Portland, ME school district: White teachers need not apply

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 in Uncategorized 3 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 […]