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Bobbie Regan, Ousted PPS Board Member, Loaned Herself $45,000 In Her Re-Election Bid

Regan spent nearly $180,000 trying to fend off challenger Amy Kohnstamm

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Ouch.
Updated election spending reports show Bobbie Regan, who narrowly lost her seat on the Portland Public Schools board of education Tuesday, sank $45,810 of her own money into her losing race.
The loan brought Regan's fundraising to...   More
 
Friday, May 22, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Kohnstamm Beats Regan for PPS Board—Plus Other Schools Election Results

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Amy Carlsen Kohnstamm beat three-time incumbent Bobbie Regan for a seat on Portland Public Schools board in the most contentious and expensive race in this year's election.

Kohnstamm won 44 percent of the vote compared to Regan's 41 percent. Two other candidates split the remaining vote.
Kohnstamm's won't be the only new face on the PPS board. Last night's election ushered ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

The Portland Thorn

Steve Novick charmed voters with his prickly brilliance, gumption and wit. The bloom is off.


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Back when Steve Novick was in grade school, teachers were still allowed to spank troublesome students. Novick was in fifth grade when his teacher asked his mother for permission to paddle the    More
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Portland School Board Election 2015: Esparza Brown, Anthony and Kohnstamm Lead

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Julie Esparza Brown, Paul Anthony and Amy Kohnstamm, candidates for Portland Public Schools' Board of Education, are leading in initial election results from Multnomah County's elections division.But the race between Kohnstamm and Bobbie Regan, a three-term incumbent, is the closest. Early results put Kohnstamm's lead at 13,536 votes to Regan's 11,527.Esparz...   More
 
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

PCC Fires President Jeremy Brown

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The Portland Community College board of directors voted 7-0 Monday night to fire President Jeremy Brown and pay him $300,000 in severance. The move comes less than two years after PCC hired Brown in July 2013. As WW first re...   More
 
Monday, May 18, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

2015 Portland School Board Election: Tom Koehler Donates $1,500 to Amy Kohnstamm

Zone 3 race breaks $200,000 mark.

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The Portland Public Schools board race between three-term incumbent Bobbie Regan and challenger Amy Kohnstamm may be the most expensive in history.
A week out from the May 19 election, the two have raised a combined $211,000. (Two other challengers in the race, Gretchen Hollands and Wes Soderback, haven't raised any money.)Regan and Kohnstamm continue the battle for endors...   More
 
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

All Light, No Heat

The state allows scofflaw tanning salons to remain operating.


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The thousands of Oregonians who use tanning salons to get bronzed expect the facilities to follow the state’s health and safety rules. Most salons do. However, state records show there’s   More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

'Community Service' at César Chávez K-8 School Hit Black Students Disproportionately

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Data newly released to WW show black students were twice as likely as Latino students and nearly three times as likely as white students to be punished with cleaning duties at César Chávez K-8 School under the school’s now suspended “community service” program.WW first    More
 
Friday, May 1, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Mayor Charlie Hales Announces New Deal for Right 2 Dream Too

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Mayor Charlie Hales announced Wednesday a deal to move the Old Town/Chinatown homeless camp known as Right 2 Dream Too to the Central Eastside Industrial District.
The announcement—though not yet finalized—could cap nearly four years of high-drama negotiations that have surrounded Right 2 Dream Too since it popped up at the gates of Chinatown in 2011. That's if leaders in the ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

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
 

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