Bobbie Regan, Ousted PPS Board Member, Loaned Herself $45,000 In Her Re-Election Bid

Regan spent nearly $180,000 trying to fend off challenger Amy Kohnstamm

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Ouch.Updated election spending reports show Bobbie Regan, who narrowly lost her seat on the Portland Public Schools board of education Tuesday, sank $45,810 of her own money into her losing race.The loan brought Regan's fundraising total to $178,337.By comparison, winner Amy Kohnstamm raised about $120,000. She beat Regan, who'd served three terms on the board, by 44 percent to 41 percent. Two ...   More
 
Friday, May 22, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Portland School Board Election 2015: Esparza Brown, Anthony and Kohnstamm Lead

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Julie Esparza Brown, Paul Anthony and Amy Kohnstamm, candidates for Portland Public Schools' Board of Education, are leading in initial election results from Multnomah County's elections division.But the race between Kohnstamm and Bobbie Regan, a three-term incumbent, is the closest. Early results put Kohnstamm's lead at 13,536 votes to Regan's 11,527.Esparza Brown leads with about 22,000 votes ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

2015 Portland School Board Election: Tom Koehler Donates $1,500 to Amy Kohnstamm

Zone 3 race breaks $200,000 mark.

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The Portland Public Schools board race between three-term incumbent Bobbie Regan and challenger Amy Kohnstamm may be the most expensive in history. A week out from the May 19 election, the two have raised a combined $211,000. (Two other challengers in the race, Gretchen Hollands and Wes Soderback, haven't raised any money.)Regan and Kohnstamm continue the battle for endorsements—and at least one ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Public Schools Board Members Push for Audit of Central Office Salaries

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Three members of the Portland Public Schools board of education want the school district to immediately audit central-office salaries, following a report in WW on April 1 that Superintendent Carole Smith was handing out hefty pay raises to her closest staff.The three board members—Tom Koehler, Bobbie Regan and Steve Buel—will introduce their resolution at Tuesday night's board meeting. The question ...   More
 
Monday, April 13, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

2015 Portland School Board Election: Zone 3 Race Nears $100,000 Mark

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The race for Bobbie Regan's seat on the Portland Public Schools board is nearing the $100,000 mark—a rare occurrence in typically sleepy school board elections. As of Friday, Regan, who's seeking her fourth term on the board, has reported $34,000 in contributions.Challenger Amy Carlsen Kohnstamm, meanwhile, has reported about $58,000, including $5,000 of her own money. (Half of the $5,000 ...   More
 
Friday, April 10, 2015 by Beth Slovic

Portland School Board Members React to Administrator Salary Increases

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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. WW's story on the hefty raises among administrators, including Murray, appears in this week's paper."I expect that the story ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Portland School Board Candidates Raise Questions About Punishing Students By Giving Them Janitorial Work

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Portland Public Schools on Thursday suspended César Chávez K-8 School's "community service" program, which forces students as young as 7 to clean walls, floors, desks and doorknobs, as well as pick up trash in bathrooms, hallways and outdoor areas as punishment for minor acts of defiance and unruliness such as throwing food.The program, first reported by WW, is now on hold ...   More
 
Monday, March 16, 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, Walt, is a biology teacher at Grant High School. He's been there for 21 years.Hollands is aware of her conflicts—or potential ...   More
 
Monday, March 16, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Portland School Board Races Heat Up

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Three out of four Portland School Board races have two or more candidates as of this afternoon.Today at 5 pm is the deadline for candidates to file for the May 17 election.In Zone 1, the incumbent Ruth Adkins has two opponents: Larry Lawson, a network security manager, and Glen Livingston, a community activist and an exterior remodeling contractor.Zone 2 is an open seat since incumbent David Wynde ...   More
 
Thursday, March 17, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

PPS to Seek Construction Bond AND Local-Option Levy on May Ballot?


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Portland Public Schools' $548 million construction bond may not be the only tax measure for Portland schools on the May 2011 ballot. According to Portland School Board member Bobbie Regan, the board is also contemplating asking voters in the PPS district to renew a local-option levy at the same time as the construction bond. That local-option levy, which expires in 2012 and generates about $30 ...   More
 
Monday, December 6, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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