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Bad Boy

Steve Buel is cranky, irritating, stubborn—and a surprising force for change in Portland Public Schools.

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Greg Belisle demanded an answer. Steve Buel refused to give him one. It was Jan. 27, 2014, and Belisle was holding the gavel as co-chairman of the Portland Public Schools board. He and the oth   More
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Wilson High Principal Reinstates Teachers in 'Initiation Activity' Case

The school's principal earlier said the incidents involved hazing.


Wilson High School principal Brian Chatard announced Tuesday the conclusion of his investigation into a classroom 'initiation' that put three teachers on paid administrative leave in February.
All of the teac...   More
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Portland School Board Members React to Administrator Salary Increases


It started as a heads up. It ended as a head butt.
Sean Murray, chief human resources officer for Portland Public Schools, sent an email to school board members Tuesday alerting them to his interview with WW about salary increases among top administrators earlier in the day.    More
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Help For Her Friends

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

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


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'


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


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?

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.


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


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
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