Sophomores played cards as they studied one morning last week at the park across from Cleveland High School. It was their free period, and they couldnt use the library because testing was under way. The high school schedules are mired in politics, teacher workload issues and district budget priorities. Undated photo. (Christopher Onstott/Portland Tribune)

Free time leads to play time in schools

Portland high schoolers have one to five “free periods” during their school day per week in the form of early dismissals, late arrivals, fre…