Pam Knowles, Portland School Board Co-Chair, Appears to Violate Open Meetings Law

Knowles denies this, says her actions complied with rules


Oregon Public Broadcasting on Monday published a short but intriguing story about a Sunday, Dec. 7 email from Pam Knowles, co-chair of the Portland School Board, to colleagues on the board.The email appeared to seek consensus among the seven board members on a controversial change to Portland Public Schools' transfer policies. Board members will be talking about that change at its regular board ...   More
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

School Board Election Results: González and Knowles Win Zones 4 and 5

Complete results from Tuesday's special election arrived quickly, given the 14.5 percent voter turnout, and there were a few surprises: The contest for the seat in Zone 5 on Portland Public Schools' Board of Education was not nearly as close as one might have expected between two candidates with long records of school involvement. Pam Knowles beat Scott Bailey 25,055 to 15,479, as of Wednesday ...   More
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Big Bucks for One Portland School Board Race

Sonja Henning's seat on the Portland School Board is worth at least $66,025, according to the campaign finance reports of the two candidates running to replace Henning, who's not seeking re-election in Zone 5. As of May 8, Scott Bailey (pictured above) had raised the most with $37,155, including a new $8,000 loan to himself. Among Bailey's biggest endorsers is the teachers' union, which gave ...   More
Friday, May 8, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

PPS Comings and Goings

Two unrelated bits of news from Portland Public Schools today: Pam Knowles, a new member of Portland Public Schools' Board of Education, is leaving her job with the Portland Business Alliance after five years. Knowles was chief operating officer and general counsel of the alliance. Her last day is Wednesday, Sept. 30. But she says she's not ready to say where she's going next. Secondly, Bryan ...   More
Monday, September 28, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Pam Knowles To Head Oregon Zoo Foundation

Pam Knowles of the Portland School Board just started a new gig as the Oregon Zoo Foundation's managing director. Knowles announced in September her plans to leave the Portland Business Alliance, where she was chief operating officer and general counsel for five years. Separate from the foundation, the Oregon Zoo has recently faced troubles related to the management of capital construction ...   More
Tuesday, February 2, 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


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