Read the Transcript: Trudy Sargent Says "No" to Teachers Contract

Trudy Sargent

The Portland School Board voted 5-1 last night to approve a new, two-year agreement with the district's teachers union, the Portland Association of Teachers. Board member Martín González was the lone "no" vote. But board colleague Trudy Sargent, who missed the last-minute meeting due to prior travel plans, sent a 3 1/2-page written statement explaining why she would have voted "no," too.   Following ...   More
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Labor Union, Construction Firm the Latest Big Donors to School-Construction Campaign

Another week, another round of substantial donations to the campaign for Portland Public Schools' $548 million construction bond on the May 17 ballot. On Jan. 7, Stacy and Witbeck, the construction firm specializing in public-transit projects, gave $25,000 to the Portlanders for Schools political action committee. The Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters gave $10,000 to the PAC. ...   More
Thursday, January 13, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Teachers Overpower School Board Meeting

Several hundred Portland Public Schools teachers gathered outside Monday night's school board meeting to protest contract talks that have dragged on since before June 2008, when the teachers' contract expired. Their chanting outside delayed the meeting's start time — then threatened to overpower the opening minutes. As school board chairwoman Trudy Sargent pounded the gavel to start the ...   More
Tuesday, November 10, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Public Schools And Its Teachers Reach Negotiating Impasse

Portland Public Schools board member Trudy Sargent just sent out this email to report that the school district has told a state mediator that its negotiations with the teachers union have reached an impasse. The 3,200-member Portland Association of Teachers has been working without a new contract for more than 19 months, and obviously has been unhappy over that state of affairs. Negotiations ...   More
Thursday, February 4, 2010 HANK STERN

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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