An Update on K-8s in Portland


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A sub-committee of the Portland School Board met Monday to talk about the current state of Portland Public Schools' K-8s, the hybrid "elemiddles" Portland created starting in 2004. Here's a quick take on the 90-minute meeting: * The district recognizes some of the small K-8s may never be able to sustain the K-8 model. It's possible those K-8s won't stay K-8s forever. *All K-8s in the district ...   More
 
Thursday, November 19, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Top 10 Reasons To Worry About PPS's High School Redesign


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The first round of Portland Public Schools' community meetings about redesigning its high schools has ended. But what may be the most contentious meeting of them all lies ahead. On Dec. 8, PPS must make its case to Cleveland High School-area parents who already appear mighty skeptical of PPS's plans, according to this letter [PDF] dated Dec. 2. Here are the top 10 reasons Cleveland parents ...   More
 
Friday, December 4, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Franklin to PPS: We Are Your High School Model


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Portland Public Schools' final community meeting about the district's plan to close and redesign high schools, held at Franklin High last night, can only be described as a whopper. Franklin's theater, which holds 1,500 people, was beyond capacity. Some estimates put the crowd at 2,000. The turnout was a clear indication to school district officials that Franklin's community is worried about rumors ...   More
 
Friday, December 18, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Jobs With Justice Awards PPS A "Grinch" Award


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If you were watching Portland Public Schools' Monday night School Board meeting on television you missed Jobs with Justice's appearance. The workers' rights group awarded the School Board a "Grinch of the Year" award for not settling its contract with PPS teachers during 17 months of negotiaion. But the school district, which broadcasts the meetings on Channel 28, cut to a commercial during the ...   More
 
Friday, December 18, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Teachers, Hip-Hop Fans To Crowd School-Board Meeting


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Another busy night for the Portland School Board this evening. Portland Public Schools' teachers, who have been working without a contract since July 2008, will hold another rally outside the meeting tonight. (Here's a summary of last week's mediation session, from the Portland Association of Teachers union.) And proponents of a new charter school focused on the recording arts are also gathering ...   More
 
Monday, December 14, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Portland School Board Member Questions Proposed Ban on Transfers


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A member of the Portland School Board is questioning a key assumption undergirding Superintendent Carole Smith's proposed redesign of Portland Public Schools' high schools. That assumption? That PPS should ban the long-standing practice of allowing students to transfer from their own neighborhood high school to a different high school outside their neighborhood. That practice is one element ...   More
 
Friday, January 8, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Hundreds Spend MLK Day Urging Oregon to Vote Yes on 66 & 67 Campaign


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An estimated 500-plus people packed this morning into the Vote Yes on 66-67 campaign office in Northeast Portland, as they readied themselves for a statewide day of canvassing about the mail-in Jan. 26 election. The effort was part of a statewide push that included Salem, Medford, Bend, Corvallis and Eugene — which together brought in around 200 more volunteers in those cities. In Portland, ...   More
 
Monday, January 18, 2010 Brittany Rogers

Rigler Parents Want Solutions for Overcrowded School


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Parents at a meeting at Rigler on K-8s in 2008. Dozens of concerned parents and community members filled the auditorium at Rigler K-8 School in the Cully neighborhood Wednesday night for a meeting to discuss overcrowding at Rigler -- or the “injustice of inadequate space,” as some called it. Years ago, before Rigler started its conversion from an elementary school to a K-8 in 2006, ...   More
 
Thursday, February 11, 2010 Leah Dimatteo

High-School Redesign: PPS Expresses "Disappointment" to The Oregonian About An Article Before Publication


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Two weeks ago, The Oregonian published an informative article about Portland Public Schools' high-school redesign. The redesign has been in the making for two years but has yet to produce any definitive answers about the future of Portland's schools. Taking PPS' own public statements at face value, Oregonian education reporter Kimberly Melton conducted an analysis to show which of the district's ...   More
 
Friday, February 5, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

High-School Redesign: School Closures, Boundaries, Board Elections and Union Impasse


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The busy state of Portland Public Schools' high-school redesign and teacher contract negotiations bring this omnibus update, in advance of tonight's School Board meeting: • Parents in the Grant High School cluster met last week to organize against Grant's possible closure as a neighborhood school. Between 200-300 people attended the meeting, which included entertainment from Grant's Royal ...   More
 
Monday, February 8, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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