Category Archives: On Community

How low do we go? Ballot Measure 5, twenty-one years later…

Each year, the trade publication Education Week ranks the public school systems of the 50 states + District of Columbia. The criteria the rankings are based on include, among other things, accountability standards, college readiness of high school graduates, spending and … 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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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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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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