Education leaders in Portland, Ore., are moving away from a liberal 30-year-old school-choice policy and a recent trend toward smaller schools. Officials are considering a return to large, neighborhood schools that offer broader access for students to high-level curricula. While officials say current policies have led to schools that are segregated by race and income, many parents are upset about the proposed reorganization, protesting the potential closure of successful programs and questioning whether the changes will improve student achievement.

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