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District officials are now convinced that in order to reduce inequalities , Portland Public Schools must go back to an elementary school and middle school model. The K-8 concept resulted in schools with too few middle grade students. The result? Paltry course offerings in the upper grades of K-8s, which were disproportionately established in low-income neighborhoods and those with concentrations of children of color.
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But going back has been far from easy. District officials have struggled to find suitable space to open more middle schools and, as a result, families have often felt uneasy about their children's program's future. Last year was particularly bitter. National Geographic said Phillips will lead the its education agenda in the United States and internationally, which includes student experiences, classroom resources and professional development opportunities for educators.
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