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Suspended Disbelief

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


Schools
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

State Finds Portland Public Schools Violating State Law By Offering Too Little Instructional Time for High School Students

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The Oregon Department of Education today released a sharply worded report that found Portland Public Schools fails to provide its high school students with minimum instructional requirements under Oregon law.

In his report, Rob Saxton, the state deputy su...   More
 
Thursday, March 13, 2014 by RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Book It For Next Year

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


Schools
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

Grade: Incomplete

Portland Public Schools is months behind in releasing its progress report on helping minority students.


Schools
Portland Public Schools managed to get reports cards out this week to its 47,000 students, who may wonder (along with hovering parents) how well they’re performing. Don’t expect the same for   More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Starting A College Stampede

A Franklin High program getting more kids into higher ed still awaits school-district funding.


News Stories
Giant white sheets of paper cover the walls of Susan Anglada Bartley’s Advanced Placement English classroom at Franklin High School, the long pages listing the 88 seniors in her classes, the c   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Hotseat: Don Gavitte

A fed-up Portland teacher campaigns to take Salem to school.


Q & A
Don Gavitte’s classroom walls are covered in college pennants: Stanford, Marquette, Hunter, Barnard, Oregon. All sent by grateful former students. They are banners of Gavitte’s success. Gavi   More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Strike Force

History and hard feelings in Portland teacher union talks.


News Stories
Teachers are putting up decorations and kids are learning holiday songs, but there’s not a lot of cheer at Portland Public Schools right now. Contract talks between teachers and the district   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Fast Times at PPS High

A coalition of parents alleges that cuts in high-school classroom hours violate Oregon law.


News Stories
When it comes to the number of hours students spend in the classroom, Oregon is already near the bottom of the barrel. It’s especially bad in the Portland Public Schools, where fewer than 20 p   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Parent Group Opposing School Suspensions Will Hold Conference Saturday

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Parents and activists trying to change schools' approach to disciplining children via suspension and expulsion will gather on Saturday in Northeast Portland.

The National Week of Action on School Pushout
launches Saturday, September 28, 2013, with conference at Concordia University at 2811 NE Holman from 10 am to 4 pm.

For the fourth year in a row, the Portland Paren...   More
 
Friday, September 27, 2013 by RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Expel Check

Portland Public Schools has spent millions to help stop racial profiling of students in discipline cases. The problem is getting worse.


Cover Story
Kwame Briggs knows how his son feels. Briggs, 36, says he often spent time in the principal’s office and detention when he attended Portland Public Schools in the 1990s. He admits he was no    More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY
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