Protesters Interrupt Portland School Board Vote; Transfer Measure Passes Anyway


Protesters with Don't Shoot Portland again interrupted a Portland School Board vote on its transfer policy Tuesday. Unlike last week, school-board members carried on, voting 4-1 to pass a resolution that will curtail neighborhood-to-neighborhood student transfers and shake up the way the lottery for specialized focus schools draw kids.Steve Buel did not vote. Matt Morton was absent. Greg Belisle voted ...   More
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 by Beth Slovic

Steve Buel Draws Criticism over Comment at Portland School Board Meeting

Buel says his comment was meant as satire. Others see racism.

Portland Public Schools

Matt Morton, a Portland School Board member, took to Facebook last week to broadcast a whispered comment from an unidentified board colleague during a recent meeting. The comment quickly drew rebukes and requests from Morton's Facebook friends to reveal the identity of the board member, whose remarks struck people as racist.The comment, Morton wrote, came during a discussion of Portland Public School's ...   More
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by Beth Slovic

Portland School Board Member David Wynde Not Running Again

David Wynde

 Citing the huge time commitment that service on the Portland School Board has meant for him and his family, two-term member David Wynde announced he will not seek re-election this May.Wynde, who voted last December against the closure of Marshall High School, is the only incumbent among four board members facing re-election to announce he won't run again. (Board members Bobbie Regan and Ruth ...   More
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 HANK STERN

Portland School Board Unanimously Approves Construction Bond

  Surprising perhaps no one, the Portland School Board voted 7-0 tonight to put forward a $548 million construction bond to renovate and rebuild Portland Public Schools’ aging facilities. The measure now heads to voters in the Portland school district on May 17. Among the nine schools that would be fully rebuilt, if voters approve the property-tax increase, is Marysville ...   More
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 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

High-School Redesign: An Unofficial, Chronological History

The idea that the Portland School Board is just now getting the opportunity to weigh in on Superintendent Carole Smith's high-school redesign proposal is understandable. The board won't vote on anything until March 8. But that idea also ignores a lot of history. In fact, the redesign has been in the works for almost three years. Board members have had numerous chances to contribute before now. What ...   More
Thursday, February 25, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Portland School Board Delays Work Session, High-School-Redesign Vote

The Portland School Board cancelled a 5:30 pm work session on the proposed high-school redesign tonight but allowed a protest of one of their latest ideas -- to close Jefferson High School as a neighborhood school -- to proceed anyway. The board also announced tonight it was delaying its scheduled vote on the overall high-school redesign by at least one week. That vote had been expected to take place ...   More
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Public Schools Will Tap Reserves to Plug Hole

The Portland School Board announced last night it will fill the sudden $6 million hole in the school district's 2010-11 budget with reserves. That means Portland Public Schools will use a total of $22 million in reserves for the school year that starts next week. As a result, there will be no more cuts to staff this year. However, next year's budget will be especially difficult given the lack ...   More
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 BETH SLOVIC


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