Oregonian joins the chorus of newspaper endorsements

WHAT'S NEW WITH THE CAMPAIGN

This weekend, The Oregonian joined The Portland Tribune, Portland Mercury and Willamette Week in endorsing a YES vote on Measure 26-193. "The need is urgent," The Oregonian's editorial board writes, "The responsibility is ours and the office overseeing projects funded with a 2012 bond has exemplified the kind of disciplined management that merits our trust. "

We're gearing up for the forthcoming KATU town hall on Wednesday, and our first mailers are arriving in mailboxes across the city this weekend. Have you received your ballot yet?

ENDORSEMENT HIGHLIGHT:
Oregon Working Families Party

Portland's working families depend on our public schools to educate our children in a safe and enriching environment. That’s why the Working Families Party supports passage of Portland Public School District Measure 26-193. This bond will fund removal of lead, asbestos, radon and make other necessary structural fixes in PPS's buildings to ensure the health and safety of our children.

-Tom Leedham, Co-Chair, Oregon Working Families

Check out our full list of  over 200 organizations, individuals, and small businesses on our website and please sign up to add yourself to the list.

LEAD REPORT OF THE WEEK: Sunnyside Environmental School

Sunnyside Environmental School, with it's chicken coops and gardens outside the building and innovative approach to sustainability-themed curriculum inside the building, is one of PPS' cherished institutions.  Despite it's reputation as a stalwart focus-option school for students interested in environmentalism, 14 faucets, fountains and sinks at Sunnyside tested positive for lead; one classroom's sink tested at over 170 times above the EPA's 15 parts per billion recommendations for limited exposure. Sunnyside also lacks up-to-date fire alarms and smoke detectors in common areas, leading The Oregonian to categorize the school as having "highest risk" for fire hazard.

Measure 26-193 will fund full removal of carcinogens and neurotoxins including lead, asbestos and radon from every school across the district, as well as significant fire safety improvements as well. 

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BALLOTS MUST BE TURNED IN TWO WEEKS FROM TOMORROW. WE NEED YOUR HELP THIS WEEKEND.

A recent poll commissioned by KATU showed that 27% of voters are still undecided on how they'll vote for the upcoming School Bond. We need your help to track down these undecided voters and remind them of the paramount importance of voting to invest in safe, healthy and modern schools for every PPS student. 

All events are at our Portlanders for Safe and Healthy Schools campaign headquarters located at 116 NE 6th Avenue, Suite 300, unless otherwise noted. Our campaign office is located on the third floor; we're ADA accessible, as well as kid-friendly. Our office is accessible via the 6, 12, 19, 20 Bus Lines, and the Portland Streetcar, and there's metered on-street car parking nearby.

CANVASS / DOORKNOCKING
Saturday, 5/6, 10am-1pm
Sunday, 5/7, Sabin Elementary (4013 NE 18th Ave) 12pm-3pm
Saturday, 5/13, 10am-1pm
Sunday, 5/14, Woodstock Elementary, (5601 SE 50th Ave) 10am

POSTCARDS
We're having postcard writing parties at our campaign headquarters every Monday and Wednesday at Noon every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00pm. 

PHONEBANK
Additionally, we'll be hosting phone bank parties every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon at the campaign office. Contact Ben to learn more and sign up for a shift.

There's only two weeks left to make sure we turn out our supporters and get those ballots in to the County office. Every volunteer shift matters, and we hope that we can count on your support this May. 

Thanks for your continued support of safe and healthy schools!