Education

At Portland Public Schools, a Budget Debate Is Looming Large

With enrollment on the decline and costs on the rise, the school board weighs cutting teacher positions or tapping the PPS rainy-day fund.

04/22/2022 By Julia Silverman

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: Brentwood-Darlington

Home to religious cemeteries and standout food carts, the Southeast Portland neighborhood Brentwood-Darlington was annexed in 1986.

03/30/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Feature

Inside the Search for Hundreds of Portland’s Missing Students

When Portland Public Schools’ buildings reopened in September, hundreds of students who should have been there never came back.

03/29/2022 By Julia Silverman Photography by NASHCO PHOTO

Schools

Portland's Largest School District to Go Mask Optional on March 14

PPS will remove the mask requirement, with other metro area school districts likely to follow suit.

03/03/2022 By Julia Silverman

News You Can Use

5 Oregon Stories To Watch, February 28–March 6

Rain returns with a vengeance, how to help Ukraine and more.

02/28/2022 By Julia Silverman

News You Can Use

5 Oregon Stories to Watch This Week, January 24–30

A census of the tricounty area’s homeless population, final results from the Newberg school board election, and Kristof v. Oregon briefs due in court

01/24/2022 By Julia Silverman

Education

To Keep Schools Open, Portland Needs More Substitute Teachers

The problem is not everyone will make it through the application process, and not all substitutes want to fill in at schools where they are most needed.

01/21/2022 By Julia Silverman

News You Can Use

5 Stories to Watch this Week, January 17–23

Friction between the Timbers front office and the fan base, school closures aplenty, and yet more unrest for the Portland Police Bureau

01/18/2022 By Julia Silverman

Education

What's Next for Schools during the Omicron Surge?

For starters, more Portland-area schools are likely to move into temporary distance learning.

01/11/2022 By Julia Silverman

Education

Two of Portland's Biggest High Schools Will Move to Remote Learning

The switch at Cleveland and McDaniel High Schools comes after a big jump in planned staff absences

01/06/2022 By Julia Silverman

News You Can Use

5 Oregon Stories to Watch This Week, December 20–26

Omicron cometh, get your booster shot, and a compromise on school schedules

12/20/2021 By Julia Silverman

News You Can Use

5 Oregon Stories to Watch, December 13–19

A special session in Salem, the race to replace DeFazio, and more

12/13/2021 By Julia Silverman

News You Can Use

5 Oregon Stories to Watch This Week, November 29–December 4

A big vote for Vacasa, more turmoil for the Newberg School Board, and what of the Omicron variant?

11/29/2021 By Julia Silverman

Education

Six Weeks Ago, a Vaccine Mandate for PPS Seemed Like a Lock. No More.

PPS students may be subject to a vaccine mandate—or not. Here's the latest on the ongoing Covid-19 restriction negotiations.

11/18/2021 By Julia Silverman

Education

Enrollment at the State's Biggest School District Is Down 4.1 Percent

Kindergarten enrollment stays flat, and the majority at the PPS Online Learning Academy are students of color, according to 2021 data.

11/15/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Q+A

Many Teachers Say They're At a Breaking Point. So Now What?

Talking with Portland Association of Teachers President Elizabeth Thiel about possible solutions, from more planning time to fewer standardized tests

11/01/2021 By Julia Silverman

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

Education

Portland Private Schools, by the Numbers: 2021

Looking for the skinny on the private school scene in Portland? Here's our annual, obsessively detailed look at your choices, just in time for open house/admissions season.

09/16/2021 Edited 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

News You Can Use

5 Oregon Stories to Watch This Week

Here’s your cheat sheet to what everyone in Portland will be talking about this week

08/30/2021 By Julia Silverman