November 12th, 2009 | by BETH SLOVIC News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Schools

Minnesota School District Looks To Portland For Superintendent

Hopson

Charles Hopson, deputy superintendent for Portland Public Schools, is one of six semifinalists for the job of superintendent of St. Paul Public Schools in Minnesota, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Before his promotion to deputy superintendent earlier this year, Hopson was named an "area director" for the district in 2008. Prior to that he was principal of Franklin High School in Southeast Portland, which in 2007 earned the distinction (along with Lincoln High School) of becoming the first high school in the Portland district to meet all of the requirements of the 2002 No Child Left Behind law.

Hopson, who is African-American, spoke last month at the City Club of Portland, on "the state of black Oregon." In a 2006 WW story on an undocumented Franklin student who dreamed of going to Reed College, Hopson defended what some still consider a controversial matter. ""I will not deny the fact that we have certain percentages of students who are undocumented," Hopson told WW then. "But I don't even entertain arguments about who we should educate."

St. Paul has about 38,500 students. Portland Public Schools has 47,000. Photo of Hopson from 2006 by Leah Nash
 
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