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Ladies First

Why do Portland schools treat girls’ basketball as second rate?

Maddy Horn had a great season as point guard for her Wilson High School girls’ varsity basketball team, winning co-MVP. The senior says she and her teammates worked just as hard as the Wilson    More
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Lies Your Textbooks Tell You About Irish-American History

Portland teacher Bill Bigelow breaks it down.


You're probably wearing green and pining for a Guinness right about now. That's cool. Happy St. Paddy's Day!
But Bill Bigelow, a master educator in Portland who taught at Franklin and Jefferson high schools...   More
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

2015 Portland School Board Election: Gretchen Hollands, a PPS Employee, Joins the Race


A third candidate has jumped into the Zone 3 race for the Portland Public Schools board, and she comes from an unusual place: inside PPS's headquarters.
Gretchen Hollands, a project manager in the district's facilities department, has worked for PPS for seven years. Her husband,...   More
Monday, March 16, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Little Janitors

Portland Public Schools defends student discipline one official compares to an inmate work crew.

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Domingo Martin spent three days in November and December at North Portland’s César Chávez K-8 School cleaning the gym and collecting trash in the school’s foul-smelling restrooms. It was   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Man Vs. Machine

A video poker machine dealt Justin Curzi a strange hand. Now he’s calling the Oregon Lottery’s bluff.

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Justin Curzi pecked the draw button on the Jacks or Better video poker machine. The glow from five game screens lit the maroon walls of the windowless room in the back of Northwest Portland’s    More
Thursday, March 5, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

No Se Habla

A diversity training session for Spanish-speaking parents in Portland Public Schools was missing just one thing: Spanish.

On the evening of Jan. 27, about 50 parents from three Southeast Portland schools gathered at Creative Science School to learn how to overcome racial barriers. The session, called “Beyond    More
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Three Wilson High Teachers Placed on Paid Leave

Principal Brian Chatard reports bullying investigation


Three teachers at Wilson High School in Southwest Portland have been put on paid administrative leave amid a "serious investigation" that involves bullying and hazing, according to the school's principal.Wilson Principal Brian Chatard sent the following email to parents this morning:Dear Wilson families,I want to let you know that I recently learned of some troubling activities that ...   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Ringing the Truth

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One question swirling around former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, concerns the status of their relationship: With criminal investigations ongoing, would getting married pr   More
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Carbon Copy?

A climate-change bill will test Gov. Kate Brown’s independence.

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As Kate Brown takes office as Oregon’s governor, she’ll have little time to consider the whirlwind events that elevated her from her former job as secretary of state. Her first big politic   More
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

2015 Portland School Board Election: Bobbie Regan Files for Re-election, Gets Challenger


This morning brings lots of little tidbits about upcoming Portland School Board elections.Bobbie Regan, who's represented the Lincoln High School cluster since 2003, has filed to run for a fourth four-year term. That kind of longevity is common in the David Douglas School District, but it's unusual in Portland Public Schools. Four seats are up in May, but Regan is the only incum...   More
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

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