UPDATED: Lincoln Posts Lowest Grad Rate for African-American Students of Any PPS High School

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At one high school in Portland, only 38 percent of black kids graduate in four years, according to data released by the Oregon Department of Education on Friday. It’s Lincoln High—the worst in the district for black students graduating on time, according to data released for the 2010-11 school year.Lincoln, meanwhile, has the highest overall graduation rate among PPS high schools (84 percent), ...   More
 
Monday, January 30, 2012 HANNAH HOFFMAN

African-American Students Face Big Disparity in How Often They're Disciplined in Multnomah County Schools


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African-American students across Multnomah County are being suspended and expelled from middle and high schools at nearly 3.5 times the rate of white students, according to a report released Jan. 10 by the Multnomah County Commission on Children, Families & Community.The report finds disparity among the treatment of Hispanic and Native American students as well—a trend that's been also been found ...   More
 
Thursday, January 26, 2012 HANNAH HOFFMAN

Portland's Taxpayer-Funded PR Industrial Complex

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We know times are tough for government agencies. They’re cutting services—and sometimes trying to raise taxes—because of the recession. But a study by WW reveals there’s one sector of government that seems to be not only surviving, but thriving: public relations. Public agencies of all kinds have communication offices that employ squadrons of spokespeople who sometimes outnumber the reporters ...   More
 
Thursday, May 19, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Pro-Tax Campaign for Schools Turns to Paid Canvassers

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Portlanders for Schools, the election committee with a $1.1 million war chest, plans to hire paid canvassers to go door-to-door for the two Portland Public Schools tax measures on the May 17 ballot.A spokesman for the pro-tax campaign says it's increasingly difficult to reach voters, especially younger voters, by phone. As a result, the campaign is knocking on doors this weekend and the next to talk ...   More
 
Saturday, May 7, 2011 by

Portlanders for Schools Launch Television Ads

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Portlanders for Schools, flush with cash for two campaigns to increase property taxes for schools, today launched two TV ads designed to provoke maximum sympathy for the multimillion-dollar measures. (Sidenote: The latest figures from the state elections division show the Portland Association of Teachers union recently donated $100,000 to the campaign, bringing Portlanders for Schools' total to $1 ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Teachers Meet to Discuss Critical High School Question


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One part of Portland Public Schools' new two-year contract with its teachers union is supposed to save the financially starved district $4 million a year by increasing high-school teachers' workload.But that feature of the new contract—to have high-school teachers teach six out of eight periods a day instead of five out of seven—still remains something of a proposal. While PPS administrators have ...   More
 
Monday, April 18, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Tax Campaign for Schools Crosses Million-Dollar Mark

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The campaign committee supporting the two Portland Public Schools tax measures on the May 17 ballot has raised at least $1 million to urge passage of the large levies, a consultant for the campaign announced yesterday.Online election records for Portlanders for Schools still show that campaign committee has collected $800,000, but expect those state records to be updated shortly.A million bucks is ...   More
 
Friday, April 15, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Charter School Suspends Classes Due to Financial Problems (Updated)

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Trillium Charter School, a K-12 facility in North Portland that serves 350 students, has suspended classes temporarily because of financial difficulties.In an online message to parents at Trillium, officials with the school say scarce resources and insufficient financial controls created the problem that threatens the school's continued existence."The board and new administration of Trillium were informed ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Portlanders for Schools Cross $500,000 Mark

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Portlanders for Schools, the campaign fund for both Portland Public Schools' $548 million construction bond and its $57 million-a-year operating levy, recently crossed the half-million mark in fund-raising.To date, the group has raised just over $577,ooo for the two tax-increase measures on the May ballot.Among the top donors in recent weeks: Walsh Construction gave $12,500, for a total now of $25,000; ...   More
 
Thursday, March 24, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

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