Majority of PPS Board Turns to Closing Jeff as Neighborhood School (UPDATED with community meeting)


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The latest development in the constantly evolving re-design of Portland Public Schools' high schools is that a majority of the school board now wants to close Jefferson as a neighborhood school. That's sure to make for some serious community pushback from Jefferson's defenders at the board's next work session on June 16 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm, and then before the board's expected vote on the entire ...   More
 
Friday, June 11, 2010 HANK STERN

Key Architect of High-School Redesign to Leave Portland Public Schools


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Xavier Botana, Portland Public Schools' chief academic officer and one of the architects of the pending high-school redesign, is leaving the school district after just one year. In an email to PPS staff today, Superintendent Carole Smith said Botana's departure was due to an illness in his family. Carla Randall, principal of Madison High School, will replace Botana on Aug. 10, his last day with ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Facebook Fans Urge PPS to "Save Portland PE!"


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Pressure is building at Portland Public Schools following Superintendent Carole Smith's announcement last week that the school district might eliminate wholesale programs like physical education or art, music and other electives at elementary, middle and K-8 schools. The superintendent proposed those cuts to help fill the district's $19 million budget hole for next year. And now, a new Facebook ...   More
 
Monday, June 28, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Updated: Portland Superintendent Gives Principals a Break


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Superintendent Carole Smith is giving Portland Public Schools principals and vice principals extra time off this summer as she prepares to lay off more than 120 teachers amid the latest statewide budget crisis. "In this difficult climate, we will not be requiring principals and vice principals to work a minimum of 18 workdays during the summer," writes Hank Harris, the district's human resources ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 6, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Superintendent Recommends Naming School for César Chávez


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The Portland School Board will decide next week whether to rename Clarendon-Portsmouth K-8 School for Mexican-American activist César E. Chávez. The board's upcoming decision comes after Superintendent Carole Smith made the recommendation today to a subcommittee of the School Board. The idea for the school's renaming stretches back at least two years. It first surfaced about the ...   More
 
Monday, July 12, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Portland School Board Asks for Clarity on Central-Office Cuts


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The Portland School Board tonight gave the go-ahead to Superintendent Carole Smith to cut $13 million, not $19 million, from the 2010-11 school year's budget, trusting that federal lawmakers will make up the difference. But a few School Board members, notably Martín González, pushed back on the superintendent for not offering many details on her proposed cuts to the district's ...   More
 
Monday, July 19, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

PPS Won't Release Proposed Central-Office Budget Cuts, Says They're Not Public


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Superintendent Carole Smith announced this afternoon that Portland Public Schools won't have to make as many cuts next year as the district had feared. That's thanks to the promise of new federal funding, which the district says will save many of its previously imperiled teaching jobs. Now instead of $19 million in cuts, PPS must make $13 million in reductions next year -- 52 positions in the ...   More
 
Friday, July 16, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Marshall Plan: No New Details from PPS on Sharing Marshall with David Douglas


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Schools activist Carrie Adams provides this update today on Portland Public Schools' stated goal of sharing the Marshall High School campus with the David Douglas School District. The one-sentence summary? PPS is no closer to hatching a plan now than it was in June, when WW last wrote about the effort. The idea to share the campus with David Douglas emerged in April from Superintendent Carole ...   More
 
Friday, July 16, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Public Schools Releases Central-Office Cuts


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Portland Public Schools has released the details of Superintendent Carole Smith's plan to reduce spending at the district's central office. Those cuts (released Friday and posted above) will save $3 million a year and are part of a $13 million reduction in spending due to statewide budget cuts. The school district's general counsel would not provide a list of the proposed cuts until after the ...   More
 
Monday, July 26, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Update On Portland Public Schools' Wait For a Rescue


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We wrote last month how Portland Public Schools was banking on Congress to OK federal spending that would allow the school district to fill the remaining $6 million gap in its budget. And today, the U.S. Senate appears to have justified that hope for a rescue—allowing the largest district in Oregon to preserve 60 teaching jobs—by clearing key procedural hurdles to permit a vote on ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 HANK STERN

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