Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
News >  Education

Portland schools expanding music options for bus drivers

Associated Press

PORTLAND – Portland Public Schools bus drivers will have an expanded menu of listening options this school year.

The district drew criticism from some parents after a March directive limited drivers to radio stations that played pop, country and jazz. The district banned talk radio, religious stations and rap music, the latter of which led to allegations of racism.

District spokeswoman Courtney Westling says the intention was to limit student exposure to violent lyrics and religious teachings. She says the district is revising its guidance to drivers and it will be more inclusive of different genres.

Portland and rap music have had a strained relationship in recent years, with complaints that police target hip-hop clubs.

Portland Public Schools, however, was enough of a supporter to approve a hip-hop themed charter school. Poor planning by the organizers caused the school to be shut down shortly before its scheduled opening.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Active Person

Subscribe now to get breaking news alerts in your email inbox

Get breaking news delivered to your inbox as it happens.