PPS Board Decides to Keep Ban On Grotto School Choirs

Posted by Rosemary Reynolds on November 4, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. —  The Portland School Board decided to keep the district’s ban on school choirs performing at the Grotto.

The vote was 4-3 against.  It’s all about liability.  the district says legal staff said the complaint from the Freedom of Religion Foundation had merit and the district could risk legal action if the school choirs continued to perform Christmas concerts …

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Back to School for Portland Public School Students

Posted by Brett Reckamp on August 26, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland Public School students begin the 2015-2016 school year Thursday.  The school year is starting early this year, well ahead of Labor Day.

The Portland Police Bureau and Portland Bureau of Transportation are partnering for their annual “Back to School” safety campaign.  Portland Police will be conducting high visibility patrols around all schools; especially during the hours of 7:45 …

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Facts Or Fudging?

Posted by Steve Leader on July 3, 2014

Photo Courtesy: Associated Press

There’s been a dramatic drop in the number of students disciplined for bringing weapons to Portland Public Schools.  At the same time, Oregon Live.Com reports the District has narrowed its definition of weapons.

Under the new policy, for example, if a student brings a hunting knife to school in his backpack it would be categorized as a weapon …

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Tentative Deal Reached Between Portland Teachers and District

Posted by Jeremy Scott on February 18, 2014

PORTLAND — Negotiations lasted 23 hours on Monday into the night before word that Portland Public Schools and the Portland Association of Teachers have reached a conceptual deal on a new contract just two days before teachers planned to strike.

“After 10 months of difficult negotiations and hard work by both sides, I am very pleased that PPS & PAT have reached a …

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More Mediaton for Teachers Union & PPS

Posted by Cort Johnson on February 11, 2014


Another round of mediation is schedule for Tuesday between Portland Public Schools and the Portland Association of Teachers.

The union is threatening to strike, starting February 20th, unless an agreement is met on a new contract.  Issues still remain between the two parties, including class size, salary increases and early retirement incentives.

Christine Miles with PPS says if the teachers walk off …

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