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Teachers And Parents Question Superintendent's Raise

Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith

Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith

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Earlier this month, the Portland school board approved a 28 percent raise for Superintendent Carole Smith, despite testimony from parents and teachers who objected to increasing Smith’s annual salary from $193,000 to $247,000. The board cited Smith’s track record increasing graduation rates and working to close the achievement gap, among other accomplishments.

In the days following the vote, Wilson High School social studies teacher Hyung Nam started an online petition calling for Smith to put the money in a fund for low-income students. The petition currently has more than 2,300 signatures.

Do you have kids in Portland Public Schools? Are you a PPS teacher or administrator? What’s your take on Carole Smith’s salary increase?


  • Pam Knowles: Co-chair of the Portland Public School board and executive director for industry relations at the OSU College of Business
  • Hyung Nam: Wilson High School social studies teacher who started a petition calling for Carole Smith to redirect the money from her raise to a fund for students in poverty

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