Portland Public Schools to Offer Attendance "Incentives" to Marshall Students

Marshall High students in fall 2010

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In the wake of Portland Public Schools' October decision to close Marshall High School at the end of this school year, student attendance at the Southeast Portland high school has fallen to the point that school officials have decided to offer "incentives" to students to improve the schools' attendance rate.The "incentives" include tickets to Harlem Globetrotter games, pizza parties and Netbooks for ...   More
 
Monday, February 28, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Portland School Board Member Dilafruz Williams Not Running for Re-election

Dilafruz Williiams

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A second incumbent on Portland Public Schools' board of directors has decided against running for re-election this May. Dilafruz Williams, who was elected to the board in 2003, announced today she won't seek a third term. She joins current board member David Wynde in declining to run for re-election. Two other board members up for re-election on the May ballot—Bobbie Regan and Ruth Adkins—have ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 HANK STERN

Portland Students Raise Cash for Schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan

MLC students donate to Central Asia Institute

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First- and second-graders at Northwest Portland's Metropolitan Learning Center have collected $1,140.37 in pennies, loose change and allowance money to help build new schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The young students found inspiration in Greg Mortenson's "Three Cups of Tea," the best-selling book that chronicles Mortenson's work in those two countries with the Montana-based Central Asia Institute. ...   More
 
Thursday, February 3, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Schools News: Comings and Goings at Portland Public

Portland Public Schools cuts

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Amid a fresh $13 million budget crisis last July, Portland Public Schools eliminated 27 positions from its central office to save $3 million.Among the jobs that Superintendent Carole Smith cut was one full-time position for a senior program manager in the district's facilities department. That job belonged to Doug Capps, a long-time district employee who was also once a Portland School Board member.Well, ...   More
 
Thursday, February 3, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Superintendent Recommends No Boundary Changes in Northeast Portland

Carole Smith

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Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith has backed off plans to redraw the attendance boundaries around Sabin K-8 School and Alameda Elementary School in Northeast Portland, bowing to intense pressure from parents who said they were concerned the process to boost attendance at Sabin was too fast.That means there will be no changes to those schools' neighborhood attendance zones for the ...   More
 
Friday, January 28, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Public Schools Fires Director Previously on Leave

Portland School Board

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About seven weeks after putting her on paid administrative leave, Portland Public Schools this week fired Diana Fernandez, director of the district's department for teaching English as a second language.The change comes on the heels of a Nov. 30 decision by the Portland School Board to make wholesale reforms to the ESL department, which has been plagued by numerous state and federal findings of severe ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Bond Campaign Picks Up New Cash

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

High-School Redesign: District Reveals Mayor's "Blue Ribbon Taskforce"


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One huge, unresolved issue surrounding Portland Public Schools' high-school redesign concerns career training. Under Superintendent Carole Smith's School Board-approved plan, Benson Polytechnic High School will offer fewer career-training classes to a smaller number of students. However, the remaining eight high-school campuses will offer students access to jobs-focused classes that they now lack. To ...   More
 
Monday, November 1, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

School District Reverses Decision on Young Women's Academy


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As part of her high-school redesign, Superintendent Carole Smith in September proposed closing the high school at the 206-student Harriet Tubman Young Women's Academy, leaving it as a far smaller sixth- through eighth-grade middle school with 150 students. Smith's predecessor, former Superintendent Vicki Phillips, created the academy as an offshoot of Jefferson High School in 2007. Yesterday, ...   More
 
Thursday, November 4, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Poll Suggests Portland Schools Will Ask for Bond in Neighborhood of $500 Million


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A new poll paid for by Portland Public Schools shows a majority of Portland voters likely would support a $500 million construction bond to renovate and rebuild the district's aging campuses. Translation? On Monday, Superintendent Carole Smith is likely to announce plans to ask voters in the school district to OK a hefty tax increase when she goes before the Portland School Board to present her ...   More
 
Friday, November 5, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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