Gov. John Kitzhaber hired Rudy Crew to smash the status quo in Oregon schools. What comes after that?
Anybody who thinks there are no second acts in American life should consider Rudolph Franklin Crew.
is a leading figure in the national education reform movement. Over the
past 30 years, he
NewsGov. John Kitzhaber delivered his state-of-the-state speech in the Capitol this morning. Kitzhaber told lawamkers, who are in organizational meetings prior to convening the regular session in February, that he needs their help in cutting public employee pension benefits and prison spending.
Kitahaber also included a high level of specificity on a couple of the biggest challenges facin...More
Port watchers will remember that a dozen years ago, the ship repair company then called Cascade General (now called Vigor Industrial) sold the largest floating dry dock in the Western Hemisphere for $26.5 million.The dock was at Swan Island on the Willamette River. The sale was controversial at the time because ...
Political consultant Jon Isaacs, who ran a successful capital bond campaign last year for Portland Public Schools, is going to work for PPS Superintendent Carole Smith, according to three sources familiar with his plans.
In 2012, he also helped run mayoral candidate Eileen Brady's unsuccessful primary campaign. Isaacs rose to prominence within political circles running FutureP...More
Kitzhaber nixes universities’ hopes of cutting health costs.
Oregon’s seven state universities have been clamoring for years for more independence from bureaucratic state regulations.
As taxpayer support
for them has waned, Oregon University System offici
One of the subtexts of last year's mayoral race was that the major public employee unions—all except Service Employees International Union—bet on then-Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland), who finished a distant second to Charlie Hales.Late in the race, Portland police and fire unions w...More
The Oregon Firearms Federation and similar groups from around the country today wrote to members of Congress asking members to keep their hands off Americans' guns and gun rights.
Here's a statement from OFF:
Oregon Firearms Federation (OFF), the state’s only “no compromise” gun lobby joined two dozen other gun rights advocate groups across the country today in sending an...
A parent activist becomes a powerful schools critic—and a force PPS can't ignore.
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