Fast Talkers

The Portland School District and teachers reached a speedy labor deal. But is that necessarily a good thing?


Schools
The School Board on Monday night hailed Portland Public Schools’ new labor contract with teachers as collaborative   More
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Read the Transcript: Trudy Sargent Says "No" to Teachers Contract

Trudy Sargent

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The Portland School Board voted 5-1 last night to approve a new, two-year agreement with the district's teachers union, the Portland Association of Teachers. Board member Martín González was the lone "no" vote. But board colleague Trudy Sargent, who missed the last-minute meeting due to prior travel plans, sent a 3 1/2-page written statement explaining why she would have voted "no," too.   Following ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Schools to Give Veteran Teachers a Pay Bump

Portland Public Schools

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Portland Public Schools' tentative agreement with its teachers union, the Portland Association of Teachers, includes a salary increase for the district's most veteran teachers in the second year of the proposed two-year contract.That pay bump comes in the form of a new "step" on the teachers' salary schedule and translates to a 2 percent raise for teachers with more than 12 years of teaching experience. ...   More
 
Thursday, March 3, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City of Portland and School District Enter $5 Million Agreement

Portland School Board

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This week, the Portland School Board and the Portland City Council are poised to sign a memorandum of understanding that commits $5 million of the district's proposed $548 million construction bond to transportation improvements around several schools should Portland voters approve the school district's new tax levy in May.That agreement, set for a vote at the School Board tonight and at City Council ...   More
 
Monday, February 28, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

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

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