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

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: 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

Portland Public Schools And Its Teachers Reach Negotiating Impasse


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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

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

PPS Considers Exceptions To Transfer Ban


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A few bits of news about the high-school redesign emerged at last night's Portland School Board meeting, and if it weren't for -- wait for it -- School Board Member David Wynde, nobody in the room would have acknowledged that news. Here's the shocker (or non-shocker, depending on how cynical you are): The school district might "carve out an exception" to its proposed ban on neighborhood-to-neighborhood ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

PPS Administrators Head to Rockaway Beach


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PPS Equity beat us to following up on a tip from yesterday that Portland Public Schools' top administrators are at the Oregon coast for a three-day retreat. Teachers, meantime, are pounding the pavement for the Yes on Measures 66 and 67 campaign, according to the Portland Association of Teachers union. A private donor gave a cash donation to cover the $400-a-night beach house for administrators, ...   More
 
Friday, January 22, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

State To PPS: English-Language Instruction Hasn't Improved Enough


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The Oregon Department of Education has released its latest assessment [PDF] of Portland Public Schools' program for teaching English to immigrant and refugee students. The findings, which follow a 2009 audit of PPS's department for English-language instruction, are mixed. The state found PPS had corrected some failings but still fell behind in other regards. For example, the state says English-language ...   More
 
Thursday, January 21, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Mayor Promises Opinion On High Schools, Just Not Yet


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Mayor Sam Adams met Sunday with a few Grant High School parents who are concerned about Portland Public Schools' high-school redesign. Technically speaking, the mayor has absolutely no control over Portland Public Schools. (Then again, neither does Bill Gates, and he's managed to exert plenty of influence at Jefferson, Roosevelt, Madison and Marshall High in recent years.) Two days after the ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

A Portland Counterpoint: What "Neighborhood Schools" Mean In North Carolina


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One goal of Portland Public Schools' high-school redesign -- increasing the socio-economic diversity of its schools -- is meeting opposition in Wake County, N.C. The New York Times has an interesting story today about the Wake County school district's busing policy and fresh attempts by new board members to challenge it. "The board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to support the creation ...   More
 
Sunday, February 28, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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