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Portland Superintendent Carole Smith Proposes Ending Neighborhood Transfer Lottery


Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith will recommend ending neighborhood-to-neighborhood lottery transfers among K-8 students Tuesday night—a proposal aimed at achieving greater equity and balancing enrollment among elementary, K-8 and middle schools.Smith's proposal to the school board follows a recent report from a volunteer committee that studied two intertwined issues: <...   More
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Central Catholic Says Coach Patrick Jay Wallace Won't Return Next Year


Central Catholic High School today announced that freshman football coach Patrick Jay Wallace is finished at the prep football powerhouse."We have informed Jay that he will not be offered a coaching position at Central Catholic next year nor in subsequent years to come," Central Catholic president John Harrington tells WW. "Jay has never been a member of the teaching st...   More
Monday, November 24, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Sellwood Middle School Held Student Body Election for Only Students of Color

Sellwood's principal today sent a letter to parents about the 2011-12 incident to resolve U.S. Office for Civil Rights complaint


It's not every day that the feds investigate student council races at middle schools.
Portland Public Schools today is making amends for a March 2012 decision at Sellwood Middle School to hold a student council election open only to students of color in an attempt to increase minority representation on the school's council.
Thursday, Principal Brian Anderson wrote to ...   More
Thursday, November 20, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Off-Field Pursuits

A Central Catholic football coach was previously fired over sexual misconduct allegations.

Seventeen years ago, David Douglas High School fired its varsity girls’ softball coach after a 16-year-old player accused him of sexually assaulting her during a trip to a summer tournament in   More
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Police Investigating Sex Filming at Grant High School


The sex crimes unit in the Portland Police Bureau has launched an investigation at Grant High School, where an undisclosed number of students allegedly filmed sexual activity among minors, police said Monday.  A news release from the police says the filming took place on and off campus. No arrests have been made. Filming or photographing sex acts among minors—even c...   More
Monday, November 17, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Portland Principal Put on Paid Leave After Domestic Violence Arrest


Portland Public Schools announced two weeks ago that it placed the principal of Kelly Elementary School in the Lents neighborhood on paid administrative leave Oct. 30. But it offered no other details, telling The Portland Tribune it was a    More
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

OEA Offers Guidance to Teachers on Opting Out of Standardized Tests

Glencoe Elementary School

The statewide teachers union, Oregon Education Association, is offering guidance to teachers on the increasingly popular practice of students' opting out of standardized tests.The fall 2014 issue of Today's OEA, a magazine for OEA membe...   More
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Portland Public Schools' Transfer Policies: 5 Things to Know about Proposed Changes

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The Portland School Board will hear a proposal tonight on substantial changes to the district's transfer policies.Right now, families in Portland Public Schools don't have to send their children to the schools nearest to their homes. Instead, they can enter an ...   More
Monday, November 10, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Cougar Burleigh's Death: Medical Examiner Changes Ruling to Homicide


The Multnomah County Medical Examiner's office says it will amend the death certificate today of the 38-year-old Olympia man who died Oct. 14 after an incident on the Burnside Bridge. Cougar Burleigh's death will now be ruled a homicide, and police detectives are now pursuing a homicide investigation.The developments mark a significant reversal from just a few weeks earlier when...   More
Friday, November 7, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Roosevelt High Cafeteria Worker Refuses to Give Student Lunch After Online Complaint About Food

Student's mother calls it "retaliation" for mother's Facebook post


These cheese sticks looked disgusting.The lunch Roosevelt High School junior April Ehrman says her school's cafeteria served her last week was so bad, she took photos of it with her phone. "The cheese had come completely out of the bread and the cheese was as hard as plastic," she says.Her mother, Samantha Ehrman, later posted the photos to a St. Johns Facebook group with a no...   More
Thursday, November 6, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

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