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The crisis at Arleta Elementary School burst into public view last year when a third-grade student ingested cocaine at school that they’d received from an older classmate.
That story went viral, and Diana Kruger was removed as principal less than two months later.
But a 42-page document that we got our hands on this week shows that the cocaine debacle was just the tip of the iceberg.
For weeks leading up to that, Arleta teachers and staff were complaining to PPS officials about a hostile, chaotic work environment under Kruger’s leadership.
Here are a few of the highlights lowlights:
Now we want to be extra clear: These are allegations, and Kruger’s side of the story might be very different.
(We reached out to Kruger by email yesterday to ask for an interview, and she replied: “I have never seen this document that you refer to…. I am forwarding your email to the PPS Communication Department to address your questions.”)
All that said, the allegations we’ve seen don’t look good for Kruger — and the fact that she’s married to a former police captain who built public shrines to Nazi soldiers doesn’t seem like a great sign, either.
So what can we do about it?
That’s a tough question for us, TBH, because the threat of a sham defamation lawsuit is always in the back of our minds, even if the facts are on our side. (Here’s one reason why.)
But this much is clear: Portland Public Schools at least owes its students, parents, and teachers an explanation for why Diana Kruger deserves a leadership position in the district.
Here’s where PPS could start:
If you agree that PPS leadership owes answers to these Qs, we’d ask that you sign and share this petition to help us get the district’s attention.
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