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Updated: State Hits Portland Public Schools With Penalties Over Disproportionate Discipline of African-American Students in Special Ed

expel check

The Oregon Department of Education is fining Portland Public Schools for suspending and expelling a disproportionate number of special education students who are also African American.PPS officials were unable late Wednesday night to say exactly how much money the district will lose in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years — the time frame for the sanction — but the figure is likely to b...   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Not Clicking

Sen. Jeff Merkley’s position on Internet taxes puts him at odds with many liberals.

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U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) have a lot in common: blue-collar roots, Ivy League pedigrees and adoring supporters among the nation’s left-wing voters. They   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Democrats File Election Complaint Against Dennis Richardson Campaign


Democrats have filed an election complaint against state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point), the Republican candidate for governor, alleging Richardson illegally traded a contribution for work from the campaign.The complaint stems from a $15,000 donation Richardson acce...   More
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

City Commissioner Amanda Fritz Celebrates Late Husband in Public Ceremony

Commissioner Amanda Fritz

The family of City Commissioner Amanda Fritz will celebrate the life of Dr. Steven Fritz at a public memorial service at Terry Schrunk Plaza downtown this evening. All are invited to attend the 5 p.m. ceremony.Steven Fritz died Wednesday morning in a collision on Interstate 5 on his way to work. He was a psychiatrist at Oregon State Hospital.In a press release about her husband's death, Ama...   More
Sunday, September 28, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Core Values

The usually sleepy Davis Douglas School District faces contested board races.

David Douglas School District, the low-key Southeast Portland educational agency best known for its drama-free governance, will experience something of a historic milestone May 17. For the first t   More
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Cover Story Update: Harun Mustafa to Play with Portland Cello Project

Portland Cello Project

The subject of a 2010 cover story in WW will play three shows with the Portland Cello Project this month.Harun Mustafa, the now 21-year-old subject of last year's piece, was a promising cello player when a single mistake at age 19 sent him to prison for 18 months. During a fig...   More
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: What Mayoral Staffers Make

Mayor Sam Adams releases budget

Mayor Sam Adams released his proposed budget Tuesday. And at a press conference to announce the $400 million-plus package, he touted new efforts to improve services for the homeless, Portland's struggling s...   More
Friday, May 6, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Eileen Brady Nears Announcement on Mayoral Run


Eileen Brady, a co-founder of New Seasons Markets, continues to move toward challenging Mayor Sam Adams in the May 2012 primary.More than a month after first announcing her interest in the race, Brady says she's had conversations with Gov....   More
Thursday, May 5, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Teen Sext

A bill to limit penalties for graphic pictures hits a snag.

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Among the many new laws the Oregon Legislature is considering this session, a revision to penalties for “sexting” between teenagers is proving unexpectedly contentious. Senate Bill 678 would p   More
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Dirt Under the Nails

A beauty trend Oregon tax collectors dislike.

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It often seems that the only thing more common than coffee shops on Portland street corners are neighborhood nail salons. It’s a domain of manicures, pedicures and shellac, and it’s populated by   More
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

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