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Portland, Ore., Board Gives Chief a 28 Percent Raise

By The Associated Press — August 19, 2014 1 min read
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Over the protests of district teachers and two board members, Superintendent Carole Smith of Oregon’s Portland school system has gotten a 28 percent raise. She’ll be paid $247,000 a year.

Proponents said Ms. Smith has led the 48,000-student district through a period of constrained state funding and rising graduation rates. And, they said, her pay has been relatively unchanged: $190,000 a year for her first six years, with a $3,000 raise last year.

School board member Ron Buel said Ms. Smith should get the same raise teachers are getting: 2.3 percent. That hike came after a last-minute deal averted a walkout.

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A version of this article appeared in the August 20, 2014 edition of Education Week as Portland, Ore., Board Gives Chief a 28 Percent Raise

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