Category Archives: Local interest

Things of interest to those living in Portland, especially in North and inner NE, as the posts will often deal with the state of our neighborhood public schools.

Thoughts on the new PPS budget cuts…

Not unexpectedly, we’re going to have to make some changes. Although I’m a mere outsider with kids in elementary school, I can’t help making certain observations that rub my sensibilities the wrong way. In trying to learn as much as … Continue reading

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Rallying all geniuses…

What better way to spend President’s Day than to remind politicians of the reason for their existence? Today, the kids and I hopped on a PTA sponsored bus to Salem, to partake in a rally to alert our electeds to … Continue reading

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2011 Yard Garden and Patio Show

This past Friday, I went down to the Portland Convention Center to check out the Yard, Garden and Patio Show. I went straight there after dropping the kids off at school, so I got there more than an hour early. … Continue reading

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Rebuttal to Those Who Vote With Their Feet!

I wrote the rebuttal below at the end of last spring, when Jefferson High School was mere inches away from being permanently shuttered by the PPS School Board, in order to urge supporters to sign a petition to let Jefferson … Continue reading

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Thoughts On the New PPS Budget Cuts…

Not unexpectedly, we’re going to have to make some changes. Although I’m a mere outsider with kids in elementary school, I can’t help making certain observations that rub my sensibilities the wrong way. In trying to learn as much as … Continue reading

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Kill the PPS Transfer Policy!!!

First of all – in the name of full disclosure, my kids take part in an Educational Options program that is only offered in one location, so this post is not intended to adopt a holier-than-thou – attitude. Quite the … Continue reading

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Is this why kids aren’t allowed to return to Jeff?

Contained in this link is the absolute best overview of the miserable thing we call the PPS Transfer Policy, I could find. In fact, it is so good, that it – as a few of the subsequent comments suggest – … Continue reading

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Okay NoPo people- you have to read these…

In the quest for neighborhood educational equality, I’ve posted two blog entries – one on Diversity (January 18) and one on What is good at Jefferson HS (January 20). I’m working on a third, but in researching the origins of … Continue reading

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Jefferson Myth Busters and Other Good News

For those of you who have taken an interest in the January 18th posting on Racial Bias in Portland Public Schools, (and of course for anyone else reading), this post will point out the things that are indeed good at … Continue reading

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Three Cheers for Diversity – on Racial Bias in Portland Public Schools

This posting could have been posted yesterday, on Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. However, much of its contents would have made him turn in his grave, so I opted to respect his memory by waiting until today. For over a … Continue reading

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