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AG Rosenblum Seeks Info from Oregonians

Oregon Attorney General seeks information on children separated from families at border ...

Community Forum: How Does Law Enforcement Interact With Vulnerable Populations?

Forum will focus on public safety and examine mental health and addiction issues ...

King County Council Recognizes Juneteenth

The Metropolitan King County Council recognizes a true 'freedom day' in the United States ...

Unite Oregon Hosts ‘Mourn Pray Love, and Take Action’ June 20

Community is invited to gather at Terry Schrunk Plaza at 6 p.m. on World Refugee Day ...

MRG Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grantees

Recipients include Oregon DACA Coalition, Kúkátónón Children’s African Dance Troupe, Komemma Cultural Protection Association ...

Lawsuits allege racial profiling in Portland-area businesses

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Several African Americans are suing big-box stores and restaurants in Oregon, claiming employees at those places wrongly accused them of stealing because they were "shopping while black."A Portland law firm has filed five lawsuits alleging racial profiling at businesses in...

Wildfire near Maupin more than doubles in size

MAUPIN, Ore. (AP) — A wildfire burning brush and grass near Maupin in north-central Oregon has more than doubled in size to 36 square miles (93 square kilometers).Fire officials say Saturday's efforts will include the use of helicopters to protect Maupin.The wind-driven wildfire is mostly...

Alaska city honors Guardsmen killed in crash after '64 quake

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A month after the second most powerful earthquake ever was recorded, the Alaska port community of Valdez remained in ruins.A hulking Alaska National Guard cargo plane's mission April 25, 1964, was to deliver Gov. William Egan to oversee efforts to rebuild the town on...

The Latest: Alaska city unveils memorial to fallen Guardsmen

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on an Alaska city honoring Guardsmen killed in crash after 1964 earthquake (all times local):1:40 p.m.Four men who died on a humanitarian mission to help rebuild an Alaska town following the second most powerful earthquake ever recorded have been honored...


How Washington’s 'School Achievement Index' Became School Spending Index

New assessment categorizes schools not by quality of education, but level of funding officials believe they should receive ...

Black Mamas Are Dying. We Can Stop It.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly plans to improve access to culturally-competent care with the MOMMA Act ...

Hey, Elected Officials: No More Chicken Dinners...We Need Policy

Jeffrey Boney says many elected officials who visit the Black community only during the election season get a pass for doing nothing ...

Juneteenth: Freedom's Promise Still Denied

Juneteenth is a celebration of the de facto end of slavery, but the proliferation of incarceration keeps liberation unfulfilled ...


Lawsuits allege racial profiling in Portland-area businesses

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Several African Americans are suing big-box stores and restaurants in Oregon, claiming employees at those places wrongly accused them of stealing because they were "shopping while black."A Portland law firm has filed five lawsuits alleging racial profiling at businesses in...

Racist tropes in Ramadan TV satires anger black Arabs

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In an attempt to capitalize on what's become a ratings bonanza for Arabic satellite channels during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, two comedies struck the wrong chord with audiences when their lead actors appeared in blackface.Criticism was swift on...

Chaos on the border inflames GOP's split with Latinos

When more than 1,000 Latino officials __ a crop of up-and-coming representatives from a fast-growing demographic __ gathered in Phoenix last week, no one from the Trump administration was there to greet them.It marked the first time a presidential administration skipped the annual conference of the...


Give up after scandals? Television history shows otherwise

NEW YORK (AP) — Say this about TV creators in 2018 — they don't give up easily.Three current shows — "Roseanne," ''Transparent" and "House of Cards" — have been crippled by scandal, but each plans to continue without their disgraced stars."The bottom line is...

Ornate NYC theater, used for years as a gym, to be restored

NEW YORK (AP) — For years, Long Island University's basketball team played in a French Baroque movie palace in downtown Brooklyn.The gilded wall fountains, plastered statuettes and towering, one-of-a-kind Wurlitzer organ pipes of the historic Paramount Theater were preserved by the...

Vinnie Paul, co-founder, drummer of Pantera, dies at 54

Vinnie Paul, co-founder and drummer of metal band Pantera, has died at 54.Pantera's official Facebook page posted a statement early Saturday announcing his death. The label of Hellyeah, his most recent group, confirmed the death but neither statement mentioned Paul's cause of death.His real name...


AP PHOTOS: Germany salvages campaign on Day 10 of World Cup

MOSCOW (AP) — Germany midfielder Toni Kroos scored a dramatic late winner to come from behind and beat...

1 dead after attack at huge rally for Ethiopia's new PM

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A thwarted attempt to hurl a grenade at Ethiopia's reformist new prime...

Sanders says she was told to leave Virginia restaurant

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was booted from a Virginia restaurant...

Stars flock to the Dior debut of Kim Jones at Paris menswear

PARIS (AP) — In a week marked by big debuts, it was designer Kim Jones' turn at Dior Men on Saturday.The...

US moves 100 coffins to inter-Korean border for war remains

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. military said it moved 100 wooden coffins to the inter-Korean border to...

1 dead after attack at huge rally for Ethiopia's new PM

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A thwarted attempt to hurl a grenade at Ethiopia's reformist new prime...

The Skanner News Editorial Board

The May 19, 2015, Multnomah County Special Election is all about education, with candidates running for school boards, the Multnomah Education Service District, and the Portland Community College Board.

While some voters might think these positions are not as important as city councils, state legislatures, and Congress, it is local school boards that shape the future of our communities because they have such an impact on the pipeline of leadership for our future governance.

The recent conflict over pay raises for top administrators at Portland Public Schools, as well as upheaval at the MESD – and the fact that so many incumbents for both are leaving their posts rather than try for re-election -- means this ballot could have a long-range impact on Portland K-12 schools.

Ballots are already out. Look for yours, and weigh in on these important issues.

The Skanner News endorses:

For Portland Public Schools Board

Position 1, Julie Esparza Brown. A professor at Portland State University with expertise in special education, Brown is also a third-generation Chicana and expert on multiculturalism. She is endorsed by a long list of city and civic leaders, as well as the Portland Association of Teachers PAC, and the nonprofit education advocates Stand for Children.

Position 2, José Gonzalez. While he has not spent his career as a professional school teacher, Gonzalez is the perfect example of a citizen board member who would use his experience in the nonprofit arts world to inform the decisions made at the top of Portland schools. He is organized, he has a vision that dovetails with the ways our community demographics are changing, and his wide-ranging endorsements reflect that: Gonzalez is supported by parents, lawmakers, movers and shakers in our local community who hail from all over the world.

Position 3, Bobbie Regan. This is perhaps our most controversial endorsement. Regan has been on the board already for years, and those years have included some votes that we have disagreed with. But at the same time we see Regan’s passion about this nonpaid – and largely thankless – position. With new blood coming to the board, we believe Regan might prove the perfect complement to an influx of new ideas there.

Multnomah Education Service District

Position 6 Stephen Marc Beaudoin. Over the years we have watched Beaudoin evolve from an alternative newspaper reporter to a leader in arts education for people with disabilities. He is the perfect choice to help build the troubled MESD into a top-notch education agency.

Position 7 Siobhan Burke. Burke bills herself as a mom, but her skills are wide ranging and geared towards the future. With roots in labor union organizing and grassroots campaigning, Burke’s current day job is in providing special education services for children. She has a grasp of how the system works from the bigwigs down to the little kids.

Portland Community College Board of Directors

Director Zone 2 Kali Thorne Ladd. As the incumbent candidate, and running unopposed, we do not need to endorse Ladd. But of all of the community leaders in our region, few individuals are as capable of laying out an educational vision for our children's future, and then actually taking the time to build that vision out. Her ability to connect the dots makes Ladd a leader to watch.

Director Zone 3 Michael Sonnleitner. The candidate is a full-time teacher at the community college -- so his many years there have given him experience and knowledge for the position. He is endorsed by other rank and file PCC employees, as well as a handful of past presidents including former PCC Cascade President Algie Gatewood. We can't wait to see what it will happen when he gets on the board.

Voted ballots for the May 19 special must be received by 8 p.m., May 19. For more information about the election, go to www.mcelections.org.

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