2015 Portland School Board Election: Julie Esparza Brown Enters


A new candidate has entered the field for the May Portland School Board elections.Julie Esparza Brown, an associate professor of special education at Portland State University, announced over the weekend that she's running for Ruth Adkins' seat representing Southwest Portland. Adkins, who's served two terms, hasn't said publicly whether she'll run again, although Brown's entrance seems to suggest Adkins ...   More
Monday, January 19, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Running Laps for Not Getting to Her 'Carpet Square' on Time?

That's the punishment one Portland mother says Chief Joseph Elementary School gave her daughter.


César Chávez K-8 School isn't the only one in Portland Public Schools to discipline students in ways that run counter to the district's own policies, according to an email newly released to WW.New records released by PPS show a parent of one student at Chief Joseph Elementary School says her child was made to run laps as punishment—even though the district's rule prohibit it.Last month, ...   More
Friday, April 17, 2015 by Beth Slovic

Portland School Board Splits 3-3 on Salary Audit


A resolution to audit administrative salaries in Portland Public Schools failed Tuesday night on a 3-3 vote, but supporters are vowing to bring it back after the May 19 election when a new school board would likely approve it.Board members Tom Koehler, Steve Buel and Bobbie Regan supported the measure. Pam Knowles, Ruth Adkins and Greg Belisle opposed it. Adkins and Belisle aren't running again. ...   More
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

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


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

Buckman Elementary Principal Leaves Temporarily, Cites "Health"

Portland Public Schools

Principal churn in Portland Public Schools continues. Last Monday, parents at Buckman Elementary School in Southeast Portland learned the principal who started in fall 2014, Robin Morrison, is taking a temporary leave. In an email to parents the principal cited health reasons.Morrison moved to Buckman from Woodlawn K-8 School under the terms of a federal grant at Woodlawn that required Morrison's ...   More
Friday, April 10, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Bad Boy

Steve Buel is cranky, irritating, stubborn—and a surprising force for change in Portland Public Schools.

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Greg Belisle demanded an answer. Steve Buel refused to give him one. It was Jan. 27, 2014, and Belisle was holding the gavel as co-chairman of the Portland Public Schools board. He and the oth   More
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Wilson High Principal Reinstates Teachers in 'Initiation Activity' Case

The school's principal earlier said the incidents involved hazing.


Wilson High School principal Brian Chatard announced Tuesday the conclusion of his investigation into a classroom 'initiation' that put three teachers on paid administrative leave in February.All of the teachers are now back at school, Chatard wrote in an email to parents, adding that "the intent of the initiation activity was not to harm or humiliate students." Chatard's February email announcing ...   More
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Public Schools Sets Date to Hear Title IX Complaint


Portland Public Schools' Board of Education has set two dates to consider the substance of a Wilson High School mom's Title IX complaint regarding the high-school girls' basketball schedule.Mother Allison Horn, as first reported by WW, alleges PPS's basketball schedule violated Title IX by scheduling more "prime time" games for boys' teams than girls' teams. Earlier start times in the season that just ...   More
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 by Beth Slovic

Portland School Board Members React to Administrator Salary Increases


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 Votes 4-1 to Hear Female Athletes' Gender Discrimination Complaint

"We're not treating the girls equally," says Bobbie Regan.


The Portland School Board voted 4-1 to hear a mother's complaint that Portland Public Schools discriminates against its female athletes, signaling during discussion of the vote that they believed the mother had a valid case."I'm pleasantly surprised," says Allison Horn, the Wilson High School mom who brought the complaint. "I didn't expect it in a million years."Horn, whose daughter played varsity ...   More
Monday, March 30, 2015 by Beth Slovic


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