beat us to following up on a tip from yesterday that Portland Public Schools' top administrators are at the Oregon coast
for a three-day retreat. Teachers, meantime, are pounding the pavement for the Yes on Measures 66 and 67 campaign, according to the Portland Association of Teachers union.
A private donor gave a cash donation to cover the $400-a-night beach house for administrators, says district spokesman Matt Shelby. The cost of the trip to taxpayers comes in the form of staff time, Shelby says. A total of 13 people are attending the retreat. (Some are staying at a second house owned by a PPS staffer.)
Among the topics for the retreat? The district's budget.
Here's the agenda, according to PPS:
Milestones mid-year review
-Presentation of early data on progress towards Milestones
-Group discussion: What is working and what actions need to be taken to improve, if any.
Department goals mid-year review
-Goals status presentation by each committee member
-Overall assessment: On track/off track, what needs to change?
Preliminary budget priorities
-Key objectives for 2010-11
-Identifying major pieces of work that need to move in the next 12 months
Budget philosophy development: identifying pros/cons of key trade-offs
High School System Design
-Building consensus on scope of change
-Identify key trade-offs
-Summarize what was learned
-Identify next steps from last two days
Photo of ostrich with head dangerously close to sand, by Pedronet.