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Loss of Principals

The Portland School District is seeing large turnover—and increasing drama—among the heads of its schools.

On paper, Sara Gandarilla seemed the perfect fit for Rigler Elementary School. Gandarilla—who took over as Rigler principal last fall—came armed with four years of bilingual teaching exper   More
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Cheat Sheet

Our look at uncontested 2015 School Board races.

WW doesn’t offer endorsements in uncontested races. But here’s a glimpse at who else is running in local school board races. Portland Public Schools Zone 7, Southeast Portland Mike Rose   More
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Portland School Board Overturns Superintendent's Basketball Ruling, Gives Girls Equal Footing


In a stinging rebuke of Superintendent Carole Smith, the Portland School Board voted 5-0 Tuesday night to overturn Smith's rejection of a mother's Title IX complaint against the district.The board's decision clears the way for a new way of scheduling boys and girls basket...   More
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Another Portland Public Schools Principal Out on Leave

Rigler Elementary is the latest affected by PPS's tumult


Portland Public Schools officials announced Friday morning that Sara Gandarilla, Rigler Elementary School's first-year principal, is going out on medical leave and won't be returning to the school this year or next.
The announcement—following weeks of complaints from teachers about Gandarilla—is just the latest from PPS concerning the abrupt departure of a principal.&nbsp...   More
Friday, April 24, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Kelly Principal Won't Return to Southeast Portland School

Accused but not charged with domestic violence, Marti Diaz remains on paid leave


Portland Public Schools has announced Marti Diaz won't be returning to Kelly Elementary School as principal this year or next.
But the uncertainty continues for Diaz, who was arrested Oct. 30 for fourth-degree assault on her partner but never charged with any crime. Po...   More
Thursday, April 23, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

PlayDate PDX: Sock Party

Bar Reviews
If you’re a member of the muffin-top set, you’ve no doubt read the headlines about PlayDate PDX (1434 NW 17th Ave., 227-7529, playdatepdx.com), the popular indoor playground and drinkery with a    More
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

PCC President Jeremy Brown Seeks Job in Arkansas


The president of Portland Community College, Jeremy Brown, is an applicant for a chancellor job in Arkansas.
Brown is among 54 candidates seeking the job at Mid-South Community College ...   More
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Remember Portland's $5 Million Gift to Portland Public Schools?

Former Mayor Sam Adams' 2012 rescue will now cost PPS $4.5 million.


Former Mayor Sam Adams made a major splash in 2012 when he announced he would prop up local school district budgets with $7 million in city funds, including $5 million specifically earmarked for Portland Public Schools.
At PPS, Superintendent Carole Smith, school board members and the Portland Association of Teachers union applauded the rescue, crediting it    More
Monday, April 20, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Reed Student Jeremiah True Arrested on Allegations of Sex Abuse, Disorderly Conduct


Portland police last night arrested Jeremiah True, the Reed College student who drew national attention to campus last month for his increasingly bizarre free speech protests.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office    More
Friday, April 17, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC


Washington state offers an alternative to sending parents to prison. Is Oregon willing to try it?

News Stories
Michelle Newell busted up her family in 2010 with a repeat conviction for writing bad checks to cover a drug habit. The state sent her to Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Ore   More
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

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