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Records Show Finalist for MESD Job at Center of Former Superintendent's Ouster

School 2.0

When The Portland Tribune last week broke the news that Parkrose Superintendent Karen Fischer Gray was a finalist for the job as the new superintendent of the Multnomah Education Service District, the newspaper raised quest...   More
Thursday, June 11, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Running to Harvard

A David Douglas senior gains admission to a top university—with help from mentors.

On June 11, Josh Kellebrew will graduate with 545 other classmates from David Douglas, the state’s largest and one of its most diverse high schools. In many ways, Kellebrew blends in at Da   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Will the Family Preservation Project Get a New Life?

Oregon Department of Corrections cut the program, but the YWCA wants to help bring it back.


Could the Family Preservation Projectthe innovative parenting program at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility—be coming back?
The Oregon Department of Corrections cut the four-year-old program last year, citing its high cost and limited reach.

It cost about $300...   More
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

State Land Use Board Dismisses Challenge to Mountain-Biking Ban

Critics challenged the city of Portland's move to ban biking in River View Natural Area


Oregon's Land Use Board of Appeals has dismissed a challenge to Portland's ban on mountain biking in the River View Natural Area.City commissioners Amanda Fritz and Nick Fish announced the ban in March, saying the 146-acre natural area adjacent to the Willamette River was home to fragile wildlife and habitat. Starting in mid-March, the city allowed only "passive"...   More
Monday, June 8, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Carole Smith, PPS Superintendent, Signals Shift Away from K-8s

"The predominant configuration will be K-5 and middle school," she says.


Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith stood before a group of school volunteers last week and signaled the end of PPS's decade-long experiment with K-8 schools. Sort of."What we’re looking at is, 'Where do we have the buildings that could actually house a K-8?'" Smith told volunteers with the    More
Thursday, June 4, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Pole Position

Candidate Charlie Hales promised to do something about cellphone towers. As mayor, it’s been a different story.

News Stories
When Darrell Yuen and Beth Collins moved to Portland from New York City in 2010, they thought they had found a dream home. Their 1929 Cape Cod-style house sits about a block from Mt. Tabor Park,   More
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Sellwood Cycle Owner Mulls City Council Run Against Steve Novick


Portland Commissioner Steve Novick may have another opponent in his 2016 re-election campaign. Erik Tonkin, the 40-year-old owner of Sellwood Cycle Repair, says leaders in the bicycle community and others have approached him about running for Novick’s seat. The small business owner (no relation to the family of car dealers...   More
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Kiddie Trouble

A Pearl District Child Care Center Comes Under Scrutiny For Lack of Staffing

News Stories
To Megan Bergstrom, it was chaos. She had a howling 4-month-old girl strapped to her in an Eddie Bauer carrier while the eight other children she was responsible for watching—all under the a   More
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Bobbie Regan, Ousted PPS Board Member, Loaned Herself $45,000 In Her Re-Election Bid

Regan spent nearly $180,000 trying to fend off challenger Amy Kohnstamm


Updated election spending reports show Bobbie Regan, who narrowly lost her seat on the Portland Public Schools board of education Tuesday, sank $45,810 of her own money into her losing race.
The loan brought Regan's fundraising to...   More
Friday, May 22, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Kohnstamm Beats Regan for PPS Board—Plus Other Schools Election Results


Amy Carlsen Kohnstamm beat three-time incumbent Bobbie Regan for a seat on Portland Public Schools board in the most contentious and expensive race in this year's election.

Kohnstamm won 44 percent of the vote compared to Regan's 41 percent. Two other candidates split the remaining vote.
Kohnstamm's won't be the only new face on the PPS board. Last night's election ushered ...   More
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC
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