It's that time again... the Mercury and the Bus Project are hosting another BREWHAHA: Democracy and Drinks event!!!

This time: How do we fix Portland Public Schools? In the midst of a bitter debate about whether or not to close high schools, and how to run the ones we keep, the Mercury invites you to witness a panel of experts battle it out, high-school debate style.

Its like class, only with more beer
  • It's like class, only with more beer
Portland Public Schools is considering a drastic overhaul of its high school system that would close two or three neighborhood campuses and convert them to much smaller magnet schools. Officials say we need change in order to shrink the racial and economic achievement gap. Some parents say, "Don't close our school, period."

This is a conversation that's been going on for months, riddled with talking points and PowerPoints and sticking points. Come help derail the debate and send it off in new directions, discussing what really matters to Portland residents.

We'll be submitting six panelists to a barrage of questions, some serious and some not, about what the future of Portland's high schools should look like. The audience gets to vote on whose argument is most persuasive. Are you a high school student? Parent? Friend? Teacher? Come in to heckle, stay for the fine beverages.

This event is a week from today, Wednesday the 3rd of March at 7 pm, at Backspace Gallery, 115 NW 5th Ave.

Panelists include:
• David Wynde, Portland Board of Education
• Rita Moore, equity activist and former Board candidate
• Frank Cappuccio, Grant High School parent
• Xavier Botana, Chief Academic Officer, Portland Public Schools
• Dave Hamilton, Principal, Pauling Academy
• Nancy Smith, Teacher, Beaverton Public Schools

Also featuring a SURPRISE GUEST!!! And remember, these panelists won't be saying the things they're used to saying.

7:00 PM
115 NW 5TH AVE