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High School Redesign: Benson to Get a New Principal

Steve Olczak

The Benson Polytechnic High School principal who played the awkward role of leading Benson even as his boss, Superintendent Carole Smith, worked to strip the career-focused school of many of its programs, will retire at the end of the school year.Now advocates for Benson are scrambling to make sure their voices are heard as Smith searches for Steve Olczak's replacement as the storied school's next...   More
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Portlanders for Schools Launch Television Ads

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Portlanders for Schools, flush with cash for two campaigns to increase property taxes for schools, today launched two TV ads designed to provoke maximum sympathy for the multimillion-dollar measures. (Sidenote: The ...   More
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Portland Teachers Meet to Discuss Critical High School Question

One part of Portland Public Schools' new two-year contract with its teachers union is supposed to save the financially starved district $4 million a year by increasing high-school teachers' workload.But that fea...   More
Monday, April 18, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Brad Avakian Announces Run for David Wu's Congressional Seat

In a carefully worded email to supporters late Sunday night, state Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian obliquely announced he will challenge U.S. Rep. David Wu in the 2012 Democratic primary for Oregon's 1st Congressional District."Over the past several months, I've heard from many leaders and citizens asking me to consider running for Congress - to give Northwest Oregon the tough, effective leader...   More
Sunday, April 17, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Commissioner Fritz Will Seek a Second Term


Commissioner Amanda Fritz announced this morning she will seek a second term next year on Portland's City Council even though Portlanders voted last November to kill public-campaign finance, a cornerstone of Fritz's previous bids to win a council seat.Fritz, a former psychiatric nurse, will make her formal declaration at a lunchtime panel at the Oregon Nurses Association's statewide convention tod...   More
Friday, April 15, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Tax Campaign for Schools Crosses Million-Dollar Mark

School 2.0

The campaign committee supporting the two Portland Public Schools tax measures on the May 17 ballot has raised at least $1 million to urge passage of the large levies, a consultant for the campaign announced yesterday.Online election records f...   More
Friday, April 15, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

David Wu Makes Strong Fundraising Showing But Fails to Retire Most Campaign Debt


U.S. Rep. David Wu has announced he's raised $219,000 in the first quarter of 2011, a key barometer for the troubled Democratic congressman as he faces a strong prospect of a tough opponent in his party's primary next year.Yet Wu's numbers also show he has not retired nearly $50,000 in previous campaign debt. Though campaign debt can be carried forward indefinitely, that means Wu's $219,000 figure...   More
Friday, April 15, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: The Agenda Behind the Agenda, April 13

Portland City Council March 16

Topics on the agenda at Portland City Hall this morning include an update on the Bike Plan for 2030, a $105,000 pay claim, additional city funding for Hooper Detox and a $50,000 grant for Janus Youth Programs.
Here's a breakdown:Bike Plan for 2030: More than a year ago, on F...   More
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Kicked To The Curb

Why green Portland doesn’t recycle food waste citywide yet.

City Hall
A pilot program in Portland to collect food waste separately from residential garbage won’t expand to include the entire city this spring as expected. Two new Portland garbage transfer facilities   More
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Charter School Suspends Classes Due to Financial Problems (Updated)

Trillium Charter School

Trillium Charter School, a K-12 facility in North Portland that serves 350 students, has suspended classes temporarily because of financial difficulties.
In an online message to parents at Trillium, officials with the school say scarce resources and insufficient financial controls created the pro...   More
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

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