Portland School Board Election 2015: Esparza Brown, Anthony and Kohnstamm Lead

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Julie Esparza Brown, Paul Anthony and Amy Kohnstamm, candidates for Portland Public Schools' Board of Education, are leading in initial election results from Multnomah County's elections division.But the race between Kohnstamm and Bobbie Regan, a three-term incumbent, is the closest. Early results put Kohnstamm's lead at 13,536 votes to Regan's 11,527.Esparza Brown leads with about 22,000 votes ...   More
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Oregon School Activities Association Catches Flak But Holds Ground on Decision to Bump Cleveland High's Choir

OSAA disqualified team after it failed to submit its application on time.


The Oregon School Activities Association was battered by news stories last week for bumping Cleveland High School's choir from the state championship May 7-9 due to a clerical error on the school’s part. KATU Channel 2, KGW Channel 8, KOIN Channel 6 and Fox Channel 12 all aired stories about the snafu, which also saw two other choirs kicked out for similarly trivial violations. ...   More
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 ANTHONY MACUK

Portland School Board Overturns Superintendent's Basketball Ruling, Gives Girls Equal Footing


In a stinging rebuke of Superintendent Carole Smith, the Portland School Board voted 5-0 Tuesday night to overturn Smith's rejection of a mother's Title IX complaint against the district.The board's decision clears the way for a new way of scheduling boys and girls basketball games during the 2015-16 season.Wilson High School mom Allison Horn complained late last year (before the start of the 2014-15 ...   More
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

'Community Service' at César Chávez K-8 School Hit Black Students Disproportionately


Data newly released to WW show black students were twice as likely as Latino students and nearly three times as likely as white students to be punished with cleaning duties at César Chávez K-8 School under the school’s now suspended “community service” program.WW first highlighted in March that César Chávez officials were forcing some misbehaving students to pick up trash, clean tables and ...   More
Friday, May 1, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

New Class

Our picks for 2015 School Board candidates who can bring about meaningful change.

Far more students are graduating from Portland Public Schools than 10 years ago. Several major school renovations are about to start   More
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 WW Staff

Loss of Principals

The Portland School District is seeing large turnover—and increasing drama—among the heads of its schools.

On paper, Sara Gandarilla seemed the perfect fit for Rigler Elementary School. Gandarilla—who took over as Rigler principal last fall—came armed with four years of bilingual teaching exper   More
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Another Portland Public Schools Principal Out on Leave

Rigler Elementary is the latest affected by PPS's tumult


Portland Public Schools officials announced Friday morning that Sara Gandarilla, Rigler Elementary School's first-year principal, is going out on medical leave and won't be returning to the school this year or next.The announcement—following weeks of complaints from teachers about Gandarilla—is just the latest from PPS concerning the abrupt departure of a principal. On March 19, several ...   More
Friday, April 24, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Portland School Board Splits 3-3 on Salary Audit


A resolution to audit administrative salaries in Portland Public Schools failed Tuesday night on a 3-3 vote, but supporters are vowing to bring it back after the May 19 election when a new school board would likely approve it.Board members Tom Koehler, Steve Buel and Bobbie Regan supported the measure. Pam Knowles, Ruth Adkins and Greg Belisle opposed it. Adkins and Belisle aren't running again. ...   More
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Remember Portland's $5 Million Gift to Portland Public Schools?

Former Mayor Sam Adams' 2012 rescue will now cost PPS $4.5 million.


Former Mayor Sam Adams made a major splash in 2012 when he announced he would prop up local school district budgets with $7 million in city funds, including $5 million specifically earmarked for Portland Public Schools.At PPS, Superintendent Carole Smith, school board members and the Portland Association of Teachers union applauded the rescue, crediting it with saving 110 teaching positions and ...   More
Monday, April 20, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Running Laps for Not Getting to Her 'Carpet Square' on Time?

That's the punishment one Portland mother says Chief Joseph Elementary School gave her daughter.


César Chávez K-8 School isn't the only one in Portland Public Schools to discipline students in ways that run counter to the district's own policies, according to an email newly released to WW.New records released by PPS show a parent of one student at Chief Joseph Elementary School says her child was made to run laps as punishment—even though the district's rule prohibit it.Last month, ...   More
Friday, April 17, 2015 by Beth Slovic


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