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  • 03/26/2010 5:00 pm Rita on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    Thanks, Neisha. I got the cite from OPB. It’s a study sponsored by the Employers for Education Excellence group, conducted by EcoNorthwest. ...
  • 03/26/2010 3:13 pm Neisha on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    Rita — I think that probably refers to an ECONorthwest study of small high schools in Oregon. A couple of people from ECONorthwest presented...
  • 03/24/2010 1:11 pm moonlighting on Inequities in Special Education:
    Special ed got lots of money last year and this year from stimulus money. To be millions over budget is just irresponsible. People in the...
  • 03/24/2010 9:17 am Stephanie on Inequities in Special Education:
    This continuum of self-contained classrooms is going to address the frequent movement and I emailed Joanne and asked if there could also be a focus...
  • 03/23/2010 10:25 pm Carrie Adams on Inequities in Special Education:
    I haven’t heard that SPED is over budget but it doesn’t surprise me. I ran across a smaller school district not long ago that...
  • 03/23/2010 5:29 pm moonlighting on Inequities in Special Education:
    kids get moved repeatedly because special ed does not support its behavior teachers and does not place students appropriately. Also they do not hire specifically...
  • 03/20/2010 2:41 pm Rita on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    I’ve heard a couple of reports on OPB about a study that was just published that analyzes small high schools over the last 5 years....
  • 03/19/2010 2:48 pm Carrie Adams on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    Just to clarify I meant “uninformed” decisions. Two board members were smart enough not to make the high school redesign resolution a uniform decision.
  • 03/19/2010 12:19 pm Zarwen on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    AND everywhere else. They’ll tell us all about it come June.
  • 03/19/2010 11:47 am Susan on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    It’s hard to believe there are four scenarios being considered for Roosevelt. If Roosevelt closes, the district doesn’t get the money, does it? ...
  • 03/19/2010 10:26 am Carrie Adams on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    The high school application window closed on 2/26/10 and letters are supposed to be mailed out on April 9th but the major changes at Roosevelt...
  • 03/18/2010 11:11 am Paul on STARBASE reauthorized on a 4-3 vote:
    And if you believe that we should have money for education, jobs and healthcare instead of war and occupation then get out to the anti...
  • 03/17/2010 8:57 pm stephanie on Inequities in Special Education:
    Moonlighting – Have they started giving them better lunches over there yet? I brought Pioneer up at the special education PTA meeting last night urging parents...
  • 03/17/2010 8:11 pm moonlighting on Inequities in Special Education:
    It is really nice to see the support to families with special education. We have a huge population of students at Pioneer who are repeatedly...
  • 03/17/2010 1:12 pm JD Angel News » PPS Equity » Archive » STARBASE reauthorized on a 4-3 vote on STARBASE reauthorized on a 4-3 vote:
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  • 03/17/2010 8:39 am Carrie Adams on Inequities in Special Education:
    Good news for everyone concerned about civil rights or in PPS case, the absence of them: http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressr.....62010.html The new site isn’t especially user friendly but a good...
  • 03/16/2010 11:08 pm Stephanie on Inequities in Special Education:
    Rep. Sara Gelser from the House Education Committee said she would follow up on the language in the budget. It was a very good meeting tonight...
  • 03/16/2010 4:36 pm John B. Tang on Zeke Smith – Closing the Gap Then and Now:
    Zeke does not know enough about education issues to fix anything so let’s face it. His resume is about one page long. How...
  • 03/16/2010 7:56 am lek on Inequities in Special Education:
    thanks wacky mommy, some day i hope someone says enough.
  • 03/16/2010 7:42 am Wacky Mommy on Inequities in Special Education:
    lek, no, you should not have to work so hard for a safe environment for your kid. you and your family are in my thoughts....
  • 03/16/2010 6:27 am lek on Inequities in Special Education:
    Thanks I actually do have some great support from outside of the district. Im just tired of the crap. Im sure they would love for...
  • 03/16/2010 5:28 am Carrie Adams on Inequities in Special Education:
    Stephanie, The district’s standard language is purposely vague. The staffing formulas should come out before the budget is approved. It’s important to pay...
  • 03/15/2010 11:21 pm Stephanie on Inequities in Special Education:
    I was just reviewing the proposed budget from the superintendent and found this positive statement: “In our services to special education students, we will shift resources...
  • 03/15/2010 10:49 pm Stephanie on Inequities in Special Education:
    http://septap.blogspot.com/201.....-sara.html I will be at the special ed PTA meeting tomorrow night if anyone wants to attend. The overall meeting is not very revolutionary but it...
  • 03/15/2010 10:09 pm lek on Inequities in Special Education:
    Joann mabbot wont return my calls. im fed up hopefully oregon advocacy will contact me because the district doesnt care.there not trying to reach out...
  • 03/15/2010 10:03 pm lek on Zeke Smith – Closing the Gap Then and Now:
    lents raising there scores are a joke. since moving to lents last november. my son who always exceeded state tests barely passed. my mainstreamed son...
  • 03/15/2010 8:14 pm moonlighting on Zeke Smith – Closing the Gap Then and Now:
    Zeke who?? What are his qualifications? He is second in command of a huge school district and as we all know really running the district...
  • 03/15/2010 2:26 pm Wacky Mommy on Starbase speech to the PPS school board:
    Gene — thanks, will be in touch asap. nancy
  • 03/15/2010 9:37 am Gene Wilcox on Starbase speech to the PPS school board:
    Nancy. Hello, my name is Gene Wilcox. Democracy Now has contacted me regarding STARBASE. If possible would you please get in touch...
  • 03/15/2010 6:51 am S. Wilcox on Zeke Smith – Closing the Gap Then and Now:
    I agree with Steve. Those successful schools? They managed to get their test scores up, or keep them up. That is all. ...
  • 03/15/2010 6:28 am Steve Buel on Zeke Smith – Closing the Gap Then and Now:
    I guess I should have said the PPS list Carrie mentioned …but the point is that reform and testing gets all the effort. Interesting article...
  • 03/14/2010 10:32 pm Zarwen on Zeke Smith – Closing the Gap Then and Now:
    The only say we have is at the ballot box, where we are outnumbered and outcampaigned by the folks with the deep pockets.
  • 03/14/2010 9:45 pm vargasgarcia on Zeke Smith – Closing the Gap Then and Now:
    p.s. Fantastic article Carrie. Thank you.
  • 03/14/2010 9:44 pm vargasgarcia on Zeke Smith – Closing the Gap Then and Now:
    Where is the accountability? Why aren’t we holding Zeke, Carole, Ruth Adkins, Bobbie Regan, Trudy Sargent, Pam Knowles and David Wynde responsible? Why aren’t...
  • 03/14/2010 9:16 pm Carrie Adams on Zeke Smith – Closing the Gap Then and Now:
    Steve Buel, that’s Zeke and the Portland Schools Foundation’s list of factors critical for closing the achievement gap, not mine. I agree with you that...
  • 03/14/2010 8:06 pm Steve Buel on Zeke Smith – Closing the Gap Then and Now:
    All that the high school redesign can seriously do is help fix the offering inequities. (I have no idea where the other stuff has...
  • 03/14/2010 6:03 pm John B. Tang on Zeke Smith – Closing the Gap Then and Now:
    Hi Carrie: If these key factors are not in place, then we are just dividing up the students the same way we divided up Marshall campus...
  • 03/14/2010 5:17 pm Zarwen on Zeke Smith – Closing the Gap Then and Now:
    And let’s not forget that Clark’s reward for their excellence was closure! And Woodmere was forced to cede a chunk of their territory to...
  • 03/14/2010 10:29 am Carrie Adams on Inequities in Special Education:
    John, Great. I’m glad to hear my friend is following up. I must not have your correct email address because my email to...
  • 03/14/2010 4:45 am John B. Tang on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    Please forgive my naivety. But if my memory is correct, Steve Rawley has been complaining about PPS transfer policy for at least several years....
  • 03/14/2010 4:34 am John B. Tang on Inequities in Special Education:
    Carrie and Stephanie, Thank you for your prompt response. The latest I heard is that Mr. Richard Lucetti is now working with this family...
  • 03/13/2010 8:45 am Carrie Adams on Inequities in Special Education:
    Stephanie and John, I forwarded this information to a spanish speaking SPED activist friend yesterday. John, I’ll email you to follow-up. Stephanie, where can I find...
  • 03/13/2010 12:12 am stephanie on Inequities in Special Education:
    John – Go straight to Joanne Mabbot and Xavier Botana with this by email/phone. Joanne has been returning my emails lately right away and she...
  • 03/11/2010 9:47 pm Bill on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    A comment or two on Steve Duin’s Thursday column on the HS redesign: He makes a good point about partnerhips with PCC and other entities. ...
  • 03/11/2010 5:15 pm John B. Tang on Inequities in Special Education:
    Thank you, Stephanie. Let’s get connected. There are so many families who do not know who to talk to and what to do....
  • 03/11/2010 4:12 pm Stephanie Hunter on Inequities in Special Education:
    John I couldn’t agree with you more. A few situations have come to my attention for these families and one in particular an expulsion hearing...
  • 03/11/2010 3:07 pm John B. Tang on No Child Left Behind, the Basketball Version:
    Even though I agree with all of you about NCLB, but there is one area that this law is helpful. It is to hold...
  • 03/11/2010 2:54 pm John B. Tang on Inequities in Special Education:
    I read with great interest about Equity for Special Ed students. For ELL students with disabilities, it is a double whammy. For parents...
  • 03/11/2010 1:22 am stephanie on Inequities in Special Education:
    The next installment of Educating Joseph http://cheatinginclass.com/201.....ph-part-2/
  • 03/10/2010 2:48 pm John B. Tang on You Couldn’t Pay PPS to Close the Achievement Gap:
    Did I say “Fire the Title I Director”? No, I take it back because that would not be fair to her. She is...
  • 03/10/2010 11:15 am NCLBSTINKS on No Child Left Behind, the Basketball Version:
    NCLB IS A JOKE! I am sick of it. My children are not learning! They are being taught how to take a...
  • 03/10/2010 8:21 am Wacky Mommy on A veteran speaks out on STARBASE:
    Christina, we’re all over Facebook (look for CASE — Communities for Alternatives to Starbase Education) and Twitter, too (No2Starbase). It’s a nationwide problem, and a...
  • 03/10/2010 7:27 am Paul on STARBASE reauthorized on a 4-3 vote:
    The children of Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine also get a close up look at this vehicles -just before they are run over by them. I...
  • 03/09/2010 9:16 pm Carrie Adams on STARBASE reauthorized on a 4-3 vote:
    Steve Buel…the science…what about the science?
  • 03/09/2010 9:09 pm Steve Buel on STARBASE reauthorized on a 4-3 vote:
    Geez, Carrie, I looked at the photos (click on the right side of the photo to see the next one) and they are all with...
  • 03/09/2010 9:04 pm Christina on A veteran speaks out on STARBASE:
    I just heard about the Starbase program a few days ago, but hadn’t had a chance to get online to look it up until tonight....
  • 03/09/2010 9:01 pm Steve Buel on STARBASE reauthorized on a 4-3 vote:
    Carrie, the same one they were teaching when the substitute teacher guy said the kids went out and took a look at the fighter jet.
  • 03/09/2010 8:39 pm Carrie Adams on STARBASE reauthorized on a 4-3 vote:
    Steve Buel, you’re a teacher. What science concept do you think is being taught in the pic of the children and the tank? ...
  • 03/09/2010 8:22 pm Steve Buel on STARBASE reauthorized on a 4-3 vote:
    Darn. We have a socialist president and now commies in the schools. Actually, I was referring to the cauldron of the high school design process...
  • 03/09/2010 7:48 pm Wacky Mommy on STARBASE reauthorized on a 4-3 vote:
    Buel, that cauldron is just smokin’ there’s no fruit. here’s my trip: i’m for peace in practice, not just in theory. also, i got called...
  • 03/09/2010 6:00 pm Steve Buel on STARBASE reauthorized on a 4-3 vote:
    Things are looking up. Three votes for principles. The cauldron is bearing fruit.
  • 03/09/2010 10:22 am Neisha on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    I think people have been sending it in without that information.
  • 03/08/2010 6:57 pm Stephanie Hunter on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    The survey asks for your full name and zip code at the end of the FYI for anyone who takes it. Not that I have...
  • 03/08/2010 6:52 pm S. Wilcox on FREE Public Education… But Please Donate at Roosevelt:
    Ok, rag on Roosevelt all you will, but Steve Duin’s commentary in the O yesterday was fabulous. He talks about what the role of...
  • 03/08/2010 6:36 pm Neisha on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    I just wanted to post a link to a community-created survey on HS Redesign: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M3GKJP2 Please feel free to take it. We’re trying not to have...
  • 03/07/2010 8:52 pm Rita on STARBASE rally TONIGHT!:
    Can’t wait to learn all about the “information” that the Board has learned in the intervening weeks that has convinced them that Starbase is just...
  • 03/07/2010 6:10 pm Wacky Mommy on STARBASE rally TONIGHT!:
    Hope some (or all) of you can join us — will be nice to see our “cyber friends” in real life. Music, speakers and testimony...
  • 03/07/2010 8:08 am Steve Buel on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    I played golf yesterday with a suburban principal who said he told his supervisor he is no longer willing to play the “testing game” in...
  • 03/07/2010 7:57 am Susan on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    Yes it is.
  • 03/07/2010 12:28 am Zarwen on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    Actually, it’s 82nd AVENUE.
  • 03/06/2010 11:26 pm Susan on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    Cris, I was finally able to download and listen to Carole Smith’s City Club speech and the Q&A (http://www.pdxcityclub.org/friday_forum_archive) and yeah, she skimmed over the K-8...
  • 03/06/2010 9:45 pm c.breshears on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    Hey Carrie, should the parents at those schools have said they didn’t want the reboundaried children? I don’t understand. No matter what they might...
  • 03/06/2010 7:36 pm Steve Buel on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    Susan, sorry to sound a little brusque and it wasn’t directed at you in any way. Obviously it is somewhat better than the k-8 procedure...
  • 03/06/2010 6:23 pm Susan on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    Steve, I am a little giddy with spring, but I’ll have a go at why I’m encouraged with the redesign process. When the process started,...
  • 03/06/2010 5:11 pm Steve Buel on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    Saying this process is better than the k-8′s is like saying it is better to die from a knife to the heart than a gunshot...
  • 03/06/2010 11:36 am Carrie Adams on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    c.breshears, True, the students may have been handed to those 4 schools on a silver platter but who from those schools spoke out?
  • 03/06/2010 11:27 am Susan on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    Cris, We look at this process compared to the K-8 reorg process and appreciate the difference. The last FAQ update (28 page doc), together with some...
  • 03/06/2010 9:34 am c.breshears on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    It would have gone a long, long way toward building bridges if PPS had only stated this was about the “Opportunity Gap,” as Steve calls...
  • 03/06/2010 3:19 am John B. Tang on FREE Public Education… But Please Donate at Roosevelt:
    Fire the Title I Director. Her head is so big it cannot fit into her door. If she cannot do her job, then...
  • 03/05/2010 9:18 pm Susan on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    Cris, Yes, read that before. It’s hard to let go of the bitterness of the backdoor agendas and planning, but Steve’s right about the redesign being...
  • 03/05/2010 8:29 pm Steve Rawley on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    CB, I understand about feeling gas lighted… welcome to PPS! This has always been about campus consolidation and planning for a large facilities bond. But it...
  • 03/05/2010 7:56 pm c.breshears on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    I just became aware of this email exchange between Ruth Adkins and Cathy Mincberg from January 2008. Perhaps you all remember this since you’ve...
  • 03/05/2010 9:44 am lek on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    I live in the Marshal cluster and if Marshal needs to close so my kids can have a decent high school so be it. There...
  • 03/05/2010 8:42 am Carrie Adams on FREE Public Education… But Please Donate at Roosevelt:
    S. Wilcox, I’m always disappointed to hear that teachers don’t know how Title I funds can be used or how they are used in their...
  • 03/05/2010 7:20 am Steve Rawley on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    Bill, I have argued — literally for years — that balancing enrollment is the only way to provide equity of opportunity without some new source...
  • 03/05/2010 6:43 am S. Wilcox on FREE Public Education… But Please Donate at Roosevelt:
    Can anyone tell me what Title I can be used for? I’ve looked it up, and it looks like it can be used for...
  • 03/04/2010 11:28 pm Susan on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    Bill and Cris, On the Answers to Frequently Asked Qs, Chart 1 (page 2, with endnote on page 27) shows the current student/FTE funding, which is...
  • 03/04/2010 11:20 pm Rita on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    Thanks, Susan.
  • 03/04/2010 10:59 pm Susan on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    Rita, Page 21 shows current breakdown of enrollment by school type and pages 21-23 show enrollment sceanarios with school type configurations, with page 23 showing scearios...
  • 03/04/2010 10:41 pm Rita on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    I don’t have time to pore over the 28 page document right now, but need to alert my committee, so I’m going to take the...
  • 03/04/2010 10:07 pm Stephanie Hunter on Inequities in Special Education:
    David I like how you think. I am a ‘disability is natural and not something broken that needs to be fixed’ advocate so no worries...
  • 03/04/2010 9:53 pm c.breshears on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    Hi Bill, it is my understanding from recent discussions with ODE that the district gets set amount of money-per-student from the state. However, how PPS...
  • 03/04/2010 9:10 pm Carrie Adams on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    Does changing the state tests from 10th grade to 11th grade enable the district to reset the NCLB clock?
  • 03/04/2010 8:48 pm Bill on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    Excerpt from the PPS FAQ linked above: How can we put the core program in place? The most efficient way to provide this program is...
  • 03/04/2010 7:49 pm Carrie Adams on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    Cris, sappy or not, I believe you. Nobody wants their school to close. They are the heart of communities and sadly, PPS has...
  • 03/04/2010 7:37 pm Carrie Adams on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    Wow. That’s transparency. You don’t even have to go through a credit check to view the comments. No wonder Franklin had...
  • 03/04/2010 7:36 pm c.breshears on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    Hi Carrie, So the Community Resolution was an effort at a united front. Something I still believe in. We knew that we couldn’t reach...
  • 03/04/2010 6:30 pm Susan on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    Carrie, I found some info on Franklin’s take on the community resolutions. http://groups.google.com/group.....af283eb0c6 the Franklin Community Forum on HS Redesign facebook page is located here: http://groups.google.com/group/Franklin-forum
  • 03/04/2010 5:58 pm Carrie Adams on HS Redesign resolution: a few suggestions:
    c.breshears, I’m a little confused about how individual schools could write their own boundary language. Can you elaborate on that?
  • 03/04/2010 2:39 pm Carrie Adams on FREE Public Education… But Please Donate at Roosevelt:
    mom, you’re correct. Their 2010-2011 course guide includes that statement. When searching for their course guide I looked for the 09/10 which doesn’t...