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

Portland Superintendent Proposes Eliminating Physical Education, Art or Music in Primary Grades


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Portland Public Schools' Superintendent Carole Smith has proposed the wholesale elimination of either physical education programs or a combination of other electives like art, music and foreign language to balance next year's budget for the district's elementary, K-8 and middle schools. And the cuts to the district's $445 million general fund don't end there. As PPS struggles to fill a sudden ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 23, 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 Superintendent Asks PPS Teachers for Wage Freeze


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Less than four months after ratifying a new teachers contract for 2010-11, Portland Public Schools wants its 3,000-plus teachers and guidance counselors to give up their 2 percent cost-of-living increases to save jobs. The district also wants the union to freeze members' ability to make salary gains based on "steps" and "columns." (Steps are increases based on years of experience. Columns are pay ...   More
 
Friday, June 18, 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

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

Portland Public Schools Will Tap Reserves to Plug Hole


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The Portland School Board announced last night it will fill the sudden $6 million hole in the school district's 2010-11 budget with reserves. That means Portland Public Schools will use a total of $22 million in reserves for the school year that starts next week. As a result, there will be no more cuts to staff this year. However, next year's budget will be especially difficult given the lack ...   More
 
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

High-School Redesign Part 3: PPS Moves to Shutter Marshall High


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Superintendent Carole Smith unveiled the broad outlines of her latest high-school redesign this evening. Unlike the previous two iterations of the plan--the one Smith first introduced in April and the one a majority of the Portland School Board supported in June--this version calls for shuttering Marshall High School in Southeast Portland entirely. Both the superintendent and the board previously ...   More
 
Monday, September 27, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

High-School Redesign: Portland School Board Members Weigh in on Proposal To Close Marshall


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In two weeks, the Portland School Board is supposed to vote on the initial plans for Superintendent Carole Smith's high-school redesign. Last night's work session on the topic didn't exactly live up to its name--but not for lack of trying on the part of a few board members. Dilafruz Williams kicked off the session by expressing worry about the possible transition Marshall High School students ...   More
 
Thursday, September 30, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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