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Parents push back against proposed change to Pioneer Schools

Parents and supporters plan to rally to support Pioneer Schools before a Portland Public Schools board meeting on Jan. 9, 2018. KATU photo

PORTLAND, Ore. – Some parents are fighting back against a change to a Portland Public Schools program that serves students with special needs.

Parents say they are worried about how the restructuring of the program will affect students, some with emotional or intellectual disabilities.

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They’re also upset because they’ve been left out of the decision-making process.

PPS Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero said this “restructuring” of Pioneer Schools in the fall will move those students back into three PPS schools.

In a release to parents, PPS said the move would benefit students with “increased opportunities, inclusion and less stigma.”

Parents have been trying to save Pioneer with protests and meeting with the superintendent, but so far there’s been no word if the program will stay as it is.

Parents and supporters will be making their voices heard again Tuesday night with a rally before the school board meeting at 6.

RELATED | Parents, teachers, students rally for future of Pioneer School

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