Investigation launched after OR school district sues parent, reporter seeking public records

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson announced Monday he will audit the state’s largest school district, in part because district officials are suing a parent to keep records secret. Richardson told The Oregonian that he’s received a flood of complaints from Portland residents about a long history of dysfunction and recent scandals, […]

Portland teacher was still on school payroll — after SIXTH arrest!

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

PORTLAND, Ore. – A Portland Public Schools teacher was finally taken off the district’s payroll after his sixth arrest since officials placed him on paid administrative leave nearly two years ago. Portland Public Schools officials first placed Holladay Center special education teacher Andrew Oshea on paid administrative leave in November 2015 for an undisclosed on-the-job […]

Portland, ME school district: White teachers need not apply

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 in Uncategorized 13 Comments

PORTLAND, Maine – Ninety-seven percent of teachers in Portland Public Schools are white, and forty percent of students are not. And that’s a problem for Superintendent Xavier Botana, the Bangor Daily News reports. “It was an issue that kids talked about frequently. That they really wanted to see more people in their classrooms in leadership […]

District’s ban on rap music on school buses prompts cries of racism

By Victor Skinner on Friday, August 26th, 2016 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Public Schools officials doesn’t want students to listen to violent rap music while they’re bused to school, and some folks think that makes them racists. Outraged parents in August circulated an internal PPS memo sent to school bus drivers this spring that specifically prohibits them from tuning into local rap music […]

Portland schools spend big on ‘white privilege’ training — still accused of racism

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Public Schools board member Paul Anthony thinks the district is racist towards minority students, so he filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education. The complaint comes amid extensive efforts to eradicate alleged systemic white supremacy in the district through staff training and school restructuring. Despite more than […]