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Loss of Principals

The Portland School District is seeing large turnover—and increasing drama—among the heads of its schools.


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On paper, Sara Gandarilla seemed the perfect fit for Rigler Elementary School. Gandarilla—who took over as Rigler principal last fall—came armed with four years of bilingual teaching exper   More
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Help For Her Friends

Portland schools boss delivers pay hikes to officials who work for her.


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Last summer, Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith pocketed a nearly 28 percent pay raise, bringing her annual salary to $247,000.  At the time, most Portland School Board   More
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Ladies First

Why do Portland schools treat girls’ basketball as second rate?


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Maddy Horn had a great season as point guard for her Wilson High School girls’ varsity basketball team, winning co-MVP. The senior says she and her teammates worked just as hard as the Wilson    More
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

No Se Habla

A diversity training session for Spanish-speaking parents in Portland Public Schools was missing just one thing: Spanish.


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On the evening of Jan. 27, about 50 parents from three Southeast Portland schools gathered at Creative Science School to learn how to overcome racial barriers. The session, called “Beyond    More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Supermess

Portland Public Schools must decide what to do with a principal arrested for—but not charged with—domestic violence.


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In the Portland Public Schools firmament, few stars shined as brightly as Marti Diaz. The former teacher rose to the position of principal at Southeast Portland’s Kelly Elementary School in    More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Sidestepped

Why are the Jefferson Dancers—from Portland’s majority-black high school—mostly white?


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The Jan. 19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration at Northeast Portland’s Highland Christian Center had all the trappings of a typical commemoration for the civil rights leader. Crowds fil   More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Off-Field Pursuits

A Central Catholic football coach was previously fired over sexual misconduct allegations.


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Seventeen years ago, David Douglas High School fired its varsity girls’ softball coach after a 16-year-old player accused him of sexually assaulting her during a trip to a summer tournament in   More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Black. Special Ed. Punished.

The Portland schools’ discipline rate against black students in special education brings sanctions from the state.


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J.’s mother is the first to tell you her fifth-grader isn’t perfect. He entered pre-kindergarten at Irvington Elementary School with a host of troubles that made it hard for him to express   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Suspended Disbelief

A community group calls on PPS to end disciplinary practices that keep kids out of school.


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Sheila Warren says she’s fed up. For years now, she and others have been asking Portland Public Schools to change the way it disciplines students who get into trouble. She’s written lett   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Book It For Next Year

Portland Public Schools delayed a key reading program to focus on contract talks.


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Amid the angst over whether the Portland Association of Teachers would go on strike Feb. 20, Portland Public Schools’ central administration put a hold on one of its key priorities—getting s   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY
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