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2015 Portland School Board Election: Tom Koehler Donates $1,500 to Amy Kohnstamm

Zone 3 race breaks $200,000 mark.

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The Portland Public Schools board race between three-term incumbent Bobbie Regan and challenger Amy Kohnstamm may be the most expensive in history.
A week out from the May 19 election, the two have raised a combined $211,000. (Two other challengers in the race, Gretchen Hollands and Wes Soderback, haven't raised any money.)Regan and Kohnstamm continue the battle for endors...   More
 
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

All Light, No Heat

The state allows scofflaw tanning salons to remain operating.


News Stories
The thousands of Oregonians who use tanning salons to get bronzed expect the facilities to follow the state’s health and safety rules. Most salons do. However, state records show there’s   More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

'Community Service' at César Chávez K-8 School Hit Black Students Disproportionately

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Data newly released to WW show black students were twice as likely as Latino students and nearly three times as likely as white students to be punished with cleaning duties at César Chávez K-8 School under the school’s now suspended “community service” program.WW first    More
 
Friday, May 1, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Mayor Charlie Hales Announces New Deal for Right 2 Dream Too

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Mayor Charlie Hales announced Wednesday a deal to move the Old Town/Chinatown homeless camp known as Right 2 Dream Too to the Central Eastside Industrial District.
The announcement—though not yet finalized—could cap nearly four years of high-drama negotiations that have surrounded Right 2 Dream Too since it popped up at the gates of Chinatown in 2011. That's if leaders in the ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Loss of Principals

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


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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.


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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

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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

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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

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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


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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
 

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