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


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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

Portland Parents Coalition Wants to See the New Teachers' Contract

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The Portland Association of Teachers and Portland Public Schools have averted a strike with a tentative contract agreement, allowing Portland parents and officials to wipe their brows. "Hallelujah," Mayor Charlie Hales said in Portland City Hall this morning. "And it's a good contract. They deserve some sleep."But not everybody is happy.The Portland Parents Coalition—which earlier filed a complaint ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Here's What Happened Inside the Vote to Authorize a Teachers' Strike

"It was a sea of blue, thousands of people in blue."

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Members of the Portland Association of Teachers voted Wednesday night to authorize a Feb. 20 walkout of Portland Public Schools classrooms—pushing the district perilously close to its first-ever teachers' strike. Their decision leaves just 14 days to resolve more than 9 months of bargaining where school district officials and union representatives talked past each other over the terms of a new contract.The ...   More
 
Thursday, February 6, 2014 AARON MESH

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

Fast Talkers

The Portland School District and teachers reached a speedy labor deal. But is that necessarily a good thing?


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The School Board on Monday night hailed Portland Public Schools’ new labor contract with teachers as collaborative   More
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Read the Transcript: Trudy Sargent Says "No" to Teachers Contract

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The Portland School Board voted 5-1 last night to approve a new, two-year agreement with the district's teachers union, the Portland Association of Teachers. Board member Martín González was the lone "no" vote. But board colleague Trudy Sargent, who missed the last-minute meeting due to prior travel plans, sent a 3 1/2-page written statement explaining why she would have voted "no," too.   Following ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Schools to Give Veteran Teachers a Pay Bump

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Portland Public Schools' tentative agreement with its teachers union, the Portland Association of Teachers, includes a salary increase for the district's most veteran teachers in the second year of the proposed two-year contract.That pay bump comes in the form of a new "step" on the teachers' salary schedule and translates to a 2 percent raise for teachers with more than 12 years of teaching experience. ...   More
 
Thursday, March 3, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Teachers Rally in Portland for Wisconsin

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Protesters will descend on Salem tomorrow to show support for collective bargaining in Wisconsin. But pro-union Portlanders have another chance to do the same closer to home today.At 4 pm today, hundreds of teachers from National Education Association's Pacific Regional Leadership Conference in Portland will gather downtown at Director Park, home of Portland's Teachers Fountain. The rally, which will ...   More
 
Friday, February 25, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Two Education Policy Forums of Note Next Week


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Jefferson High School hosts two forums on the challenges of public education next week. The first forum, on Wednesday, Dec. 8, will cover recent changes in how the Seattle public school district evaluates teacher performance. Hosted by Stand for Children, the Black Parent Initiative, and Community & Parents for Public Schools, the event from 6:30 pm to 8 pm will feature a labor negotiator ...   More
 
Sunday, December 5, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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