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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

Portland School Board Election 2015: Esparza Brown, Anthony and Kohnstamm Lead

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Julie Esparza Brown, Paul Anthony and Amy Kohnstamm, candidates for Portland Public Schools' Board of Education, are leading in initial election results from Multnomah County's elections division.But the race between Kohnstamm and Bobbie Regan, a three-term incumbent, is the closest. Early results put Kohnstamm's lead at 13,536 votes to Regan's 11,527.Esparza Brown leads with about 22,000 votes ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Oregon School Activities Association Catches Flak But Holds Ground on Decision to Bump Cleveland High's Choir

OSAA disqualified team after it failed to submit its application on time.

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The Oregon School Activities Association was battered by news stories last week for bumping Cleveland High School's choir from the state championship May 7-9 due to a clerical error on the school’s part. KATU Channel 2, KGW Channel 8, KOIN Channel 6 and Fox Channel 12 all aired stories about the snafu, which also saw two other choirs kicked out for similarly trivial violations. ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 ANTHONY MACUK

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