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Help For Her Friends

Portland schools boss delivers pay hikes to officials who work for her.


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Last summer, Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith pocketed a nearly 28 percent pay raise, bringing her annual salary to $247,000.  At the time, most Portland School Board   More
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

2015 Portland School Board Election: Teachers Union Makes Endorsements

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The March 19 filing deadline to run for Portland Public Schools' Board of Education has passed, and a crucial set of endorsements is already in. The Portland Association of Teachers, a union whose influence and money candidates covet, has issued its endorsements.Four seats on the seven-member board are up for grabs on May 19.In Southwest Portland's Zone 1, the ...   More
 
Friday, March 27, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

The Daily Beast Dissects Reed College's 'Spring Crisis'

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The Daily Beast this morning dissects the story of Jeremiah True's "rape culture" jeremiad on the Reed College campus.
The piece—written by a Reed graduate—captures the college's unique culture. "The school tends to draw...   More
 
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Reed Student's Banishment Story Takes Strange Twist

Jeremiah True says he was banished for controversial views on rape; recent interviews cast new light

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The story of the Reed College student who claimed he was booted from Humanities 110 for his controversial views on rape lit up the Internet Thursday after    More
 
Friday, March 20, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Ladies First

Why do Portland schools treat girls’ basketball as second rate?


Schools
Maddy Horn had a great season as point guard for her Wilson High School girls’ varsity basketball team, winning co-MVP. The senior says she and her teammates worked just as hard as the Wilson    More
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Lies Your Textbooks Tell You About Irish-American History

Portland teacher Bill Bigelow breaks it down.

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You're probably wearing green and pining for a Guinness right about now. That's cool. Happy St. Paddy's Day!
But Bill Bigelow, a master educator in Portland who taught at Franklin and Jefferson high schools...   More
 
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

2015 Portland School Board Election: Gretchen Hollands, a PPS Employee, Joins the Race

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A third candidate has jumped into the Zone 3 race for the Portland Public Schools board, and she comes from an unusual place: inside PPS's headquarters.
Gretchen Hollands, a project manager in the district's facilities department, has worked for PPS for seven years. Her husband,...   More
 
Monday, March 16, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Little Janitors

Portland Public Schools defends student discipline one official compares to an inmate work crew.


News Stories
Domingo Martin spent three days in November and December at North Portland’s César Chávez K-8 School cleaning the gym and collecting trash in the school’s foul-smelling restrooms. It was   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Man Vs. Machine

A video poker machine dealt Justin Curzi a strange hand. Now he’s calling the Oregon Lottery’s bluff.


Cover Story
Justin Curzi pecked the draw button on the Jacks or Better video poker machine. The glow from five game screens lit the maroon walls of the windowless room in the back of Northwest Portland’s    More
 
Thursday, March 5, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

No Se Habla

A diversity training session for Spanish-speaking parents in Portland Public Schools was missing just one thing: Spanish.


Schools
On the evening of Jan. 27, about 50 parents from three Southeast Portland schools gathered at Creative Science School to learn how to overcome racial barriers. The session, called “Beyond    More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 BETH SLOVIC
 

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