Teachers to Rally at Portland School Board Meeting

Portland teachers will hold a rally at 6:15 pm outside tonight's 7 pm Portland School Board meeting to pressure the district to reach agreement on a new contract. The Portland Association of Teachers union, which represents about 3,800 educators in Portland Public Schools, has been without a contract since June 2008. Since then, the district has asked teachers to agree to five furlough days and ...   More
Monday, October 12, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Teachers Overpower School Board Meeting

Several hundred Portland Public Schools teachers gathered outside Monday night's school board meeting to protest contract talks that have dragged on since before June 2008, when the teachers' contract expired. Their chanting outside delayed the meeting's start time — then threatened to overpower the opening minutes. As school board chairwoman Trudy Sargent pounded the gavel to start the ...   More
Tuesday, November 10, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

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

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

Jobs With Justice Awards PPS A "Grinch" Award

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

Rigler Parents Want Solutions for Overcrowded School

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

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

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

Final Offers: Portland Public Schools and Portland Association of Teachers

The deadline for Portland Public Schools and the Portland Association of Teachers union to submit their final offers to state mediators was Thursday at 5 pm, now that the school district has declared an impasse. Negotiations have been ongoing for 19 months. Below are the lengthy documents from both sides. More analysis later. PPS's offer [PDF]. PAT Part 1 [PDF]. PAT Part 2 [PDF]. PAT ...   More
Friday, February 12, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Teachers Union Reaches Tentative Agreement with Portland Public Schools

Late Saturday night, Portland Public Schools announced it had reached a confidential, tentative agreement with the Portland Association of Teachers union. Portland teachers have worked without a contract since June 2008, a fact that produced two angry demonstrations at School Board meetings in recent months. The possible three-year agreement follows the school district's declaration two weeks ...   More
Sunday, February 14, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Teachers and School Board Strike New Deal

After almost two years of negotiations that twice erupted in protests from teachers, the Portland Association of Teachers union and the Portland School Board have voted to approve a new three-year contract for teachers. The union, which represents more than 3,000 Portland teachers and guidance counselors, ratified the agreement by secret ballot Friday night; the School Board voted "yes" to the agreement ...   More
Saturday, February 27, 2010 BETH SLOVIC


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