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

Two Education Policy Forums of Note Next Week

Jefferson High School hosts two forums on the challenges of public education next week. The first forum, on Wednesday, Dec. 8, will cover recent changes in how the Seattle public school district evaluates teacher performance. Hosted by Stand for Children, the Black Parent Initiative, and Community & Parents for Public Schools, the event from 6:30 pm to 8 pm will feature a labor negotiator ...   More
Sunday, December 5, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Earth Day Events

If you're stuck this Earth Day Eve without a plan, let us help. Here's a sampling of how you can mark the 40th annual Earth Day this April 22. Portland State University is hosting what it's calling its largest Earth Day yet. Students will be planting gardens, watching eco-documentaries, learning to cook in cob ovens and mixing green cleaning products. On Thursday, PSU will have an Earth ...   More
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 Ott Tammik

Tony Hopson to PPS: "This District Systematically Created the Failure We See."

A previously scheduled meeting Monday night at Portland's Center for Self Enhancement turned into a community referendum on Saturday's surprise proposal to consider moving Benson Polytechnic High to Jefferson High School's campus as part of Portland Public Schools' high-school redesign. And the community is not happy. Tony Hopson, president of SEI and host of the community meeting, spoke ...   More
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Jefferson High Principal and Business Manager Put on Leave

CLARIFICATION: The business manager at Jefferson who is referenced in this report lost her job as a result of a layoff amid budget cuts. Portland Public Schools administrators have put Jefferson High School's Principal Cynthia Harris and her part-time business manager, Reis Wilbanks, on administrative leave. Teachers learned the news this afternoon in a 3:30 pm staff meeting with Toni Hunter, ...   More
Thursday, May 20, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Jefferson Business Manager to PPS Auditor: "Job Was to Keep the Principal out of the Newspaper" (Updated)

CLARIFICATION: The business manager at Jefferson who is referenced in this report lost her job as a result of a layoff amid budget cuts. A WW review of new documents surrounding the financial audit at Jefferson High School reveals internal finger-pointing, months of unsound business practices and at least one complaint by a contractor at the North Portland campus before Portland Public Schools ...   More
Friday, May 21, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Three PPS Board Members Say Close Jefferson as a Neighborhood School

Trudy Sargent, co-chairwoman of the Portland School Board, said at a board meeting this afternoon that she didn't support Superintendent Carole Smith's proposal for reforming Portland's high schools and instead favors a huge change for Jefferson High School. The superintendent's plan calls for shrinking Benson Polytechnic High's student population from 1,000 to 400 and reinventing the three ...   More
Monday, June 7, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Majority of PPS Board Turns to Closing Jeff as Neighborhood School (UPDATED with community meeting)

The latest development in the constantly evolving re-design of Portland Public Schools' high schools is that a majority of the school board now wants to close Jefferson as a neighborhood school. That's sure to make for some serious community pushback from Jefferson's defenders at the board's next work session on June 16 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm, and then before the board's expected vote on the entire ...   More
Friday, June 11, 2010 HANK STERN

High-School Redesign: Jefferson Supporters Voice Frustration, Disappointment

In front of depictions of tombstones that carried the names of short-lived Jefferson High School principals and even shorter-lived Jefferson reforms, Superintendent Carole Smith told a crowded cafeteria full of Jefferson supporters tonight that "people are still listening" and "your voices matter." The decorations for the evening's PTA session -- which also included a classroom skeleton dressed ...   More
Monday, June 14, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Another Administrator Leaves Jefferson at Crucial Juncture

Aurora Lora, the top administrator at Jefferson's Young Women's Academy, announced today [PDF] she is leaving the district June 30 for a job as an executive director of K-12 education with Seattle Public Schools. Her departure after three years at the Young Women's Academy comes at a difficult time in the history of Jefferson High School. Last week, a majority of the Portland School Board said ...   More
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 BETH SLOVIC


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