Portland school board reverses agreement to fund school police
The Portland school board is headed back to the drawing board in its negotiations with city police to deploy nine full-time officers at its high schools.
Amid intense backlash from students and community members, the board voted Tuesday to pull back a contract it approved on Dec. 11 under pressure from city officials. Back then, the district pledged $1.2 million per year to pay for city police officers to patrol its nine public high schools.
Board members now say the financial liability should rest with the city, not the school district. And before their vote to reverse course Tuesday, some wondered whether the district has been too quick to give concessions when it’s asked to pick up a bill.