Measly Numbers

Anti-vaccination ideas flourish at private and charter schools.

News Stories
Shining Star Waldorf School doesn’t look like a potential incubator for an outbreak of disease.  The small private school holds elementary and middle-school classes in a church basement   More
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 AARON MESH

2015 Portland School Board Election: Greg Belisle Won't Run Again


Greg Belisle, a member of the Portland Public Schools Board since 2011, has announced in an email that he will not seek a second term in May.The news isn't entirely surprising. Belisle, who walked onto the board four years ago with zero competition, faced a stiff challenge this year from Mike Rosen, a parent activist from Southeast Portland's Zone 7 with sharp questions for PPS's current ...   More
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Public Schools Announces Two More Principal Swaps


Students and parents at Hosford Middle School and Richmond Elementary School, both in Southeast Portland, are coming back from winter break to new interim principals. The changes are just the latest in a string of principal swaps in Portland Public Schools this school year, including particularly tumultuous turnover at Glencoe Elementary School, also in Southeast Portland. Pam Joyner, the principal ...   More
Friday, January 9, 2015 GABRIELLA DUNN

Pam Knowles, Portland School Board Co-Chair, Appears to Violate Open Meetings Law

Knowles denies this, says her actions complied with rules


Oregon Public Broadcasting on Monday published a short but intriguing story about a Sunday, Dec. 7 email from Pam Knowles, co-chair of the Portland School Board, to colleagues on the board.The email appeared to seek consensus among the seven board members on a controversial change to Portland Public Schools' transfer policies. Board members will be talking about that change at its regular board ...   More
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Grant High School Magazine Pans Proposed Temporary Relocation to Marshall

Student journos say PPS decision penalizes low-income and minority students


The Grant High School magazine has taken an in-depth look at Portland Public Schools' decision to relocate the students and staff from Northeast Portland to the mothballed Marshall High School campus in outer Southeast during a massive renovation in 2017.The investigation by the student journalists found PPS' handling of the move wanting. As Grant Magazine reporters Hunter Stewart and Koji Wieber put ...   More
Monday, December 8, 2014 WW Staff

2015 Portland School Board Election: Candidate Paul Anthony Enters the Fray

Paul Anthony, a North Portland parent activist and CFO for a Beaverton-based financial services company, has announced he's running for the Portland School Board to challenge incumbent Matt Morton in North Portland's Zone 2. Anthony has three children in Portland Public Schools, two at Chief Joseph/Ockley Green K-8 and one at Benson Polytechnic High School. He has been instrumental in efforts ...   More
Friday, December 5, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Superintendent Carole Smith Proposes Ending Neighborhood Transfer Lottery


Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith will recommend ending neighborhood-to-neighborhood lottery transfers among K-8 students Tuesday night—a proposal aimed at achieving greater equity and balancing enrollment among elementary, K-8 and middle schools.Smith's proposal to the school board follows a recent report from a volunteer committee that studied two intertwined issues: heightened ...   More
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Sellwood Middle School Held Student Body Election for Only Students of Color

Sellwood's principal today sent a letter to parents about the 2011-12 incident to resolve U.S. Office for Civil Rights complaint


It's not every day that the feds investigate student council races at middle schools.Portland Public Schools today is making amends for a March 2012 decision at Sellwood Middle School to hold a student council election open only to students of color in an attempt to increase minority representation on the school's council.Thursday, Principal Brian Anderson wrote to Sellwood parents about ...   More
Thursday, November 20, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Roosevelt High Cafeteria Worker Refuses to Give Student Lunch After Online Complaint About Food

Student's mother calls it "retaliation" for mother's Facebook post


These cheese sticks looked disgusting.The lunch Roosevelt High School junior April Ehrman says her school's cafeteria served her last week was so bad, she took photos of it with her phone. "The cheese had come completely out of the bread and the cheese was as hard as plastic," she says.Her mother, Samantha Ehrman, later posted the photos to a St. Johns Facebook group with a note, "This is what is being ...   More
Thursday, November 6, 2014 BETH SLOVIC


Web Design for magazines