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Portland School Board Splits 3-3 on Salary Audit

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A resolution to audit administrative salaries in Portland Public Schools failed Tuesday night on a 3-3 vote, but supporters are vowing to bring it back after the May 19 election when a new school board would likely approve it.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Portland Public Schools Board Members Push for Audit of Central Office Salaries

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Three members of the Portland Public Schools board of education want the school district to immediately audit central-office salaries, following a report in WW on April 1 that Superintendent Carole Smith was handing out hefty pay raises to her closest staff.The t...   More
 
Monday, April 13, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Buckman Elementary Principal Leaves Temporarily, Cites "Health"

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Principal churn in Portland Public Schools continues. Last Monday, parents at Buckman Elementary School in Southeast Portland learned the principal who started in fall 2014, Robin Morrison, is taking a temporary leave. In an email to parents the principal cited health reasons.Morrison ...   More
 
Friday, April 10, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Bad Boy

Steve Buel is cranky, irritating, stubborn—and a surprising force for change in Portland Public Schools.


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Greg Belisle demanded an answer. Steve Buel refused to give him one. It was Jan. 27, 2014, and Belisle was holding the gavel as co-chairman of the Portland Public Schools board. He and the oth   More
 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Wilson High Principal Reinstates Teachers in 'Initiation Activity' Case

The school's principal earlier said the incidents involved hazing.

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Wilson High School principal Brian Chatard announced Tuesday the conclusion of his investigation into a classroom 'initiation' that put three teachers on paid administrative leave in February.
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Portland School Board Members React to Administrator Salary Increases

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It started as a heads up. It ended as a head butt.
Sean Murray, chief human resources officer for Portland Public Schools, sent an email to school board members Tuesday alerting them to his interview with WW about salary increases among top administrators earlier in the day.    More
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Help For Her Friends

Portland schools boss delivers pay hikes to officials who work for her.


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Last summer, Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith pocketed a nearly 28 percent pay raise, bringing her annual salary to $247,000.  At the time, most Portland School Board   More
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

2015 Portland School Board Election: Teachers Union Makes Endorsements

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The March 19 filing deadline to run for Portland Public Schools' Board of Education has passed, and a crucial set of endorsements is already in. The Portland Association of Teachers, a union whose influence and money candidates covet, has issued its endorsements.Four seats on the seven-member board are up for grabs on May 19.In Southwest Portland's Zone 1, the ...   More
 
Friday, March 27, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

The Daily Beast Dissects Reed College's 'Spring Crisis'

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The Daily Beast this morning dissects the story of Jeremiah True's "rape culture" jeremiad on the Reed College campus.
The piece—written by a Reed graduate—captures the college's unique culture. "The school tends to draw...   More
 
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Reed Student's Banishment Story Takes Strange Twist

Jeremiah True says he was banished for controversial views on rape; recent interviews cast new light

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The story of the Reed College student who claimed he was booted from Humanities 110 for his controversial views on rape lit up the Internet Thursday after    More
 
Friday, March 20, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC
 

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