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Portland Public Schools’ Logic For Suing Reporter May Undermine Defense In Second Suit

Portland Public Schools is in a legal pickle, having to argue in one lawsuit that putting an employee on paid administrative leave is a secret personnel action that could cause the public to draw false conclusions, but in another, defend its decision to tell parents and students that Grant High’s athletic director was put on paid leave.

Oregon’s largest school district sued a parent and reporter last week to try to keep the names of district employees on paid administrative leave secret.

But it now is being asked to defend its decision to mass email Grant High families about the athletic director, Brian Samore, being placed on leave. Samore, who was subsequently dismissed, filed a federal lawsuit challenging his treatment Friday and complaining he had been defamed.