What’s really at stake in the contract fight between the Portland schools and teachers.
Portland Public Schools, the state’s largest school district, has troubles enough as it is.
It’s under fire from
its auditor for abysmal graduation rates, facing a formal complaint from
TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane stopped by our office last Thursday for an interview before giving his "State of TriMet" report this morning. That report was more like a war council, with McFarlane offering his opening tactic in a contract battle with TriMet's employee union: Accept smaller healthcare benefits, or the transit agency will have to cut 70 percent of bus service by the ...