Portland Schools Need More Than a New Superintendent

By John A. Charles, Jr. Portland school superintendent Carole Smith announced her resignation this week after nine years on the job. The next steps are predictable: The school board will conduct a national search for a successor and eventually sign … Continue reading

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Portland School Board Schedules Book-Burning Party

By John A. Charles, Jr. The Portland Public School board recently voted to prohibit textbooks or classroom materials questioning the mainstream thinking about climate change. The decision has sparked an outpouring of commentary, with many writers supportive of the School … Continue reading

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Portland Public Schools’ New Ombudsman Should Be Independent

By Joel Grey In response to parent complaints, Portland Public Schools will create a new ombudsman position. An ombudsman is a person within an organization who provides accountability and investigates complaints. It’s a good thing for public schools to have an … Continue reading

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Too Little of a Good Thing

By William Newell The recent Portland School Board decision to expand enrollment at Benson Polytechnic High School exemplifies an odd mindset within the public education system. The board’s decision allows Benson to increase its enrollment from 821 to 850 students, due to … Continue reading

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Do You Feel Exploited by Apple?

…Why Freedom Shouldn’t Stop at the Classroom Door Many areas of our lives are being revolutionized by technology. Those changing the fastest are the ones subject primarily to market forces. Those changing the least are the ones controlled primarily by … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:30 | Posted in Economy, Education, Government Regulation, Individual Responsiblity, Portland Politics, Portland Schools | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 286 Comments

“Real” Accountability for Charter Prep Should Extend to the Whole System

With the recent failure of the Portland-based REAL Prep Charter Academy to open its doors, even after spending $500,000 of federal grant development money, parents and taxpayers are demanding more “accountability” for Oregon’s charter schools. But who should hold these … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Individual Responsiblity, Leadership, OR 76th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, Portland Politics, Portland Schools | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Why This Mom Is Speaking out Against the PPS $548 Million Bond Measure

By Lindsay Berschauer We’ve heard the Portland Public School District propaganda machine and the bureaucratic sound bytes about how the so-called school modernization bond will begin the important process of updating Portland schools, bring jobs to the community, increase student … Continue reading

Posted by at 11:00 | Posted in Education, Initiative & Referendum, Local Taxes, Portland Politics, Portland Schools | Tagged , , , | 2,233 Comments

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