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

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

Portland Superintendent Carole Smith Proposes Ending Neighborhood Transfer Lottery

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Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith will recommend ending neighborhood-to-neighborhood lottery transfers among K-8 students Tuesday night—a proposal aimed at achieving greater equity and balancing enrollment among elementary, K-8 and middle schools.Smith's proposal to the school board follows a recent report from a volunteer committee that studied two intertwined issues: heightened ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

PPS Says It Will Take Steps to Cut Racial Discipline Disparities By Half

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For years, the gap has been growing between the percentage of black students and white students Portland Public Schools suspends or expels. And the gap has kept growing despite expensive efforts by PPS to close it.The gap in disciplinary rates is a problem shared by school districts around the country. In Portland, community and parent groups have been pressing PPS ...   More
 
Monday, June 2, 2014 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Political Consultant Jon Isaacs Taking PPS Job: Updated

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Political consultant Jon Isaacs, who ran a successful capital bond campaign last year for Portland Public Schools, is going to work for PPS Superintendent Carole Smith, according to three sources familiar with his plans. In 2012, he also helped run mayoral candidate Eileen Brady's unsuccessful primary campaign. Isaacs rose to prominence within political circles running FuturePac, the political arm ...   More
 
Thursday, January 10, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregonian Publisher Explains PPS Bond Ad Flap

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Oregonian Publisher N. Christian Anderson III  squared off last week against Portlanders for Schools, the campaign group seeking passage of two bond measures on the May 17 ballot that would benefit Portland Public Schools.Last week, Anderson, who has been publisher of the daily since November of 2009, sent an email [PDF] to Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith about a disagreement ...   More
 
Monday, May 2, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland Schools Superintendent Prepares Two Budgets

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Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith this evening introduces two versions of next year's budget. Both versions of the budget will include significant cuts owing to the $40 million decline in state revenue for PPS. But one budget—the one based on the possibility that voters will reject the local option levy in May—will make far deeper cuts. If the levy passes, PPS will have to make ...   More
 
Monday, April 25, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Superintendent Recommends No Boundary Changes in Northeast Portland

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Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith has backed off plans to redraw the attendance boundaries around Sabin K-8 School and Alameda Elementary School in Northeast Portland, bowing to intense pressure from parents who said they were concerned the process to boost attendance at Sabin was too fast.That means there will be no changes to those schools' neighborhood attendance zones for the ...   More
 
Friday, January 28, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

High-School Redesign: District Reveals Mayor's "Blue Ribbon Taskforce"


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One huge, unresolved issue surrounding Portland Public Schools' high-school redesign concerns career training. Under Superintendent Carole Smith's School Board-approved plan, Benson Polytechnic High School will offer fewer career-training classes to a smaller number of students. However, the remaining eight high-school campuses will offer students access to jobs-focused classes that they now lack. To ...   More
 
Monday, November 1, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

School District Reverses Decision on Young Women's Academy


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As part of her high-school redesign, Superintendent Carole Smith in September proposed closing the high school at the 206-student Harriet Tubman Young Women's Academy, leaving it as a far smaller sixth- through eighth-grade middle school with 150 students. Smith's predecessor, former Superintendent Vicki Phillips, created the academy as an offshoot of Jefferson High School in 2007. Yesterday, ...   More
 
Thursday, November 4, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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