Education

A Vaccine Mandate for Kids Could Be Coming to PPS

School board members will consider the pros and cons of such a move at a special session.

09/28/2021 By Julia Silverman

News You Can Use

5 Stories to Watch This Week, September 20-27

Booster shots for the 65+ crowd, a redistricting ruckus in Salem, and more schoolkids in quarantine.

09/20/2021 By Julia Silverman

Education

What's the Holdup with COVID Screening at Oregon Schools?

Unpacking why the state is behind the curve with its rollout of screening tests for K-12 students

09/09/2021 By Julia Silverman

Education

Burning Questions About Back to School 2021

All about masks, vaccine mandates, outdoor lunch, quarantine policy, and more.

08/25/2021 By Julia Silverman

School

Pack Your Schoolbag with These Local Back-to-School Supplies

Where to find everything from backpacks, planners, water bottles, and more while supporting Portland businesses.

08/23/2021 By Cami Hughes

Back to School

Portland Public Schools Mandates COVID Vaccines for All Employees

Oregon's largest school district will require shots for all except those who have medical exemptions.

08/18/2021 By Julia Silverman

Education

Back to School: Local Black Parents on Making a Tough Call

Nationally, many Black families were hesitant to return to school. One N. Portland school bucked that trend last spring, by building trust among families.

08/17/2021 By Fiona McCann

Back to School

The Application Boom at Portland's Private Schools

After more than a year of disrupted education, more families are seeking out private alternatives.

08/04/2021 By Julia Silverman

Education

PPS Just Unveiled Its Plan for Virtual School This Fall

And only kids and families with documented medical needs will be eligible to attend.

07/13/2021 By Julia Silverman

Coronavirus

From Resource Base to Full-Fledged Nonprofit, the Portland Student Pandemic Response Is Making Moves

A year in, the student-led nonprofit continues to evolve. Its latest tool: a vaccine text line.

04/21/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Education

Should Oregon Schools Stop Standardized Tests This Year?

With so little time in school buildings, districts are looking to opt out and scale back. But at what cost?

04/13/2021 By Julia Silverman

Politics

The Strangest Election in America Right Now Is This Portland School Board Race

The backstory on how Facebook pleas, a Zoom call, and a late change of heart created chaos in North Portland’s Zone 4.

04/11/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Education

So, Will Your Kid Be Back to School Full-Time in Oregon Next Year?

State education officials are hopeful but aren’t making promises just yet.

03/12/2021 By Julia Silverman

Footnotes

LISTEN: What Will Schools Look Like in the Fall?

Portland Monthly news editor Julia Silverman talks with Oregon Department of Education director Colt Gill about when schools might be able to go back ...

03/12/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Education

New Data Shows Sliding Grades for Portland High Schoolers

The percentage of those earning Fs and Incompletes is up, particularly among students from Pacific Islander, Latino, and Indigenous backgrounds.

03/04/2021 By Julia Silverman

Feature

When ‘Back to School’ Becomes a Battle Cry

The debate over reopening schools in Portland gets very, very personal.

02/13/2021 By Julia Silverman

Footnotes

LISTEN: What Do Oregon's New COVID Guidelines Mean for Reopening Schools?

Portland Monthly news editor Julia Silverman breaks down what the new "Ready Schools, Safe Learners" guidelines mean for Oregon's school reopening eff...

01/22/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Education

The Bar to Reopening Schools in Portland Just Got a Little Bit Lower

New state guidelines pave the way for elementary school kids in the Portland area to return to the classroom.

01/19/2021 By Julia Silverman

Education

In Virtual School, More Oregon Kids Are Getting "Incompletes" On Their Report Cards

Attendance and grading data show gaps widening for BIPOC students

12/14/2020 By Julia Silverman

Education

What Are Oregon School Districts Doing to Make Classrooms Safer for Teachers and Kids?

And will it be enough to help schools open before June?

11/25/2020 By Julia Silverman