Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-495-1-.html Sun, 21 Sep 14 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Miracle on 135th Avenue - A Portland high school where students speak 55 languages shows Oregon how to reform education. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20255-miracle_on_135th_avenue_a_portland_high_school_where_students_speak_55_languages_shows_oregon_how_to.html Hae Nay Paw is trying to concentrate. A petite sophomore at David Douglas High School, she hunches over her desk, scrawling notes, a curtain of dark hair covering half her face, as if to block out]]> Expel Check - Portland Public Schools has spent millions to help stop racial profiling of students in discipline cases. The problem is getting worse. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21197-expel_check_portland_public_schools_has_spent_millions_to_help_stop_racial_profiling_of_students_in_.html Kwame Briggs knows how his son feels. Briggs, 36, says he often spent time in the principal’s office and detention when he attended Portland Public Schools in the 1990s. He admits he was no ]]> Sleepless In Abu Dhabi - An Oregon Muslim says he was jailed and tortured in the United Arab Emirates for 106 days after refusing to turn informant. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19099-sleepless_in_abu_dhabi_an_oregon_muslim_says_he_was_jailed_and_tortured_in_the_united_arab_emirates_.html A Muslim man from Oregon says he was imprisoned and tortured for 106 days last year in the United Arab...
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The Power and the Gloria - Gloria Steinem reflects on 40 years fighting for feminism and freedom—and against fear. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19745-the_power_and_the_gloria_gloria_steinem_reflects_on_40_years_fighting_for_feminism_and_freedom%E2%80.html Like most icons, Gloria Steinem is smaller than you would expect, fine boned and angular. She still parts her hair down the center...]]> Portrait of An Arts Tax - It’s not clear how a tax on Portlanders will keep its promises to schools. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19729-portrait_of_an_arts_tax_its_not_clear_how_a_tax_on_portlanders_will_keep_its_promises_to_schools.html It used to be kids all over Portland came home from public school splattered in paint, smelling of papier-mâché paste and proudly carrying home their latest creation for the refrigerator door. A]]> A Smack in the Kicker - A union-backed initiative to repeal the corporate tax rebate draws fire from reformers. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19261-a_smack_in_the_kicker_a_union_backed_initiative_to_repeal_the_corporate_tax_rebate_draws_fire_from_r.html For years, state Sen. Ginny Burdick (D-Portland) has been working to get rid of one of the biggest oddities of Oregon’s income tax system, a rebate called the “kicker.” First passed by the]]> Starting A College Stampede - A Franklin High program getting more kids into higher ed still awaits school-district funding. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21821-starting_a_college_stampede_a_franklin_high_program_getting_more_kids_into_higher_ed_still_awaits_sc.html Giant white sheets of paper cover the walls of Susan Anglada Bartley’s Advanced Placement English classroom at Franklin High School, the long pages listing the 88 seniors in her classes, the c]]> Hotseat: Don Gavitte - A fed-up Portland teacher campaigns to take Salem to school. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21578-hotseat_don_gavitte_a_fed_up_portland_teacher_campaigns_to_take_salem_to_school.html Don Gavitte’s classroom walls are covered in college pennants: Stanford, Marquette, Hunter, Barnard, Oregon. All sent by grateful former students. They are banners of Gavitte’s success. Gavi]]> 1983 - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-4182-1983_.html Fast Times at PPS High - A coalition of parents alleges that cuts in high-school classroom hours violate Oregon law. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21455-fast_times_at_pps_high_a_coalition_of_parents_alleges_that_cuts_in_high_school_classroom_hours_viola.html When it comes to the number of hours students spend in the classroom, Oregon is already near the bottom of the barrel. It’s especially bad in the Portland Public Schools, where fewer than 20 p]]> Suspended Disbelief - A community group calls on PPS to end disciplinary practices that keep kids out of school. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22393-suspended_disbelief_a_community_group_calls_on_pps_to_end_disciplinary_practices_that_keep_kids_out_.html Sheila Warren says she’s fed up. For years now, she and others have been asking Portland Public Schools to change the way it disciplines students who get into trouble. She’s written lett]]> Strike Force - History and hard feelings in Portland teacher union talks. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21541-strike_force_history_and_hard_feelings_in_portland_teacher_union_talks.html Teachers are putting up decorations and kids are learning holiday songs, but there’s not a lot of cheer at Portland Public Schools right now. Contract talks between teachers and the district]]> Hotseat: Keighley Overbay - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20768-hotseat_keighley_overbay_.html Earning a diploma from Benson Polytechnic High School is serious business. In addition to passing the standard classes in history, English, math and science, Benson’s graduates must complete h]]> Book It For Next Year - Portland Public Schools delayed a key reading program to focus on contract talks. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22057-book_it_for_next_year_portland_public_schools_delayed_a_key_reading_program_to_focus_on_contract_tal.html Amid the angst over whether the Portland Association of Teachers would go on strike Feb. 20, Portland Public Schools’ central administration put a hold on one of its key priorities—getting s]]> Grade: Incomplete - Portland Public Schools is months behind in releasing its progress report on helping minority students. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21951-grade_incomplete_portland_public_schools_is_months_behind_in_releasing_its_progress_report_on_helpin.html Portland Public Schools managed to get reports cards out this week to its 47,000 students, who may wonder (along with hovering parents) how well they’re performing. Don’t expect the same for]]>