PPS Gets A New Director for English-Language Learners At A Tough Time


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Portland Public Schools' director of programs for English-language learners is on leave due to sickness and has a temporary replacement, Jean Fischer. The timing of director Diana Fernandez's departure could not be worse for Portland Public Schools. Next month, state officials will visit Portland to see if PPS is complying with a February 2009 audit (PDF) of the school district's program for ...   More
 
Thursday, October 22, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Top 10 Reasons To Worry About PPS's High School Redesign


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The first round of Portland Public Schools' community meetings about redesigning its high schools has ended. But what may be the most contentious meeting of them all lies ahead. On Dec. 8, PPS must make its case to Cleveland High School-area parents who already appear mighty skeptical of PPS's plans, according to this letter [PDF] dated Dec. 2. Here are the top 10 reasons Cleveland parents ...   More
 
Friday, December 4, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

An Update on K-8s in Portland


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A sub-committee of the Portland School Board met Monday to talk about the current state of Portland Public Schools' K-8s, the hybrid "elemiddles" Portland created starting in 2004. Here's a quick take on the 90-minute meeting: * The district recognizes some of the small K-8s may never be able to sustain the K-8 model. It's possible those K-8s won't stay K-8s forever. *All K-8s in the district ...   More
 
Thursday, November 19, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Mayor Adams All "Atwitter" About Lincoln High


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Mayor Sam Adams is weighing in on Portland Public Schools' high school redesign process. Judging from the emails I'm now getting from anxious parents about the upcoming changes, he may want to be careful what he Tweets. Here's the mayor's latest: David Wynde is a two-term school board member. Dick Spies is a former Lincoln High parent from Group Mackenzie Architects. Lincoln, Portland's ...   More
 
Thursday, November 19, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Minnesota School District Looks To Portland For Superintendent


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Charles Hopson, deputy superintendent for Portland Public Schools, is one of six semifinalists for the job of superintendent of St. Paul Public Schools in Minnesota, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Before his promotion to deputy superintendent earlier this year, Hopson was named an "area director" for the district in 2008. Prior to that he was principal of Franklin High School in Southeast ...   More
 
Thursday, November 12, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Public Schools Drops Demand For Furlough Days


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One day after teachers from Portland Public Schools crowded a School Board meeting to protest not having a contract, the school district announced a major change in their proposal to teachers. Because of an audit that reveal additional funds, the district says it no longer needs to ask all of its employees to take five furlough days this school year. There is one big caveat. If state funding ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Teachers, Hip-Hop Fans To Crowd School-Board Meeting


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Another busy night for the Portland School Board this evening. Portland Public Schools' teachers, who have been working without a contract since July 2008, will hold another rally outside the meeting tonight. (Here's a summary of last week's mediation session, from the Portland Association of Teachers union.) And proponents of a new charter school focused on the recording arts are also gathering ...   More
 
Monday, December 14, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Jobs With Justice Awards PPS A "Grinch" Award


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If you were watching Portland Public Schools' Monday night School Board meeting on television you missed Jobs with Justice's appearance. The workers' rights group awarded the School Board a "Grinch of the Year" award for not settling its contract with PPS teachers during 17 months of negotiaion. But the school district, which broadcasts the meetings on Channel 28, cut to a commercial during the ...   More
 
Friday, December 18, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Franklin to PPS: We Are Your High School Model


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Portland Public Schools' final community meeting about the district's plan to close and redesign high schools, held at Franklin High last night, can only be described as a whopper. Franklin's theater, which holds 1,500 people, was beyond capacity. Some estimates put the crowd at 2,000. The turnout was a clear indication to school district officials that Franklin's community is worried about rumors ...   More
 
Friday, December 18, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Hundreds Spend MLK Day Urging Oregon to Vote Yes on 66 & 67 Campaign


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An estimated 500-plus people packed this morning into the Vote Yes on 66-67 campaign office in Northeast Portland, as they readied themselves for a statewide day of canvassing about the mail-in Jan. 26 election. The effort was part of a statewide push that included Salem, Medford, Bend, Corvallis and Eugene — which together brought in around 200 more volunteers in those cities. In Portland, ...   More
 
Monday, January 18, 2010 Brittany Rogers

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