Annotated Press Release: Portland Public Schools Terminate Employment of Pro-Life Teacher

Bill Diss terminated, claims stance on abortion was the reason.

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An annotated version of a press release sent to Willamette Week by Tom Ciesielka of TC Public Relations of Chicago concerning the recent termination of longtime Portland teacher Bill Diss who, on Monday, was reportedly fired by Portland school board. Our annotations are in italics.Portland, Oregon: On Monday, December 16, 2013 the school board for the Portland Public School District voted ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by Martin Cizmar

Fake Portland Snow Day E-mailed From... China?

Local news, Portland Police Bureau briefly punked.

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Local media got snowed last night by an e-mail saying that Portland Public Schools would be delayed two hours for snow that had yet to materialize.  KGW and KATU sent out tweets with the news. The Portland Police Bureau did likewise. Fifteen-year-olds across the city, we presume, cracked their energy drinks and sparkling apple ciders.But alas! It was not to be. Within about fifteen minutes, ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Hotseat: Don Gavitte

A fed-up Portland teacher campaigns to take Salem to school.


Q & A
Don Gavitte’s classroom walls are covered in college pennants: Stanford, Marquette, Hunter, Barnard, Oregon. All sent by grateful former students. They are banners of Gavitte’s success. Gavi   More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Take and Give and Take

What’s really at stake in the contract fight between the Portland schools and teachers.


News Stories
Portland Public Schools, the state’s largest school district, has troubles enough as it is. It’s under fire from its auditor for abysmal graduation rates, facing a formal complaint from pare   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 RAMONA DENIES

Portland Public Schools Declares Impasse In Contract Talks With Teachers

Union calls action "dangerous and reckless"

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Portland Public Schools has declared an impasse in negotiations with the Portland Association of Teachers, its 3,600-member teachers' union. The announcement sets the timeline for a possible strike by the union. The schools and teachers have spent six months trying to negotiate over a new contract, but both sides have characterized talks as unproductive, accusing the other side of trying to force ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Strike Force

History and hard feelings in Portland teacher union talks.


News Stories
Teachers are putting up decorations and kids are learning holiday songs, but there’s not a lot of cheer at Portland Public Schools right now. Contract talks between teachers and the district   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Flunk Factories

The ugly truth about graduation rates at Portland’s high schools.


Cover Story
On a balmy, nearly full-moon August evening, only a few people showed up at a Portland Public Schools board meeting. That was fortunate for board members and Superintendent Carole Smith, because d   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Fast Times at PPS High

A coalition of parents alleges that cuts in high-school classroom hours violate Oregon law.


News Stories
When it comes to the number of hours students spend in the classroom, Oregon is already near the bottom of the barrel. It’s especially bad in the Portland Public Schools, where fewer than 20 p   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Expel Check

Portland Public Schools has spent millions to help stop racial profiling of students in discipline cases. The problem is getting worse.


Cover Story
Kwame Briggs knows how his son feels. Briggs, 36, says he often spent time in the principal’s office and detention when he attended Portland Public Schools in the 1990s. He admits he was no    More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Inbox: Disciplining Black Students


Letters to the Editor
As members of the School Board, we are committed to accelerating and deepening our efforts to eliminate racial disparities in our schools [“Expel Check,” WW, Sept. 25, 2013]. We want every o   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

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