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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

The Equalizer

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

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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

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