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Carole Smith, PPS Superintendent, Signals Shift Away from K-8s

"The predominant configuration will be K-5 and middle school," she says.

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Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith stood before a group of school volunteers last week and signaled the end of PPS's decade-long experiment with K-8 schools. Sort of."What we’re looking at is, 'Where do we have the buildings that could actually house a K-8?'" Smith told volunteers with the    More
 
Thursday, June 4, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Pole Position

Candidate Charlie Hales promised to do something about cellphone towers. As mayor, it’s been a different story.


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When Darrell Yuen and Beth Collins moved to Portland from New York City in 2010, they thought they had found a dream home. Their 1929 Cape Cod-style house sits about a block from Mt. Tabor Park,   More
 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Sellwood Cycle Owner Mulls City Council Run Against Steve Novick

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Portland Commissioner Steve Novick may have another opponent in his 2016 re-election campaign. Erik Tonkin, the 40-year-old owner of Sellwood Cycle Repair, says leaders in the bicycle community and others have approached him about running for Novick’s seat. The small business owner (no relation to the family of car dealers...   More
 
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Kiddie Trouble

A Pearl District Child Care Center Comes Under Scrutiny For Lack of Staffing


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To Megan Bergstrom, it was chaos. She had a howling 4-month-old girl strapped to her in an Eddie Bauer carrier while the eight other children she was responsible for watching—all under the a   More
 
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

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
 

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