High-School Redesign: Superintendent Proposes Changes for 2010


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One month after introducing her first proposal for reforming Portland Public Schools' high schools, Superintendent Carole Smith offered a new, slightly different plan. The biggest change to Smith's high-school redesign, presented at a work session with the School Board on Wednesday night, concerns Benson Polytechnic High. Under Smith's previous proposal, Benson was to become a two-year technical ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 2, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

High School Redesign: More Questions than Answers


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Thinking about what aspect of Portland Public Schools' latest high-school recommendations to examine feels a bit like standing at a car collision with several bleeding people in front of me. Superintendent Carole Smith's new modifications [PDF] pose many new unanswered questions. Why should Benson High limit its enrollment to 400 students, as Smith proposed this week? Won't those kids continue ...   More
 
Friday, June 4, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Three PPS Board Members Say Close Jefferson as a Neighborhood School


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Trudy Sargent, co-chairwoman of the Portland School Board, said at a board meeting this afternoon that she didn't support Superintendent Carole Smith's proposal for reforming Portland's high schools and instead favors a huge change for Jefferson High School. The superintendent's plan calls for shrinking Benson Polytechnic High's student population from 1,000 to 400 and reinventing the three ...   More
 
Monday, June 7, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

High-School Redesign: Some PPS Freshmen in Limbo


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Last week's tweaks to Portland Public Schools' high-school redesign put hundreds of eighth-grade students in the district in limbo. That's because Superintendent Carole Smith proposed eliminating the ninth grades at both Benson Polytechnic and Marshall high schools this fall on the assumption (now incredibly shaky) that the Portland School Board would approve her plan to turn Benson and Marshall ...   More
 
Thursday, June 10, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Portland School Board and Superintendent Suspend the High-School Redesign


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Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith announced tonight that district administrators, with the support of the School Board, would suspend all decisions about the high-school redesign until at least September. That means there will be no votes on any aspect of the redesign, which has been in the works for 30 months, until the start of the next school year. The School Board had been ...   More
 
Monday, June 21, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Portland School Board Delays Work Session, High-School-Redesign Vote


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The Portland School Board cancelled a 5:30 pm work session on the proposed high-school redesign tonight but allowed a protest of one of their latest ideas -- to close Jefferson High School as a neighborhood school -- to proceed anyway. The board also announced tonight it was delaying its scheduled vote on the overall high-school redesign by at least one week. That vote had been expected to take place ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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

Another Administrator Leaves Jefferson at Crucial Juncture


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Aurora Lora, the top administrator at Jefferson's Young Women's Academy, announced today [PDF] she is leaving the district June 30 for a job as an executive director of K-12 education with Seattle Public Schools. Her departure after three years at the Young Women's Academy comes at a difficult time in the history of Jefferson High School. Last week, a majority of the Portland School Board said ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

High-School Redesign: Jefferson Supporters Voice Frustration, Disappointment


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In front of depictions of tombstones that carried the names of short-lived Jefferson High School principals and even shorter-lived Jefferson reforms, Superintendent Carole Smith told a crowded cafeteria full of Jefferson supporters tonight that "people are still listening" and "your voices matter." The decorations for the evening's PTA session -- which also included a classroom skeleton dressed ...   More
 
Monday, June 14, 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

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