Oh that's right - Portland gave up trying. See McMinnville only Oregon finalist for federal Race to the Top district grant.
What might McMinnville receive in the way of federal money? "The U.S. Department of Education plans to choose 15 to 25 winners by Dec. 31. Awards will range from $40 million for large districts down to $5 million."
Take notice too that in September 2010 "McMinnville, won $20 million [...] in a federal competition to improve the quality of teaching and to test performance pay for principals and teachers."
Why can't Portland Public Schools compete?