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Former Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen to Head Charter School


Former Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen, who resigned last September after admitting having an affair with a county health department employee, is taking a new job as the head of Portland's Leadership and Entrepren...   More
Friday, August 22, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

PPS Says It Will Take Steps to Cut Racial Discipline Disparities By Half

expel check

For years, the gap has been growing between the percentage of black students and white students Portland Public Schools suspends or expels. And the gap has kept growing despite expensive efforts by PPS to close it.
The gap in disciplinary rates is a problem shared by school distric...   More
Monday, June 2, 2014 by RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Suspended Disbelief

A community group calls on PPS to end disciplinary practices that keep kids out of school.

Sheila Warren says she’s fed up. For years now, she and others have been asking Portland Public Schools to change the way it disciplines students who get into trouble. She’s written lett   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

State Finds Portland Public Schools Violating State Law By Offering Too Little Instructional Time for High School Students


The Oregon Department of Education today released a sharply worded report that found Portland Public Schools fails to provide its high school students with minimum instructional requirements under Oregon law.

In his report, Rob Saxton, the state deputy su...   More
Thursday, March 13, 2014 by RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Book It For Next Year

Portland Public Schools delayed a key reading program to focus on contract talks.

Amid the angst over whether the Portland Association of Teachers would go on strike Feb. 20, Portland Public Schools’ central administration put a hold on one of its key priorities—getting s   More
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Grade: Incomplete

Portland Public Schools is months behind in releasing its progress report on helping minority students.

Portland Public Schools managed to get reports cards out this week to its 47,000 students, who may wonder (along with hovering parents) how well they’re performing. Don’t expect the same for   More
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Starting A College Stampede

A Franklin High program getting more kids into higher ed still awaits school-district funding.

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Giant white sheets of paper cover the walls of Susan Anglada Bartley’s Advanced Placement English classroom at Franklin High School, the long pages listing the 88 seniors in her classes, the c   More
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Hotseat: Don Gavitte

A fed-up Portland teacher campaigns to take Salem to school.

Q & A
Don Gavitte’s classroom walls are covered in college pennants: Stanford, Marquette, Hunter, Barnard, Oregon. All sent by grateful former students. They are banners of Gavitte’s success. Gavi   More
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Strike Force

History and hard feelings in Portland teacher union talks.

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Teachers are putting up decorations and kids are learning holiday songs, but there’s not a lot of cheer at Portland Public Schools right now. Contract talks between teachers and the district   More
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY
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