Portland School Board Candidates Raise Questions About Punishing Students By Giving Them Janitorial Work


Portland Public Schools on Thursday suspended César Chávez K-8 School's "community service" program, which forces students as young as 7 to clean walls, floors, desks and doorknobs, as well as pick up trash in bathrooms, hallways and outdoor areas as punishment for minor acts of defiance and unruliness such as throwing food.The program, first reported by WW, is now on hold ...   More
Monday, March 16, 2015 by Beth Slovic

2015 Portland School Board Election: Gretchen Hollands, a PPS Employee, Joins the Race


A third candidate has jumped into the Zone 3 race for the Portland Public Schools board, and she comes from an unusual place: inside PPS's headquarters.Gretchen Hollands, a project manager in the district's facilities department, has worked for PPS for seven years. Her husband, Walt, is a biology teacher at Grant High School. He's been there for 21 years.Hollands is aware of her conflicts—or potential ...   More
Monday, March 16, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Little Janitors

Portland Public Schools defends student discipline one official compares to an inmate work crew.

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Domingo Martin spent three days in November and December at North Portland’s César Chávez K-8 School cleaning the gym and collecting trash in the school’s foul-smelling restrooms. It was   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

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

Glencoe Elementary School

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


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


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

Portland Public Schools Announces Two More Principal Swaps


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


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


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