From 2017: “At the July 7 meeting, the board briefly recessed so that members could privately discuss a proposal to name two vice-chairs instead of one. That discussion should have taken place in public and likely violated open-meetings law. Brim-Edwards, who took over as chair at the following meeting, reinstituted a practice in which the general… Read more »

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ROSE QUARTER PROJECT TURNS THORNY: A Nov. 6 meeting of stakeholders in the Oregon Department of Transportation’s proposed $450 million expansion of Interstate 5 at the Rose Quarter went sideways. Such groups as Portland Public Schools, Albina Vision, Metro and the city of Portland want the project to include more environmental and community benefits and believed ODOT… Read more »

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Voters will let Portland Public Schools continue to charge a tax levy that supports one-third of the district’s teaching positions. Early returns Tuesday showed the levy passing by a wide margin. Last year, the levy produced $93.3 million and paid for 870 teachers. For the 2020-2021 school year, it’s projected to raise $99.9 million…

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Dear PPS Community, It is with a sense of optimism and encouragement that I am sharing with you news about something I believe will have a lasting impact on the future of our school system and our ability to better serve our students. The Oregon Legislature has approved, and Gov. Kate Brown has signed, the… Read more »

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“Two years ago, the outlook couldn’t have seemed grimmer for Portland Public Schools. The educator selected as the next superintendent abruptly bowed out as school board members grew increasingly concerned about his truthfulness. The district, short-staffed and in chaos, delayed plans to open two new middle schools promised to the community. And lingering mistrust over the discovery of… Read more »

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The Oregonian/OregonLive, in an article published online Thursday, reported the district’s botched handling of students’ first-person complaints about Mitch Whitehurst. After reading it, newly elected school board chair Julia Brim-Edwards said she found the district’s inaction troubling and pledged to hire an outside firm to investigate…

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