This morning, hundreds of students walked out of six Portland High Schools in solidarity with the Portland Association of Teachers' strike vote. The PAT reached an impasse in contract negotiations with the Portland Public Schools board on November 20, and the two sides have spent hundreds of hours in mediation since then over issues such as class sizes, salary increases and early retirement incentives. The 2900-member PAT will vote on whether to strike tonight at 7:00 pm at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Today's walkouts were organized by the Portland Student Union. KBOO's Jamie Partridge was on the scene at both Jefferson High School in North Portland and Cleveland High School in Southeast. 5:59 minutes (5.47 MB)
The state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is considering adding the McKenzie River, which supplies water to the city of Eugene, to a list of mercury-contaminated waters it will submit to the EPA. The Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) is disputing the DEQ's methodology and standards. KBOO's Sam Bouman spoke to Karla Urbanowicz of the DEQ's water quality assessment program for more on mercury standards and what they could mean for the future of the McKenzie--long considered one of the state's most pristine rivers--and those who rely on its water and wildlife. 5:05 minutes (4.66 MB)
Frann Michel offers a Well-read Red on education in the age of neoliberalism. She outlines the historical transfers of power and responsibility for public education that have deformed the public university into a crass commercial project. From there she interrogates how this situation has led to bloated administrative staff and obcene executive salaries, but also the proletarianization of faculties and the hollowing out of professional autonomy, as well student debt. In the end, she calls for a reinvigorated movement to assert the public mission of the university.
Read the written version with links HERE.
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Visegrad Group PDX is an independent association of Czech, Hungarian and Polish Saturday schools working together to promote central European cultures in Portland metro area.
With our project we acknowledge the mission of the European Visegrad Group founded in 1991 with the idea of mutual support of Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary in the transition period from the totalitarian regime towards the democratic societies. Our diverse cultures coming together under one roof support an atmosphere of tolerance and understanding in our community. We higlight educational opportunities for youth and adults alike.
Visegrad Group PDX are:
Czech School of Portland
Polish Cultural Enrichment Program
Bobita Hungarian Language School 27:35 minutes (25.25 MB)
This past week, the Portland Police Bureau has conducted sweeps of a number of camps of houseless individuals across the city, most prominently in the South Park Blocks and at St. Francis Park in inner SE Portland. KBOO's volunteer news team follows up on the police's activity at St. Francis and speaks with Israel Bayer of Street Roots for background on police sweeps in Portland and how houseless folks can respond. 6:17 minutes (5.75 MB)
KBOO Community Radio 90.7 FMhas been awarded a five thousand dollar grant from the Fund For Investigative Journalism (FIJ) to conduct an investigation of Oregon legislation which has been influenced or created by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).