Portland Public Schools Laying Groundwork for Additional Construction Bond


Portland Public Schools officials are crunching numbers to figure out how much PPS property owners will have to pay to rebuild three additional high schools, and the initial estimate could add hundreds of dollars to voters' annual tax bills come November 2016.Didn't PPS just pass a $482 million construction bond, you ask? Yes, it did—in November 2012. But PPS officials are considering asking voters ...   More
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 by Beth Slovic

Mike Rosen, Portland School Board Member, Lost Credit-Card Privilege at Former City Job


Mike Rosen won a seat on the Portland School Board in May, days after being placed on administrative leave from his city of Portland job for insubordination and bullying behavior. Now, newly released records show Rosen had his city-issued credit card taken away in March after he used it to pay for a $569 dinner at Mekong Bistro without permission from his top boss. The dinner, held for ...   More
Thursday, September 10, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

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

Tom Koehler Elected Chairman of Portland Public Schools' Board

Koehler ushers in change, brings back school board's committee structure.


Portland Public Schools tonight welcomed four new members to its seven-member board, and with their addition came sweeping changes.The board voted 7-0 to elect Tom Koehler, who won a seat on the board in 2013, to be the board's new chairman. Koehler was often in the minority, along with Steve Buel, when Pam Knowles led the school board. Koehler and Buel, for example, were the only two board members ...   More
Monday, July 6, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Bullying and Intimidation Blamed for PPS Board Member Mike Rosen's City Job Problems

The Oregonian reveals documents leading up to Rosen's resignation from city job Wednesday.


Mike Rosen, newly elected to the Portland Public Schools board of education, begins his term this month with questions hanging over him.The Oregonian reports Thursday that city officials put Rosen on paid administrative leave for performance problems at his job with Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services less than two weeks before the May 19 election, when Rosen won 97.6 percent of the votes. ...   More
Thursday, July 2, 2015 by Beth Slovic

PPS Job Shuffle Continues as César Chávez Principal Announces Departure

Parents and teachers are putting increasing pressure on Superintendent Carole Smith to stop moving principals around so frequently.


So far, Portland Public Schools officials have announced 17 new principal placements for the upcoming school year. Several additional changes are in the works, however, including at César Chávez K-8 School.Lavert Robertson, the current principal at César Chávez, told parents and teachers before school let out last week that he won't be returning to the North Portland school.His move is noteworthy ...   More
Friday, June 19, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Amy Kohnstamm Accepted $5,000 Donation from Former Gov. John Kitzhaber

Kohnstamm, PPS board member-elect, reported the cash after the May 19 election.

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Many pixels have been devoted to the big-money race between Bobbie Regan and Amy Kohnstamm for the Portland Public Schools board on May 19.Together, Regan and Kohnstamm raised more than $300,000 in a race that also included two other candidates. Kohnstamm won, fending off the incumbent despite Regan's last-minute self-loan of $45,000.Now, campaign finance reports show Kohnstamm accepted a $5,000 contribution ...   More
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 by 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


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