By Daylight Disinfectant:“Keep on the lookout for where whiteness shows up, share that information with colleagues,..” warns Kim Feicke in a recent email to Portland teachers. Feicke is a highly paid”Diversity Consultant” for the Portland Public School System. Dateline Monday March 16, 2015: Recently an unnamed source sent me the following redacted email warning teachers to watch out for whiteness: From: Kim Feicke <feicke@edequityoregon.com>
Subject: Finding Detours: Feicke”works” (and I use the word in it’s loosest form) for the Oregon Center for Educational Equity (OCEE), a private company providing training for Portland teachers. They are raking in the big bucks. Teachers travel to the Village Green Resort and stay overnight for several days for the firm’s training sessions. This is a five star resort on 17 Acres which includes themed gardens. Kim Feicke Oregon Center for Educational Equity
503-788-3500 www.edequityoregon.com


Portland Superintendent Carole Smith’s New salary of $257,000 stack up in Oregon.

The news of a pay raise for Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith has generated a lot of discussion. Portland’s school board is getting ready to give Smith, who has been at the helm of Oregon’s largest district since 2007, a big raise. One proposal pegged the increase as high as 33 percent, though board members insist the proposal has not been finalized. For context, a $257,000 salary is the equivalent of Smith receiving a 3.85 percent raise every year since she began seven years ago. The chart only includes salary, not additional annuities that are fairly common among superintendents. Smith currently earns a $1,500 monthly annuity, and a proposal by board leadership wanted to up that to $2,500 a month. What do you think of the proposal? Should other school board members approve such an amount, or lobby for a smaller raise?

The Future of School Choice in Oregon Education Savings Accounts

Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman first popularized the school choice voucher concept in his 1962 book, Capitalism and Freedom. Now, a new concept is capturing the imaginations of a new generation of parents and policy makers: Education Savings Accounts (ESAs). Going beyond the voucher or tax credit idea for school choice, ESAs introduce market concepts that help parents become active shoppers for educational services, thus improving their quality while reducing costs.