Superintendent Carole Smith and principal Marti Diaz at a Read Big event featuring Portland Trail Blazer Center Robin Lopez and Blaze at Kelly School March 19, 2014.
Superintendent Carole Smith and principal Marti Diaz at a Read Big event featuring Portland Trail Blazer Center Robin Lopez and Blaze at Kelly School March 19, 2014.

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

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. [More]


Together we can help all students read well

March 21, 2014

As we all look forward to Spring Break, I want to wish you a relaxing time away from school. While you are enjoying your downtime, I hope you will make reading a big part of your week. [More]


Best contract in decades forged through tough, collaborative process

Feb. 28, 2014

Today, as this lengthy and challenging bargaining process draws to a close, I want to express my gratitude to you, the Portland Public Schools community. Your engagement, input and support was invaluable in helping the Portland Public Schools Bargaining team navigate the process of reaching a negotiated settlement with the Portland Association of Teachers. It buoyed us and kept our focus on the critical task of crafting an agreement that provides for the best possible educational outcomes for our students. [More]


Message to families regarding PAT bargaining

Feb. 13, 2014

I send you this personal message today to let you know we are working diligently to avoid a strike by teachers. I understand how extremely disruptive a strike would be to your student and your family. I have listened to your voice mail messages and read your emails and social media posts. Please know I am aware of your concerns, and they are important to me. [More]


Recognizing your dedication to more students graduating

Feb. 12, 2014

The Oregon Department of Education reported Feb. 6 that our four year graduate rate has risen another four percentage points, part of a significant four-year trend from 53 to 67 percent. State data also show outstanding gains at Franklin (7 percentage points), Jefferson (9 percentage points) and Roosevelt (7 percentage points). [More]


Supporting students in the event of a strike

Feb. 12, 2014

The labor union representing PPS teachers has authorized a strike. The school district continues working with the teachers union to reach an agreement on their labor contract. If agreement is not reached, the date that the union would call for teachers not to report to work is Thursday, Feb. 20. [More]


Update on Negotiations with the Teachers Union

January 30, 2014

Last night, the Portland Association of Teachers (PAT) announced that they will hold a strike vote next Wednesday. While PAT has chosen to take a step toward a strike, bargaining teams are meeting with a state mediator tomorrow in continuing negotiations. [More]


A Turning Point?

January 21, 2014

Each year at this time, I have shared PPS’ budget forecast as we look ahead to the next school year. Each year for the past six years, that forecast has been grim. Every year we have faced a deficit that would lead to cuts because of inadequate state funding. [More]


Seeking a contract settlement

January 5, 2014

I hope the winter break was restful and restorative for you and your family. As we return to school and start the new calendar year, I know that many families have been concerned about the status of teacher contract talks. Here is a brief update. [More]