GovDocs Adds Salary Database for Portland Public Schools' Employees

Oregon Capitol News today added new information to its database of public employees' salaries, listing for the first time the wages at Portland Public Schools, the state's largest school district. The database, based on information given to the Oregon Capitol News by the school district, appears to have a few glitches. For example, it lists a physical education social studies teacher at Lincoln ...   More
Monday, January 17, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Schools Activist Files New Civil Rights Complaint

PPS - School Activist

Veteran schools activist Marta Guembes, who last year ruffled feathers with her one-woman investigation of Portland Public Schools' services for Spanish-speaking parents, filed a fourth federal civil-rights complaint against the district on Monday. The new complaint alleges discrimination by PPS against parents of English-language learners and says the district lacks adequate translation and interpretation ...   More
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

The Newest Big Donors to Revived Portland Schools Campaign

 A week after the Portland School Board voted torefer a $548 million construction bond to the May ballot, fundraising for a long-dormant political action committee for schools has picked up considerably.In recent days, big-money donations have poured into the “Portlanders for Schools” committee, which supported the successful 2006 local-option levy for Portland Public Schools. ...   More
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

High-School Redesign: District Reveals Mayor’s “Blue Ribbon Taskforce”

  One huge, unresolved issue surrounding Portland Public Schools’ high-school redesign concerns career training. Under Superintendent Carole Smith’s School Board-approved plan, Benson Polytechnic High School will offer fewer career-training classes to a smaller number of students. However, the remaining eight high-school campuses will offer students access to jobs-focused classes that ...   More
Monday, November 1, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Another Day, Another Death Knell for Vicki Phillips' Legacy

Cathy Mincberg, who was hired in 2005 by then-Superintendent Vicki Phillips for Portland Public Schools, is leaving the district for a new job. Mincberg will be vice president and chief academic officer with a Portland-based online education provider (whose websites bear eery resemblance to online advertisements for certain pharmaceuticals.) But I digress. Mincberg's four-year tenure at PPS ...   More
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Local Schools Respond to Swine Flu

Portland Public Schools is telling students, teachers and parents to take precautions to prevent the spread of swine flu. One local school, Sabin K-8 in Northeast Portland, is going a step further. ----- Forwarded Message ---- From: "" To: Cc: Richard Schafer Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2009 1:41:03 PM Subject: Global Experience Event - Thursday, May ...   More
Thursday, April 30, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

School Board Election Results: González and Knowles Win Zones 4 and 5

Complete results from Tuesday's special election arrived quickly, given the 14.5 percent voter turnout, and there were a few surprises: The contest for the seat in Zone 5 on Portland Public Schools' Board of Education was not nearly as close as one might have expected between two candidates with long records of school involvement. Pam Knowles beat Scott Bailey 25,055 to 15,479, as of Wednesday ...   More
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

More Shakeups in Portland Public Schools

The news of the day at Portland Public Schools was supposed to be this, the reorganization of the district's high schools. Instead, it's also this: Heidi Franklin, the chief financial officer at PPS, is resigning on July 2, after more than 11 years with the district. She is the second high-level PPS official to announce her departure in recent weeks, after Cathy Mincberg, the district's former ...   More
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

A Free Ride For Portland High School Students

This morning Portland City Council will consider an intergovernmental agreement with Portland Public Schools and TriMet to give all high school students in PPS a free, unlimited bus pass for the upcoming school year. Classes start Sept. 8. PPS is contributing the $800,000 it already put aside to pay for bus passes for a small portion of its students (whose transportation to and from school is ...   More
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Vicki Phillips In The News

The Associated Press in Seattle reports on changes at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, whose education director is a familiar name to Portlanders. Nine years and $2 billion into its work to improve America's public schools, the Seattle-based foundation is turning its focus to teacher effectiveness. Which seems to be a nice way of saying the foundation's last big effort -- turning comprehensive ...   More
Friday, August 28, 2009 BETH SLOVIC


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