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Portland Public Schools Seeks Broad Confidentiality Agreements from Employees

"This is the kind of thing maybe the CIA could get away with," says one open-government expert.


Portland Public Schools may want to rethink its name. This month the state’s largest school district is requiring certain employees sign a non-disclosure agreement that bars them from discussing confidential information from PPS under penalty of being fired. “Confidential” usually me...   More
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Testing Their Patience

A group of students is dragging down ratings of a school in a historically black neighborhood. They’re white.

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Kim Wilson considers herself a conscientious objector. It’s not war she is opposing, although she does feel children today are under attack. She objects to standardized tests. Last year, Wilson,   More
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Greg Belisle Gets New Job, Complicating Role on Portland School Board


Portland Public Schools board member Greg Belisle this month accepted a job with Multnomah County helping to run SUN Community Schools. The new $64,000-per-year position as a senior program specialist comes with challenges for Belisle, who first won election to the board in 2011.PPS doesn't allow employees of the dis...   More
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Olympia Man Dies After Injury that Left Him Naked Near Burnside Bridge

Family says a crime occurred. Police say there's no evidence of that.


Family and friends of a 38-year-old Olympia, Wash., man who died Oct. 14 as a result of a severe head wound say Portland Police are declining to investigate the man's death as a homicide, even though he was found injured and at least partially unclothed near the Burnside Bridge in the early hours of Oct. 12.Cougar Burleigh, the Olympia, Wash., victim, was in Portland vi...   More
Thursday, October 16, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Campaign for PPS Levy Sets No Limits on Contributions


The campaign to renew Portland Public Schools’ five-year local option levy is soliciting donations to the same war chest that paid for the district’s success...   More
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Glencoe Elementary School Parents Fume Over Principal Switcheroo

Southeast Portland School Will Have 5 Principals in 15 Months

Glencoe Elementary School

Glencoe Elementary School parents are furious about the unexpected departure of a newly hired principal, whose sudden exit will leave the Southeast Portland school with five different principals in a 15-month period. Their anger points to a larger problem in    More
Monday, October 13, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Black. Special Ed. Punished.

The Portland schools’ discipline rate against black students in special education brings sanctions from the state.

J.’s mother is the first to tell you her fifth-grader isn’t perfect. He entered pre-kindergarten at Irvington Elementary School with a host of troubles that made it hard for him to express   More
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Public Schools' Board Adopts Protocol for Members over Steve Buel's Objections

School 2.0

Did "Portland nice" just get nicer?Last night, Portland Public Schools' Board of Education voted to adopt protocols for guiding members' best behavior.Among the suggestions?"Board members should refrain from personally criticizing another board member or district staff in public," the guidelines rea...   More
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

U.S. Supreme Court Clears a Win for Gay Marriage


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear appeals of five states' gay marriage laws, paving the way for wider victories for same-sex marriage.The move has implications for more than just the five states of Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisc...   More
Monday, October 6, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Updated: State Hits Portland Public Schools With Penalties Over Disproportionate Discipline of African-American Students in Special Ed

expel check

The Oregon Department of Education is fining Portland Public Schools for suspending and expelling a disproportionate number of special education students who are also African American.PPS officials were unable late Wednesday night to say exactly how much money the district will lose in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years — the time frame for the sanction — but the figure is likely to b...   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

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