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

Compression Bandage

Voters have told some schools they can have more money. But a fight is brewing in Salem whether to allow them to collect it.


News Stories
Not having enough money is a problem most public schools in Oregon understand well. But having money they can’t get access to—that’s even worse. In 2011, voters by nearly 3-to-2 approved a   More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland Teacher's Suit Says Disabled Kids Mistreated

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A former Portland Public Schools teacher has filed a whistleblower and discrimination lawsuit against the district, saying she was forced out of her job for calling attention to disturbing conditions for disabled students.Filed in Oregon District Court on Monday, former occupational therapist Christine Van Osdol says she and others were overworked and unable to provide legally-mandated care to disabled ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Voices 2013: Lainie Block Wilker

A parent activist becomes a powerful schools critic—and a force PPS can't ignore.


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If you Google the name Lainie Block Wilker, you get a photograph of Bobbie Regan instead. In the photo, Regan, the longest-serving member of Portland Public Schools’ Board of Education, is wee   More
 
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Hales: "Stay Angry" on School Safety, Gun Control

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Incoming Portland Mayor Charlie Hales intends to make a response to the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school massacre a top priority for his first week in office. The mayor, who takes office tonight at midnight, is scheduling a meeting this week with Portland Police Chief Mike Reese and the superintendents of all six school districts within Portland city limits, including Portland Public Schools ...   More
 
Monday, December 31, 2012 AARON MESH

Portrait of An Arts Tax

It’s not clear how a tax on Portlanders will keep its promises to schools.


News Stories
It used to be kids all over Portland came home from public school splattered in paint, smelling of papier-mâché paste and proudly carrying home their latest creation for the refrigerator door. A   More
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Murmurs: Top Local Planned Parenthood Official Out

Paying a headhunter to find a headhunter.


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The top official at Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette is out after 179 health-care workers fought for—and won—a union contract in a battle that brought unwanted publicity for the organization   More
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Wireless Waste

Portland schools have had to spend $172,000 fighting a parent's lawsuit over Wi-Fi.


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 One year ago, the parent of a Portland Public Schools student sued the district with claims a new Wi-Fi network in his daughter’s middle school was poisoning her and potentially harming other students.    More
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 COREY PEIN

Next Year Feds Won't Pay for School Lunches Without Fruits or Veggies

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In Portland Public Schools, it’s not only curriculum and academic standards that are changing. The standards for school lunches are changing too, due to a federal mandate.Gitta Grether-Sweeney, head of the PPS nutrition services, says next year the school district won’t get reimbursed for lunches where a child does not select at least one fruit or vegetable.Grether-Sweeney says meals aren’t expensive ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 HANNAH HOFFMAN

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