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PHOTOS: Elizabeth Warren Rallies in Seattle

Washington state’s primary is Tuesday, March 10; voters should have received their ballots by Thursday, Feb. 27

Support for Black Reparations Grows in Congress

The Commission to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals for African-Americans Act now has 125 cosponsors

Shifting Demographics Drive GOP Nosedive on US West Coast

Political districts have flipped in population centers, from San Diego in the south to Seattle in the north

'A World of Hurt': 39 States to Investigate JUUL's Marketing

Oregon is one of five states leading a bipartisan coalition looking into JUUL’s targeting of youth vaping

NEWS BRIEFS

Washington’s March 10 Presidential Primary Ballots Mailed to Voters

Voters required to make party declaration for this election only ...

State and Federal Agencies Aid Sunken Tugboat in Columbia River

Divers plugged fuel vents this afternoon and the vessel is not actively leaking ...

Multnomah County Promotes Voter Education Project

Multnomah County is partnering with National Association of Secretary of States (NASS) to promote #TRUSTEDINFO2020 ...

New Travel Ban Takes Effect, National Groups Respond

The expansion of the Muslim ban targets more Black immigrants ...

Harris, Booker Applaud House For Announcing Vote on Anti-Lynching Legislation

After passing the House, the bill will head to the president’s desk to be signed into law ...

Feds reject removal of 4 Snake River dams in key report

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A long-awaited federal report out Friday rejected the idea of removing four hydroelectric dams on a major Pacific Northwest river in a last-ditch effort to save more than a dozen species of threatened or endangered salmon, saying such a dramatic approach would...

High school closed a second day over new virus concerns

A suburban Seattle high school was closed for a second consecutive day on Friday after a staffer's family member was placed in quarantine over concerns about new virus that started in China.Northshore School District Superintendent Michelle Reid said in a letter to parents that Bothell High School...

Former AD, All-American center Dick Tamburo dies at 90

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Dick Tamburo, an athletic director at three major schools and an All-American center at Michigan State, has died. He was 90.Michigan State announced that Tamburo died Monday.A native of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Tamburo served as the athletic director at Texas...

OPINION

Black America is Facing a Housing Crisis

As the cost of housing soars the homeless population jumps 12 percent, the number of people renting grows and homeownership falls ...

Trump Expands Muslim Ban to Target Africans

Under the new ban on countries, four out of five people who will be excluded are Africans ...

Martin Luther King Day is an Opportunity for Service

Find out where you can volunteer and make a difference to the community ...

Looking to 2020 — Put Your Vote to WORK!

Ronald Reagan, who turned his back on organized labor and started America’s middle-class into a tailspin, has recently been voted by this administration’s NLRB into the Labor Hall of Fame ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Superintendent: Prop at Black History Month event was wrong

Oklahoma City's school superintendent has apologized after a cardboard photo frame emblazoned with watermelons was used at a high school's Black History Month event celebrating soul food.The oversized frame that attendees could hold while posing for photos was used during the Feb. 20 soul food...

Balmain celebrates diversity and twists classicism in Paris

PARIS (AP) — Usher unleashed a photographer's battle at Balmain on Friday, as he appeared at Paris Fashion Week alongside towering model Cindy Bruna. The designer, Olivier Rousteing said of the typically glamazon-filled fashion collection, that it was a celebration of his personal journey....

Sanders-linked group entered into racial discrimination NDA

WASHINGTON (AP) — A political advocacy group founded by Bernie Sanders entered into a nondisclosure agreement with an African American political consultant that bars her from discussing a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination at the organization and the Vermont senator's 2016 presidential...

ENTERTAINMENT

Nazi cautionary dramas wade into political, factual disputes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood mustered its creative forces in the 1940s when Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany sought to conquer the world, with Humphrey Bogart standing up to the fascist regime in “Casablanca” and director Ernst Lubitsch mocking it and its dictator in “To Be...

Balmain celebrates diversity and twists classicism in Paris

PARIS (AP) — Usher unleashed a photographer's battle at Balmain on Friday, as he appeared at Paris Fashion Week alongside towering model Cindy Bruna. The designer, Olivier Rousteing said of the typically glamazon-filled fashion collection, that it was a celebration of his personal journey....

Weinstein juror: #MeToo movement was not a factor in trial

NEW YORK (AP) — The jury that convicted Harvey Weinstein of rape and sex assault did not consider the trial's implications for the #MeToo movement, one of the jurors said in an interview aired Friday.“No, zero, absolutely zero,” juror Drew Malbin said on “CBS This...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

US schools start planning for possible spread of coronavirus

Schools across the United States are canceling trips abroad, preparing online lessons and even rethinking...

Virus outbreak in Iran sickens hundreds, including leaders

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — After facing sanctions and the risk of war amid tensions with the United...

Afghans view US-Taliban deal with well-earned skepticism

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Many Afghans view Saturday's expected signing of a U.S.-Taliban peace deal with a...

Dominican Republic turns back cruise ship amid virus fears

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A cruise ship heading to the Dominican Republic to disembark...

What's happening: Virus fears hit Africa, markets, churches

PARIS (AP) — Amusement parks, sports events, religious gatherings, even school. More and more things in a...

Parents of 'terrified' Africans stranded in China want help

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — She wakes every day long before dawn to chat with her three stranded daughters on...

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This release was just sent out by the Portland Public Schools. District spokesman Matt Shelby says it does not cover the schools which were closed or the central office staff who already received pink slips, including the community engagement staff dedicated to working with immigrant and refugee families.

More details as they are made available.



Tentative Agreement Restores School Cuts, Maintains Full School Year

The Mayor's Office, the Portland Association of Teachers, and Portland Public Schools have reached a tentative agreement that would restore school staffing cuts and maintain a full school year for PPS students.

Full details of the agreement will not be formally released until ratification of the tentative agreement by members of the Portland Association of Teachers.

"As we strive for a more prosperous economy and community, we recognize that a key to that success is education," Portland Mayor Sam Adams said. "Our recently adopted Portland Plan calls for partnerships such as the one we're announcing today, as we work together to make sure that all youth have the necessary support and opportunities to thrive."

The outline of the City's contribution will included in the Mayor's Proposed Budget, released later today. The Mayor's proposed budget is subject to approval by the Portland City Council.

Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith said, "I deeply appreciate the collaborative commitment of the Mayor, the City Council and the Portland Association of Teachers to safeguard our students from this funding shortfall. We all recognize the shared sacrifices of our hardworking staff. This is a one year solution which underscores our need to work together to find a long-term answer that delivers adequate and permanent funding for our schools."

Portland Association of Teachers President Gwen Sullivan said, "Our students, parents, and teachers know and understand what these devastating cuts mean in their schools.  Our Mayor also recognizes the adverse effects that these cuts would have on our whole city.  It is vital for every student to have a full school year.  Year after year cutting programs and instructional staff has had a harmful impact on our kids' future.   If we truly want our kids to reach their full potential, we need to invest in them.  Now is the time to join together on their behalf for stable and adequate funding."

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