies” instead. Methinks perhaps so. It is much easier to feel good about yourself if you get a B in cinema rather than an F in something actually challenging, like chemistry. This is great.

  • John Fairplay

    I hadn’t seen that report before. It’s outstanding. What an indictment of the merry-go-round at Jefferson!

    You should hand out copies to the City Council and parents over at Jefferson or hold a press conference or something.

    • Steve Buckstein

      Thanks John. We did hold a well attended press conference right across the street from Jefferson when the report was originally released in April 2006. It garnered a fair amount of coverage. We will see what we can do to publicize it now that city hall is there.

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