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David Douglas School District Hires Mystery Shoppers

'Shoppers' have been issuing evaluations of schools' customer service since September

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The David Douglas School District in Southeast Portland embarked this school year on an unusual project for getting feedback about their schools and facilities.
The 11,000-student district hired "mystery shoppers" from Advanced Feedback, a San Diego-based company, to gather information on employees' ...   More
 
Monday, January 5, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Brushed Aside

Two public schools in Portland find the city has cut them out of arts-tax money.


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Leah Maurer is a Portland mother of three, ages 3, 7 and 9. That means she knows a lot about teaching how to share. The city of Portland? Less so. Portland voters approved the city’s arts ta   More
 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Hotseat: Darius Rejali

A Reed College expert says the debate over U.S.-Sponsored torture overlooks its toll on those who carry it out.


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Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee published a scathing report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of torture after 9/11. The report found that, contrary to CIA cl   More
 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Seattle Teacher Who Helped Lead Testing Boycott Visits Portland

Editor of "More than a Score," Jesse Hagopian will speak at Powell's Sunday

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Jesse Hagopian, a Seattle high school teacher with a nationwide following for his successful protests against standardized tests, will visit Portland on Sunday to discuss    More
 
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

A Gay Christmas Tree? Northeast Portland Man Uses Boy Scouts' Recycling Drive to Push Change


Wesley Murph, a 40-year-old Portlander in the Sabin neighborhood, wants the Boy Scouts of America to end its policy banning gay leaders.So he's taking an unusual stand.Friday, he hauled his Christmas tree to his driveway for recycling by a local Boy Scouts troop. He also attached a sign to the tree.Dear B...   More
 
Monday, December 29, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Darius Rejali: Reed College Professor and Torture Expert Talks About The Trauma To Interrogators

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Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee released a scathing report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of torture after Sept. 11. It found, among other things, that harsh interrogation techniques   More
 
Friday, December 26, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Department of Corrections Officials Grant Reprieve to Successful Family Program

The Family Preservation Project at Coffee Creek Correction Facility had been on the chopping block

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Two week ago, WW wrote about a prison rehabilitation program that really works—just in time for the Oregon Department of Corrections&...   More
 
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Random Act of Kindness in a Multnomah County Courthouse Causes a Stir

Lawyer Colin M. Murphy pays stranger's restitution so man can avoid felony

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Lawrence Taylor, a Portland defense attorney, says it's the most amazing thing he's seen in 22 years of practice.Thursday, Taylor's 27-year-old client, Castor Conley, was facing a felony conviction for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle if he couldn't come up with $983 in restitution for his victim.Colin M. Murphy, a lawyer in Judge Stephen Bushong's chamber that day on an en...   More
 
Monday, December 22, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Portland School Board: Mike Rosen to Challenge Greg Belisle

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Mike Rosen, a parent activist in Southeast Portland, announced today that he would challenge incumbent Greg Belisle for a position on the Portland School Board.The Portland Tribune was the first to...   More
 
Thursday, December 18, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Central Catholic Parts Ways with Second Football Coach

Action comes after story showed the assistant coach had faced sexual misconduct allegations at prior school

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Central Catholic High School, responding to a story in WW today, announced that it would no longer employ an assistant football coach who had worked at Central Catholic for four years despite having faced allegations of sexual misconduct at a prior school.
The coach, J...   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC
 

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