Superintendent's Message

Historic moment for PPS: Budget strategically reinvests after many lean years

Carole Smith PPS Superintendent

March 31, 2014: Tonight, I had the pleasure of presenting to the Portland School Board my seventh budget message as Superintendent. The $534 million general fund budget I proposed for the 2014-2015 school year represents a significant reinvestment in our schools and is my first budget message where we are able to strategically invest without simultaneously cutting programs. This is really exciting news for our students, our staff, and our community.

Before I dive into the details of my budget proposal, let me highlight a few of the many reasons I consider these historic and truly hopeful times for PPS. [More]


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PPS student leaders represent in D.C.

April 22, 2014

While most students took some much needed time off during Spring Break, three student members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby Portland’s Congressional delegation on some of the greatest issues facing students in education today.  


Thanks to you, art blossoming in schools

April 22, 2014

Students across PPS are painting, singing and boogying thanks to Portlanders support for the Arts Tax that is funding visual art, music or dance teachers in every K-5 or K-8 school. A display of  elementary student art runs April 23-May 1at City Hall.


Gates, Milken and more recognize PPS students and teachers

April 22, 2014

Spring has been a banner time for PPS students and teachers - from newly minted Gates Millennium Scholars, to national recognition for Grant Magazine and two daVinci students, to our 2014 Rose Festival Princesses, to a Milken Award for a Gray teacher, a research grant for a Lincoln teacher and a spot on the LearnZillion's 2014 Dream Team for a Virtual Scholars teacher.


Roosevelt, George launching STEM Lab School

April 22, 2014

Roosevelt High School and George Middle School, both in North Portland, have earned a $647,877 grant from the Oregon Department of Education to launch a paired STEM Lab School starting this fall. The grant proposal was written by George teacher Michelle York.


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