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

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.


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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

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