Educational Choice: A “Ticket to the Future” for Every Child

By Kathryn Hickok Derrell Bradford has spent his adult life passionately advocating for education reform through parental choice. Derrell grew up in southwest Baltimore and received a scholarship to a private high school. Better than anyone, he knows the power … Continue reading

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The Oregon Education Solution Whose Time Has Come

By Kathryn Hickok This is National School Choice Week, the world’s largest celebration of parental choice and effective educational options for all children. Students have different talents and needs and learn in different ways. The landscape of options to meet … Continue reading

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Oregon Land Board Low-Balls Elliott Timber with Fixed-Price “Bidding”

By John A. Charles, Jr. On July 27 the Oregon Department of State Lands announced the “fair market value” of 82,450 acres of Common School Trust Lands within the Elliott State Forest as $220.8 million. The number was picked by Roger … Continue reading

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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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Oregon Legislature Should Continue Open Enrollment in Public Schools

By Bobbie Jager  On Sunday the fifth-annual National School Choice Week concluded, and states across the nation have had much to celebrate. In the past decade, choice advocates across the political spectrum have worked to pass legislation including full funding for … Continue reading

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Real Education Reform

I was asked the other day whether I thought President Barack Obama’s proposal to provide free community college to all was a good idea. I responded that “free” is just another way of saying someone else should pay, and that … 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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Five Questions For Improving Our Schools

Last week we attended a dinner of strangers.  It was one of those affairs where seating is so sufficiently random that you are almost guaranteed to join couples whom you have never met before.  As usual the early part of … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Oregon Government, PERS, Portland Schools, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System | 9,120 Comments

Wyden defends IRS targeting conservative groups

by Shelby Sebens and Dustin Hurst, Northwest Watchdog U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is turning the tables of the IRS scandal from the government taxing authority to the organizations it unfairly targeted. “If political organizations don’t want to be scrutinized … Continue reading

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Portland Business Alliance gives Portland schools & teachers union an “F”

by NW Spotlight The Portland Business Alliance, a longtime ally of Portland Public Schools, sent a letter this week to the Portland Public Schools Board and to the Portland Association of Teachers. The letter chastised them for failing to “effectively … Continue reading

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Public Schools Are an Obstacle to Success

This summer, my high school graduating class will hold its fiftieth reunion. In preparation for this event, the organizers asked that each graduate submit a biography of their life since graduation. One of those biographies struck me as important both … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Oregon Government, Portland Schools, Public Employee Unions | 2,728 Comments

Rescue Children from Our Burning Public School System

Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker is a larger-than-life figure fighting for what he calls the “Most Important Civil Right of All–equal access to high quality education.” On May 4th Booker gave an inspiring keynote address before the American Federation … Continue reading

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Portland Public Schools School Bond/Tax Update

by Bob Clark A PPS hand picked technical advisory committee for 2012 long range facility planning completed a report on May 7, 2012, providing a framework for the PPS Superintendent and PPS Board to decide on the scope and size … 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

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School bond defeat keeps Portland property taxes in check

Portland Homeowner Taxpayer Update: Last Year’s Defeat of School Bond Keeps Property Tax Bill in Check by Bob Clark The average property tax bill increased about 2.3% this last November, 2011, relative to prior year’s bill for homeowners residing in … Continue reading

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Victoria Taft: Cash for Cronies – Part 2

by Victoria Taft “Blighted” Lincoln High school Those old enough will remember what urban renewal was intended to be. It was meant to take blighted urban areas and make them pretty again, to instill pride, increase commerce and reduce crime … Continue reading

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Digital Learning the Sal Khan Way

Many of us had a favorite teacher back in elementary or high school – someone who inspired us, who made learning fun and easy. Under the old brick school building model, that great teacher could only influence a relative handful … Continue reading

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Parent Power – Oregon’s Open Enrollment Law Puts Parents and Children First

The 2012-2013 school year will be the first year that the new statewide open enrollment law takes effect. The new law (HB 3681) allows Oregon parents to enroll their kids in any Oregon public school district, as long as the … Continue reading

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Understanding the Economy: What’s Behind the Numbers

In the early 1900’s, as modern journalism was taking form, there was a significant debate between Walter Lippman and John Dewey as to the appropriate role of journalism in regard to government. Mr. Lippman advocated that journalism’s role was to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Leadership, Portland Politics, Portland Schools, Uncategorized, Unemployment | 17 Comments

Clients Not Conscripts

Last year the state legislature enacted HB 3681, allowing public school students to freely transfer from one district to another. Under the new law, if a school district is willing to accept a transfer student, the home district for that … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Individual Responsiblity, OR 76th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, Portland Schools | Tagged , | 388 Comments

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