Dear Portland Public Schools –
You want me, a liberal, to support your bond measure. Here’s a tip. Send my kid home at the start of the year with an actual math book. Thanks to your ineptitude or some other factor, my kid has math homework tonight. But he can’t do it. Because you couldn’t manage to get him a textbook. And the website where he could get the math problems isn’t functioning tonight. So, we’re stuck.
You want me to care about some nearly $500 million bond where I’m going to pay more on my property taxes despite having a stagnant income for the past five-plus years? Try simply doing the basics you should do. I’d support you if you could manage that.
I recognize I’m not the vote you’re after. You’re after liberals who more enthusiastically vote for public education to push you past small margin you're after. But maybe you can make it easier on liberals who have a discerning vote? I’d like that. I don’t like voting against school stuff. But so far, you’ve earned my no vote.