How to avoid a teacher strike? Stand with teachers to avoid one!

How to avoid a teacher strike? Stand with teachers to avoid one!

With just nine days until the February 20th Portland teachers strike date, news outlets and Facebook pages are popping up with advice about how parents can “survive” a teacher strike. But the best way to survive a strike is to avoid one, and the power to do that is entirely in the hands of the […]

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What parents should know about a teacher strike

What parents should know about a teacher strike

A conversation guide for parents and community members As the strike date approaches, we know that parents and community members are having many conversations and that there is a lot of misinformation going around. Below are tips and talking points to help guide those conversations. Q: WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP PREVENT A STRIKE? […]

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Where are the teachers we’ve been promised?

Where are the teachers we’ve been promised?

Over the past year, the School Board has continually promised to hire more teachers, but where are they? Taking a look at the numbers*, it becomes clear that the reason parents, teachers and students have not seen class size or work load relief, despite the school board’s promises, is that there has not been an […]

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School Board Sits On Budget Surplus  While Students Sit In Overcrowded Classrooms

School Board Sits On Budget Surplus While Students Sit In Overcrowded Classrooms

Despite admitting they have $20 million more to spend this year than previously acknowledged, the Portland School District continues to reject teachers’ proposal to reduce class size in all grades. The district’s budget surplus was made public this week because state law requires a public hearing when revenues or expenditures exceed 10% of the previously […]

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District Offers Bait and Switch: Work still to be done, teachers remain committed to finding settlement

District Offers Bait and Switch: Work still to be done, teachers remain committed to finding settlement

Portland teachers’ hopes were buoyed when negotiations came close to a contract settlement after 24-hour bargaining session earlier this week. However, once the bargaining team had a chance to look over the district’s offer in closer detail it became clear that the proposals offered at the bargaining table are a far cry from what has […]

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Now is the time to act to support the schools Portland students deserve!

Now is the time to act to support the schools Portland students deserve!

Face-to-face negotiations between teachers and the school district continued this week despite the fact the school board called an “impasse” in negotiations in November. Before winter break there was encouraging progress, but meetings today and yesterday have underscored that the two sides remain far apart on key issues, including class size.  At any moment, the School Board […]

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Portland Public Schools growing crisis

Portland Public Schools growing crisis

The growing problems in Portland Public Schools have reached a crisis point. A recent Willamette Week cover story detailed how Portland Public Schools are failing our kids and outlined how the lack of leadership and accountability from the School Board and Superintendent Smith has resulted in “appalling” graduation rates and cozy deals with outside contractors […]

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School Board calls impasse – What does it mean for parents?

School Board calls impasse – What does it mean for parents?

The Portland School Board called an impasse in negotiations with teachers, walking away from mediation and moving one step closer to a strike. If you’re a Portland parent you’ve probably seen lots of emails and Facebook posts telling the School Board’s side of the story. Here is the other side of the story, and what […]

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BREAKING: Investigation shows how PPS administration is failing our students

BREAKING: Investigation shows how PPS administration is failing our students

A Willamette Week investigation released today reveals new information about how Portland Public Schools are failing our kids. The news article outlines in stunning detail how the lack of leadership and accountability from the School Board and Superintendent Smith has resulted in “appalling” graduation rates and cozy deals with outside contractors who have financial ties […]

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Portland School Board and Superintendent Say “No limits on class size!”

Portland School Board and Superintendent Say “No limits on class size!”

One of Portland teachers’ top priorities from the beginning of bargaining has been to reduce class size. If you’ve been in a Portland classroom recently, you know our class sizes have grown out of control: Kindergarten classrooms with over 30 students, high school teachers with 180+ students. Parents, students and teachers know that large classes […]

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