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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

The Equalizer

Portland schools chief Carole Smith wants to reinvent the neighborhood school. Can she do it?

Cover Story
Carole Smith is the most powerful woman in Oregon education. As superintendent of Portland Public Schools, she makes tough decisions every day regarding the district’s $535 million annual budg   More
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Reed College Busts Bike Thieves with GPS

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Like a lot of Portland institutions, Reed College has a problem with bike thieves.Unlike a lot of Portland institutions, Reed College has its own security force with strong ties to local law enforcement.Gary Granger, director of community safety at Reed, says the Southeast Portland campus sees about 30 to 40 reported cases of stolen bikes annually. But the campus, which is open to th...   More
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

David Douglas School District Hires Mystery Shoppers

'Shoppers' have been issuing evaluations of schools' customer service since September


The David Douglas School District in Southeast Portland embarked this school year on an unusual project for getting feedback about their schools and facilities.
The 11,000-student district hired "mystery shoppers" from Advanced Feedback, a San Diego-based company, to gather information on employees' ...   More
Monday, January 5, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Brushed Aside

Two public schools in Portland find the city has cut them out of arts-tax money.

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Leah Maurer is a Portland mother of three, ages 3, 7 and 9. That means she knows a lot about teaching how to share. The city of Portland? Less so. Portland voters approved the city’s arts ta   More
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Hotseat: Darius Rejali

A Reed College expert says the debate over U.S.-Sponsored torture overlooks its toll on those who carry it out.

Hot Seat
Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee published a scathing report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of torture after 9/11. The report found that, contrary to CIA cl   More
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Seattle Teacher Who Helped Lead Testing Boycott Visits Portland

Editor of "More than a Score," Jesse Hagopian will speak at Powell's Sunday


Jesse Hagopian, a Seattle high school teacher with a nationwide following for his successful protests against standardized tests, will visit Portland on Sunday to discuss    More
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

A Gay Christmas Tree? Northeast Portland Man Uses Boy Scouts' Recycling Drive to Push Change

Wesley Murph, a 40-year-old Portlander in the Sabin neighborhood, wants the Boy Scouts of America to end its policy banning gay leaders.So he's taking an unusual stand.Friday, he hauled his Christmas tree to his driveway for recycling by a local Boy Scouts troop. He also attached a sign to the tree.Dear B...   More
Monday, December 29, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Darius Rejali: Reed College Professor and Torture Expert Talks About The Trauma To Interrogators


Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee released a scathing report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of torture after Sept. 11. It found, among other things, that harsh interrogation techniques   More
Friday, December 26, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Department of Corrections Officials Grant Reprieve to Successful Family Program

The Family Preservation Project at Coffee Creek Correction Facility had been on the chopping block


Two week ago, WW wrote about a prison rehabilitation program that really works—just in time for the Oregon Department of Corrections&...   More
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

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