- Portland Public Schools admin accuses teachers of coordinating sick calls
- Jan 18, 7:43 AM: The district's HR chief says they're "getting reports of educators being asked by colleagues to call-in sick with the intention" of closing schools.
- Butte Falls Charter School switches to distance learning due to COVID-19
- > Jan 13, 8:50 AM: On January 11, Butte Falls Charter School switched to online learning after several students went home early after testing positive for COVID-19. In addition, nearly a quarter of the school’s roughly 230 students had to stay at home
- Charter school for BIPOC students opening in Portland
- Dec 9, 6:06 AM: Holla Public Charter School is expected to open in the fall of 2022 in partnership with the Reynolds School District.
- Editorial: PPS must hold firm against teachers union proposal to cut in-person school
- Dec 6, 9:04 AM: Apparently, the union believes that the way out of the hole caused by canceling in-person instruction is… to cancel additional in-person instruction.
- ‘We just can’t support that’: Portland Public Schools leaders respond to union’s virtual instruction proposal
About 1 in 4 Black and Latino ninth graders in Portland Public Schools finished last year with fewer than six credits, a key indicator of whether a student will graduate on time. District officials say they can't accept a union >
Dec 1, 8:50 AM:
- New charter school focused on BIPOC community to open in east Portland
- Nov 30, 7:40 AM: A new charter school focused on the BIPOC community is coming to the east side of Portland. HOLLA School will be housed in the Rockwood Boys and Girls Club.
- Oregon lifts bachelor's degree requirement for substitutes in schools
- > Oct 13, 5:54 AM: For a limited time, if you want to be a substitute teacher in Oregon, you won't need a bachelor's degree. The state of Oregon issued a temporary rule that will allow school districts to implement Emergency Substitute Teaching
- Some families frustrated over long-standing Oregon rule allowing districts to cap students who can attend online charter school
Hundreds of families haven't been able to enroll in Oregon Charter Academy because of a law commonly referred to as “the three-percent rule," said school officials.
Sep 23, 8:51 AM:
- K-12 Virtual Charters See Wave in Enrollment
- Sep 20, 9:01 AM: Enrollment at public virtual schools surged upward last year — and insiders say it’s likely to continue.
- 'There's nothing in place': Parents ask Portland Public Schools for quarantine plan
- Sep 17, 8:22 AM: While at least 200 PPS students have been asked to quarantine, parents say they've done so without distance learning alternatives in place.
- Portland Public Schools capped enrollment for its virtual academy at 500 students. Then the delta va
- > Aug 30, 11:40 AM: As COVID-19 vaccinations were on the rise and restrictions on businesses and gatherings waned in the spring, Portland Public Schools officials took a bet on the number of families who would want their children to take classes
- Oregon will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all teachers
- > Aug 20, 3:43 PM: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday announced that every teacher in the state must be vaccinated against COVID-19, a reversal from her earlier assertions that superintendents and individual districts must decide on that requirement
- Opinion: The truth about educational choice programs
- > Aug 19, 4:45 PM: All children deserve a chance at a great education, no matter where they live or how wealthy their parents are. Educational choice means all parents, regardless of means, enjoy the freedom to choose where and how their children are
- Review & Outlook: Dumbing Oregon Down
- > Aug 13, 11:44 AM: Why didn’t we think of that? Politicians and school officials in Oregon are embarrassed that too many minority children fail tests designed to confirm they’ve mastered the “essential skills” that high school is meant to teach. So in
- Kids Unlimited Academy launches new ‘all year school’ model
- > Aug 5, 12:17 PM: Most kids in Oregon are still finishing up their summer break, but the same can't be said for hundreds of children enrolled in Kids Unlimited Academy public charter schools. Between the school's Medford and White City locations,
- Portland-area schools have been open for in-person learning for weeks. Not everyone wanted to come back.
And a lot of parents — and children — weren’t ready for a full-scale return to the classroom this spring, even as every district in the Portland area went to lengths to provide that option at least part of the time. >
May 27, 6:14 AM:
- Oregon bill would require teacher union contracts allow class size management
- May 11, 7:25 AM: A bill being considered in the Oregon Legislature this session, Senate Bill 580, would make class sizes a required component allowed in teacher union contract bargaining. The bill provides no increased state funding to schools.
- Editorial: Class-size bill pushed by teachers union won’t help students
- > May 10, 8:03 AM: After a year in which students suffered profound academic, mental, social and emotional upheaval, Oregon legislators have a moral obligation to put students’ needs first in making any school-related decision. Unfortunately, many are
- Oregon lawmakers take on teacher union ‘last in, first out’ rules
- > May 5, 7:24 AM: Under state law, Oregon school districts must retain their most senior teachers in the event of layoffs. The policy, called "last in, first out," is one that unions say enables industries to retain experience and expertise. State
- Teachers in Portland Public Schools tentatively agree to begin teaching in person on April 1
- > Mar 16, 5:13 AM: The union representing Portland Public Schools has tentatively agreed to resume in-person teaching for elementary students on April 1, the same week that Gov. Kate Brown ordered elementary schools to allow all students to return to