There's a new on-line newspaper called Crosscut (crosscut.com) started by a couple of local journalists. It's a good place that gathers stories from across the Northwest (very handy if you don't have time to read both the PI and the Times) plus their own editorial outlook. It's in its early stages so hard to know if it will last.
They had a story about a charter school in Portland that is a former Portland school trying to reopen as a charter. It's an interesting article because of our issue of what happens to closed school buildings and the dynamics of charter schools. I am personally against charter schools (for various reasons, another topic) but this was good reading.
These parents attempted to save their school from closing but it did anyway and so they are attempting to reopen it as a charter. The Portland School Board (who has to approve it) said no, its curriculum wasn't good enough. The parents could (and did) appeal to the State Board of Education to sponsor it. The appeal will be heard on April 19th. This building has been just sitting there and these parents, bless their hearts, got it together to try to make something of it (and would directly compete with the district for those children in that area).