Portland Superintendent Carole Smith Proposes Ending Neighborhood Transfer Lottery

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Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith will recommend ending neighborhood-to-neighborhood lottery transfers among K-8 students Tuesday night—a proposal aimed at achieving greater equity and balancing enrollment among elementary, K-8 and middle schools.Smith's proposal to the school board follows a recent report from a volunteer committee that studied two intertwined issues: heightened ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Sellwood Middle School Held Student Body Election for Only Students of Color

Sellwood's principal today sent a letter to parents about the 2011-12 incident to resolve U.S. Office for Civil Rights complaint

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It's not every day that the feds investigate student council races at middle schools.Portland Public Schools today is making amends for a March 2012 decision at Sellwood Middle School to hold a student council election open only to students of color in an attempt to increase minority representation on the school's council.Thursday, Principal Brian Anderson wrote to Sellwood parents about ...   More
 
Thursday, November 20, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Roosevelt High Cafeteria Worker Refuses to Give Student Lunch After Online Complaint About Food

Student's mother calls it "retaliation" for mother's Facebook post

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These cheese sticks looked disgusting.The lunch Roosevelt High School junior April Ehrman says her school's cafeteria served her last week was so bad, she took photos of it with her phone. "The cheese had come completely out of the bread and the cheese was as hard as plastic," she says.Her mother, Samantha Ehrman, later posted the photos to a St. Johns Facebook group with a note, "This is what is being ...   More
 
Thursday, November 6, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Are You Smarter Than a Third Grader? Smarter Balanced Practice Test Flummoxes Teachers and Parents

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This year, Oregon school districts will be administering the so-called Smarter Balanced Assessments in English and math to Oregon schoolchildren as part of a nationwide movement. It's all supposedly to raise achievement levels for kids and teachers.The tests—part of the Common Core State Standards—are so new that state officials haven't decided yet how high a student will need to score in order ...   More
 
Monday, November 3, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Public Schools' Confidentiality Agreement is "Under Review"

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Portland Public Schools has hit pause on a plan to ask district office employees to sign a sweeping confidentiality agreement that one expert called unenforceable."The document is under review," PPS spokeswoman Christine Miles tells WW via email.The agreement, which goes far beyond protecting the privacy of students and employees, defined "confidential information" as "information of any ...   More
 
Thursday, October 30, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Campaign for PPS Levy Sets No Limits on Contributions

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The campaign to renew Portland Public Schools’ five-year local option levy is soliciting donations to the same war chest that paid for the district’s successful $482 million bond campaign in 2012. But unlike two years ago, there’s no cap on contributions from building contractors. Two firms with contracts to renovate Roosevelt High School—Lease Crutcher Lewis, a construction ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Black. Special Ed. Punished.

The Portland schools’ discipline rate against black students in special education brings sanctions from the state.


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J.’s mother is the first to tell you her fifth-grader isn’t perfect. He entered pre-kindergarten at Irvington Elementary School with a host of troubles that made it hard for him to express   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

PPS Says It Will Take Steps to Cut Racial Discipline Disparities By Half

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For years, the gap has been growing between the percentage of black students and white students Portland Public Schools suspends or expels. And the gap has kept growing despite expensive efforts by PPS to close it.The gap in disciplinary rates is a problem shared by school districts around the country. In Portland, community and parent groups have been pressing PPS ...   More
 
Monday, June 2, 2014 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Suspended Disbelief

A community group calls on PPS to end disciplinary practices that keep kids out of school.


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Sheila Warren says she’s fed up. For years now, she and others have been asking Portland Public Schools to change the way it disciplines students who get into trouble. She’s written lett   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

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