Black. Special Ed. Punished.

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


Schools
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.


Schools
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.


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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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.


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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

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