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Democrat U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley Trounces Monica Wehby as Republicans Take Control

Jeff Merkley

Republicans just took control of the U.S. Senate tonight, but you wouldn’t know it standing in the Billiard Room of the Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland, where dozens of supporters of GOP Senate candidate Dr. Monica Wehby listened to Wehby give her concession around 8:45 p.m."I guess God wants me to be a pediatric neurosurgeon for a little longer," she told a mostly subdued...   More
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Are You Smarter Than a Third Grader? Smarter Balanced Practice Test Flummoxes Teachers and Parents


This year, Oregon school districts will be administering the so-called Smarter Balanced Assessments in English and math to Oregon schoolchildren as part of a nationwide movement. It's all supposedly to raise achievement levels for kids and teachers.The tests—part of the Common Core State Stand...   More
Monday, November 3, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Nonprofit Launches Website on Oregon Campaign Finance

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Curious about spending on upcoming elections? Tired of wading through ORESTAR, the online campaign finance database from the O...   More
Friday, October 31, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Michael Bloomberg and John Arnold Give an Additional $1.3 Million to Open Primaries


Billionaires Michael Bloomberg of New York and John Arnold of Texas have just given the Vote Yes on 90 campaign new big checks to support the drive for open primaries in Oregon.State election filings today show Bloomberg, New York City's former mayor, recently gave an additional $280,000 to the cause, bringing his pro-90 total to more than $1.9 million.Arnold, an energy trader who on...   More
Thursday, October 30, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Portland Public Schools' Confidentiality Agreement is "Under Review"


Portland Public Schools has hit pause on a plan to ask district office employees to sign a sweeping confidentiality agreement that one expert called unenforceable."Th...   More
Thursday, October 30, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

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Rich white men alter the campaign finance landscape in Oregon’s 2014 campaign.

What name sends chills down the backs of liberal Portland politicos? We don’t need a poll to tell us it’s Koch. Billionaires Charles and David Koch are at the top of the list of conservative,    More
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Cougar Burleigh's Death: Portland Police Decline to Release Records

"Detectives are continuing to look for evidence," but still don't consider his death a crime.


Portland Police have so far declined to release records, including recordings of any 9-1-1 calls, concerning the incident on the Burnside Bridge that caused 38-year-old Cougar Burleigh...   More
Thursday, October 23, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

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
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