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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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


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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

The Arts Ax

As You Pay your $35, some Portland schools will see fewer arts teachers than last year.


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Portland voters gave their blessing to a $35-a-person tax last fall on the promise the money would be used to restore arts and music to the city’s public schools. So imagine the surprise of    More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 SARA SNEATH

Buel Defeats Gonzalez In Key Portland Public Schools Board Race

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Steve Buel defeated incumbent Martin Gonzalez in Tuesday's election in the race for Portland Public Schools board for Zone 4, which includes North Portland.Buel—who has previously served on the board—is leading Gonzalez 54 percent to 44 percent in the race. Another 2 percent of votes went to write-in candidates.The two men also faced each other in 2009. Normally, the power of incumbency ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 WW Staff

Champion Grant High Constitution Team: "We Care About Everyone"

For a second consecutive year, a Portland high school takes top honors

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Don’t call it a dynasty just yet, but for the second year in a row a Portland high school has the best Constitution team in the country. Grant High’s team took top honors at the “We the People” event in Washington D.C. on Monday night, besting 57 teams from across the country. Lincoln High School won the 2012 contest. The competition takes the form of a congressional hearing. Students ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 MATT KAUFFMAN

Miracle on 135th Avenue

A Portland high school where students speak 55 languages shows Oregon how to reform education.


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Hae Nay Paw is trying to concentrate. A petite sophomore at David Douglas High School, she hunches over her desk, scrawling notes, a curtain of dark hair covering half her face, as if to block out   More
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

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