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2015 Portland School Board Election: Greg Belisle Won't Run Again


Greg Belisle, a member of the Portland Public Schools Board since 2011, has announced in an email that he will not seek a second term in May.The news isn't entirely surprising. Belisle, who walked onto the board four years ago with zero competition, faced a    More
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Owls Attack Salem Residents—and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Gives a Hoot


Typically when WW writes about owls, we're referring to OWLS, the august Oregon Women Lawyers who push for diversity among the legal ranks, among...   More
Friday, February 6, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC


Portland Public Schools must decide what to do with a principal arrested for—but not charged with—domestic violence.

In the Portland Public Schools firmament, few stars shined as brightly as Marti Diaz. The former teacher rose to the position of principal at Southeast Portland’s Kelly Elementary School in    More
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Kate Brown Draws Heat after Shilling for Comcast


Few companies in Portland—or elsewhere for that matter—generate as much consumer hate as Comcast, the monopolistic cable, Internet and landline provider that charges more for less service than customers get in many other cou...   More
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Portland Public Schools Board Could Vote On New Boundaries by December

Ambitious timeline puts major decisions after school board elections


The volunteer group guiding Portland Public Schools through what's bound to be a contentious redrawing of school boundaries have heard the official word on when their work is supposed to be finished.The timeline is ambitious. It calls for the Portland School Board to vote on n...   More
Monday, January 26, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Oregon Bill Would Expand Parents' Rights to Excuse Kids from Standarized Tests

Rep. Lew Frederick (D-Portland) responds to growing 'opt out' movement


Rep. Lew Frederick (D-Portland) wants parents to be able to opt their children out of standardized tests for any reason, broadening a state law that currently allows opting out for reasons of religion or disability only.House Bill 2714&nbs...   More
Friday, January 23, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Multnomah County Weighs New E-Cigarette and Tobacco Regulations


Multnomah County Commissioners are considering new rules to regulate electronic cigarettes, including licensing retailers who sell e-cigarettes as well as traditional tobacco products.Right now, Multnomah County does not register tobacco or e-cigarette retailers, hampering efforts to monitor sales to minors, for example. Meanwhile,    More
Thursday, January 22, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC


Why are the Jefferson Dancers—from Portland’s majority-black high school—mostly white?

The Jan. 19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration at Northeast Portland’s Highland Christian Center had all the trappings of a typical commemoration for the civil rights leader. Crowds fil   More
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

2015 Portland School Board Election: Julie Esparza Brown Enters


A new candidate has entered the field for the May Portland School Board elections.Julie Esparza Brown, an associate professor of special education at Portland State University, announced over the weekend that she's running for Ruth Adkins' seat representing So...   More
Monday, January 19, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Portland Public Schools Board: Sources Say Matt Morton Won't Run For Re-Election


Sources tell WW that Matt Morton won't run again for the Portland Public Schools Board this spring, creating an open seat in what is already a hotly contested school board election.Morton, who declined to comment about his plans, has drawn criticism while on the board over allegations he has a conflict of interest. Morton also serves as executive director of the Native...   More
Friday, January 16, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

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