Not very exciting photos this week, but very happy ones! 😀 For anyone who has seen my Facebook feed lately, it has mostly been filled with local school election crud. Emotions and tensions have run high, a lot of outside money has flowed into some of the races. One of my favorite candidates was outspent 3:1 by Teach for America’s political sidekick organization LEE. And, though endorsed universally by local media, and the passing of the MUCH NEEDED $790 million school construction bond looked quite doubtful.
I expected a nail biter. Instead, to my astonishment, it was over very quickly. Around half an hour after the ballots closed, it was clear that voters had favored the most qualified candidates by large – even unsurmountable – margins. And, not only that. The bond passed!!! I could not be happier! Last night was a HUGE win for the kids of Portland Public Schools. Thank you, Portland – you came through! It feels like this will be a turning point for a very troubled district. Good things will come from this!