Oregonian Publisher N. Christian Anderson III  squared off last week against Portlanders for Schools, the campaign group seeking passage of two bond measures on the May 17 ballot that would benefit Portland Public Schools.

Last week, Anderson, who has been publisher of the daily since November of 2009, sent an email [PDF] to Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith about a disagreement between The Oregonian and Portlanders for Schools.

The subject of the disagreement was an ad [PDF] the group submitted to The Oregonian and which Anderson ultimately vetoed. 

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Last month The Oregonian  editorialized against PPS' $548 million capital bond, while supporting a far smaller operating levy. (WW endorsed both measures).

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