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Portland Public Schools Paid $11,000 Legal Bill to Keep Incriminating Public Records Secret

Portland Public Schools paid a law firm more than $11,000 to keep secret the trove of records detailing its mishandling of sexual misconduct complaints against an educator.

The Oregonian/OregonLive used those records as a primary basis for a news story that revealed how district officials protected educator Mitch Whitehurst time and again at the expense of children. That article spurred the school district to launch an outside investigation of its own into how it handled Whitehurst.