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Principals in Portland Public Schools Get Salary Boost

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Portland Public Schools principals are finally getting significant pay raises. As part of the 2015-16 budget that the Portland School Board approved this week, administrators will get raises between 5 and 9 percent on July 1. Specifically that means raises of about 5 ...   More
 
Thursday, June 25, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Downward-Facing Dollar

Under state scrutiny, yoga studios in Portland find themselves twisting into new positions.


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When Michele Loew opened her yoga studio on Southeast Stark Street in 2007, she recruited the best instructors available and paid them for each student they brought in. That’s how many Portland st   More
 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

PPS Job Shuffle Continues as César Chávez Principal Announces Departure

Parents and teachers are putting increasing pressure on Superintendent Carole Smith to stop moving principals around so frequently.

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So far, Portland Public Schools officials have announced 17 new principal placements for the upcoming school year. Several additional changes are in the works, however, including at César Chávez K-8 School.
Lavert Robertson, the current principal at César Chávez, told parents and teachers before sc...   More
 
Friday, June 19, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

School Colors

Students at Wilson High School form a black student union to combat racism. Most of its members are white.


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Breonna Keller-Robbins has heard a lot of comments from fellow students about her race at Wilson High—the whitest of Portland Public Schools’ nine high schools.  Her dad is black, and   More
 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Public Schools Parents Question Timing of Superintendent's Contract Extension

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A short item in the agenda for Monday night's meeting of the Portland Public Schools board set off an online firestorm over the weekend. "Extension of employment contract with Carole Smith, superintendent," the item read. Why the uproar?Smith's been PPS's superintendent since 2007. But in ...   More
 
Monday, June 15, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Records Show Finalist for MESD Job at Center of Former Superintendent's Ouster

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When The Portland Tribune last week broke the news that Parkrose Superintendent Karen Fischer Gray was a finalist for the job as the new superintendent of the Multnomah Education Service District, the newspaper raised quest...   More
 
Thursday, June 11, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Running to Harvard

A David Douglas senior gains admission to a top university—with help from mentors.


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On June 11, Josh Kellebrew will graduate with 545 other classmates from David Douglas, the state’s largest and one of its most diverse high schools. In many ways, Kellebrew blends in at Da   More
 
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Will the Family Preservation Project Get a New Life?

Oregon Department of Corrections cut the program, but the YWCA wants to help bring it back.

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Could the Family Preservation Projectthe innovative parenting program at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility—be coming back?
The Oregon Department of Corrections cut the four-year-old program last year, citing its high cost and limited reach.

It cost about $300...   More
 
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

State Land Use Board Dismisses Challenge to Mountain-Biking Ban

Critics challenged the city of Portland's move to ban biking in River View Natural Area

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Oregon's Land Use Board of Appeals has dismissed a challenge to Portland's ban on mountain biking in the River View Natural Area.City commissioners Amanda Fritz and Nick Fish announced the ban in March, saying the 146-acre natural area adjacent to the Willamette River was home to fragile wildlife and habitat. Starting in mid-March, the city allowed only "passive"...   More
 
Monday, June 8, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

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
 

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