Portland Public Schools' Confidentiality Agreement is "Under Review"

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Portland Public Schools has hit pause on a plan to ask district office employees to sign a sweeping confidentiality agreement that one expert called unenforceable."The document is under review," PPS spokeswoman Christine Miles tells WW via email.The agreement, which goes far beyond protecting the privacy of students and employees, defined "confidential information" as "information of any ...   More
 
Thursday, October 30, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Campaign for PPS Levy Sets No Limits on Contributions

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The campaign to renew Portland Public Schools’ five-year local option levy is soliciting donations to the same war chest that paid for the district’s successful $482 million bond campaign in 2012. But unlike two years ago, there’s no cap on contributions from building contractors. Two firms with contracts to renovate Roosevelt High School—Lease Crutcher Lewis, a construction ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Black. Special Ed. Punished.

The Portland schools’ discipline rate against black students in special education brings sanctions from the state.


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J.’s mother is the first to tell you her fifth-grader isn’t perfect. He entered pre-kindergarten at Irvington Elementary School with a host of troubles that made it hard for him to express   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

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

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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 districts around the country. In Portland, community and parent groups have been pressing PPS ...   More
 
Monday, June 2, 2014 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Suspended Disbelief

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


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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

Book It For Next Year

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

Strike Out

Friction between labor and management could have long-term consequences for Portland.


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Two of Portland’s biggest organized labor groups spent the last week girding for the latest skirmishes in a larger campaign. “I would never compare myself to a brave American soldier fighting    More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 AARON MESH

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

Grade: Incomplete

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


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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

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