Glencoe Elementary Parents Say Teacher 'Punished' Fourth Graders who Opted Out of Test

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Portland Public Schools follows a liberal interpretation of state law, allowing any parent who claims a "religious" objection to standardized tests to opt their children out of testing. The opt-out movement has been drawing headlines lately because testing season is just around the corner, and Oregon students for the first time will face the Smarter Balanced Assessment, which replaces the less challenging ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 by Beth Slovic

PPS Kicks Overcrowding at Beverly Cleary Down the Road

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Portland Public Schools announced last week that it would continue to house Beverly Cleary K-8 School on three campuses for the 2015-16 school year.The decision marks a significant reversal from just a few months ago when PPS administrators vowed to find a better short-term solution for Beverly Cleary's overcrowding. No other school in PPS is spread across three campuses. The delay means the K-8 would ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 by Beth Slovic

Measly Numbers

Anti-vaccination ideas flourish at private and charter schools.


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Shining Star Waldorf School doesn’t look like a potential incubator for an outbreak of disease.  The small private school holds elementary and middle-school classes in a church basement   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 AARON MESH

2015 Portland School Board Election: Greg Belisle Won't Run Again

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Greg Belisle, a member of the Portland Public Schools Board since 2011, has announced in an email that he will not seek a second term in May.The news isn't entirely surprising. Belisle, who walked onto the board four years ago with zero competition, faced a stiff challenge this year from Mike Rosen, a parent activist from Southeast Portland's Zone 7 with sharp questions for PPS's current ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

2015 Portland School Board Election: Julie Esparza Brown Enters

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A new candidate has entered the field for the May Portland School Board elections.Julie Esparza Brown, an associate professor of special education at Portland State University, announced over the weekend that she's running for Ruth Adkins' seat representing Southwest Portland. Adkins, who's served two terms, hasn't said publicly whether she'll run again, although Brown's entrance seems to suggest Adkins ...   More
 
Monday, January 19, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

The Equalizer

Portland schools chief Carole Smith wants to reinvent the neighborhood school. Can she do it?


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Carole Smith is the most powerful woman in Oregon education. As superintendent of Portland Public Schools, she makes tough decisions every day regarding the district’s $535 million annual budg   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Public Schools Announces Two More Principal Swaps

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Students and parents at Hosford Middle School and Richmond Elementary School, both in Southeast Portland, are coming back from winter break to new interim principals. The changes are just the latest in a string of principal swaps in Portland Public Schools this school year, including particularly tumultuous turnover at Glencoe Elementary School, also in Southeast Portland. Pam Joyner, the principal ...   More
 
Friday, January 9, 2015 GABRIELLA DUNN

Pam Knowles, Portland School Board Co-Chair, Appears to Violate Open Meetings Law

Knowles denies this, says her actions complied with rules

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Oregon Public Broadcasting on Monday published a short but intriguing story about a Sunday, Dec. 7 email from Pam Knowles, co-chair of the Portland School Board, to colleagues on the board.The email appeared to seek consensus among the seven board members on a controversial change to Portland Public Schools' transfer policies. Board members will be talking about that change at its regular board ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Grant High School Magazine Pans Proposed Temporary Relocation to Marshall

Student journos say PPS decision penalizes low-income and minority students

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The Grant High School magazine has taken an in-depth look at Portland Public Schools' decision to relocate the students and staff from Northeast Portland to the mothballed Marshall High School campus in outer Southeast during a massive renovation in 2017.The investigation by the student journalists found PPS' handling of the move wanting. As Grant Magazine reporters Hunter Stewart and Koji Wieber put ...   More
 
Monday, December 8, 2014 WW Staff

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