Strike Out

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


News Stories
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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News
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.


Schools
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.


News Stories
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

Murmurs: All The News That’s Left Under The Tree.


Murmurs
Portland Public Schools spent $135,703 in October to send 79 employees, including Superintendent Carole Smith, to a national conference in St. Louis sponsored by one of its more controversial consulta   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Annotated Press Release: Portland Public Schools Terminate Employment of Pro-Life Teacher

Bill Diss terminated, claims stance on abortion was the reason.

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An annotated version of a press release sent to Willamette Week by Tom Ciesielka of TC Public Relations of Chicago concerning the recent termination of longtime Portland teacher Bill Diss who, on Monday, was reportedly fired by Portland school board. Our annotations are in italics.Portland, Oregon: On Monday, December 16, 2013 the school board for the Portland Public School District voted ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by Martin Cizmar

Fake Portland Snow Day E-mailed From... China?

Local news, Portland Police Bureau briefly punked.

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Features
Local media got snowed last night by an e-mail saying that Portland Public Schools would be delayed two hours for snow that had yet to materialize.  KGW and KATU sent out tweets with the news. The Portland Police Bureau did likewise. Fifteen-year-olds across the city, we presume, cracked their energy drinks and sparkling apple ciders.But alas! It was not to be. Within about fifteen minutes, ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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

Take and Give and Take

What’s really at stake in the contract fight between the Portland schools and teachers.


News Stories
Portland Public Schools, the state’s largest school district, has troubles enough as it is. It’s under fire from its auditor for abysmal graduation rates, facing a formal complaint from pare   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 RAMONA DENIES

Portland Public Schools Declares Impasse In Contract Talks With Teachers

Union calls action "dangerous and reckless"

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News
Portland Public Schools has declared an impasse in negotiations with the Portland Association of Teachers, its 3,600-member teachers' union. The announcement sets the timeline for a possible strike by the union. The schools and teachers have spent six months trying to negotiate over a new contract, but both sides have characterized talks as unproductive, accusing the other side of trying to force ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

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