Former Portland Public Schools Principal Lashes Out Against 'White Female Fragility'

Dishy blog post takes aim at Superintendent Carole Smith's 'strong power base' of lesbian leaders.


Verenice Gutierrez, the former principal at Portland Public Schools' Scott K-8, lashed out against top PPS administrators in an explosive personal blog entry posted last week, saying PPS leaders are protecting "white female fragility" at the expense of strong Latina principals.The blog post's title? "When Men of Color Sacrifice Women of Color to Save Fragile White Women."Gutierrez abruptly ...   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Amid Outcry, Portland Public Schools Board Pulls Back on Plan to Extend Superintendent's Contract


Portland Public Schools' superintendent won't be getting a contract extension tonight after all.Amid public outcry, the chairwomen of PPS's board of education, Ruth Adkins, pulled a resolution from tonight's school board agenda that would have extended the end date of Superintendent Carole Smith's contract from 2017 to 2018.In just over two weeks, a new board sweeps into office. That could shift the ...   More
Monday, June 15, 2015 by Beth Slovic

Portland Public Schools Parents Question Timing of Superintendent's Contract Extension


A short item in the agenda for Monday night's meeting of the Portland Public Schools board set off an online firestorm over the weekend. "Extension of employment contract with Carole Smith, superintendent," the item read. Why the uproar?Smith's been PPS's superintendent since 2007. But in May, a wave of displeasure with Smith's leadership swept four new school board members into office, three ...   More
Monday, June 15, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Carole Smith, PPS Superintendent, Signals Shift Away from K-8s

"The predominant configuration will be K-5 and middle school," she says.


Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith stood before a group of school volunteers last week and signaled the end of PPS's decade-long experiment with K-8 schools. Sort of."What we’re looking at is, 'Where do we have the buildings that could actually house a K-8?'" Smith told volunteers with the Districtwide Boundary Review Advisory Committee on May 28. "I’m ...   More
Thursday, June 4, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Portland School Board Overturns Superintendent's Basketball Ruling, Gives Girls Equal Footing


In a stinging rebuke of Superintendent Carole Smith, the Portland School Board voted 5-0 Tuesday night to overturn Smith's rejection of a mother's Title IX complaint against the district.The board's decision clears the way for a new way of scheduling boys and girls basketball games during the 2015-16 season.Wilson High School mom Allison Horn complained late last year (before the start of the 2014-15 ...   More
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 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

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


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


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


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