Eric Fruits, Ph.D.

President Laurelhurst Neighborhood Association

VIA EMAIL February 19, 2010 Carole Smith, Superintendent Ruth Adkins, Board Member, Zone 1 David Wynde, Board Member, Zone 2 Bobbie Regan, Board Member, Zone 3 Martin Gonzalez, Board Member, Zone 4 Pam Knowles, Board Member, Zone 5 Trudy Sargent, Board Member, Zone 6 Dilafruz Williams, Board Member, Zone 7 Henry Johnson, Board Member, Student Representative Portland Public Schools 501 N Dixon Street Portland, OR 97227-1804 RE: Laurelhurst Neighborhood Association resolution Portland Public Schools high school system design

Dear Ms. Smith and School Board: The Board of Directors of the Laurelhurst Neighborhood Association passed the following resolution regarding the Portland Public Schools high school system design now under consideration by the school district. The Board of Directors of Laurelhurst Neighborhood Association supports our neighborhood schools. The LNA is opposed to any reconfiguration of Portland Public Schools that would limit, in any way, students’ access to their current neighborhood high schools. LNA Board opposes any configuration of PPS high schools that would convert Franklin High School and/or Grant High School to a focus and/or magnet school and/or any other form that would inhibit, in any way, residents’ ability to attend Franklin High School and/or Grant High School as currently configured as neighborhood schools in which enrollment is based on location relative to the school.

Laurelhurst Neighborhood Association Board Members Eric Fruits (President); Beth Zauner (Vice President); M. J. Coe (Past President and SEUL Representative); Jeanne Ferguson (Secretary); Kristi Kasparek (Treasurer); Goudarz Eghtedari (Newsletter Editor); Gary Naylor (At-Large Rep.); Elena McPhee (NE Quad Rep.); Lyle Howard (NW Quad Rep.); Kelly Bocian (SE Quad Rep.); Jim Edelson (SW Quad Rep.)

Carole Smith and School Board Page 2 of 2 The high school redesign as currently articulated appears to be a solution in search of a problem. While I understand your concerns with “equity,” it is not clear that the district fully understands the distinction between equity of resources and equity of outcomes. There is no reliable evidence that shifting higher performing students to lower performing schools produces spillovers that fill the achievement gap. Indeed, after years and years of reconfigurations and experiments, PPS has not demonstrated that any rearranging of resources improves performance at languishing schools without worsening outcomes elsewhere. Shipping students out of Laurelhurst neighborhood to support underperforming schools elsewhere will only increase the number of students lost to the constantly churning seas of educational experimentation. I encourage you to consider and respect the strong attachment that our neighborhood has to our neighborhood high schools. We are fortunate to live in a city with so many excellent education options. Even with so many alternatives, an overwhelming number of families have chosen to send their children to their neighborhood high school. Any reconfiguration that eliminates Franklin High School or Grant High School as neighborhood schools will encourage families to consider alternatives outside of PPS. Respectfully submitted

Eric Fruits, Ph.D. President Laurelhurst Neighborhood Association

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