Thanks to the Oregonian - Betsy Hammond - the PPS has determined to do things right. New initiatives designed to changed the 'low graduation rates' are being proposed and hopefully fully implemented to lower that statistic based upon substantive changes in policies and not manipulation of data. [Portland Public Schools pledges big changes to raise its 'unacceptably low' graduation rate].
The Oregonian rightfully boasts: "The initiatives correspond directly with the findings of a June 2012 investigative report by The Oregonian that exposed systemic problems in Portland's system of getting students to complete high school."
No changes would have been likely but for the Oregonian. But we need them to keep one eye open.