Education

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Jes Burns

Wednesday night the Eugene 4j School Board will make a decision about what to do with historic Civic Stadium.  The district received three bids for the properties in South Eugene – from Fred Meyer, the YMCA, and the City of Eugene.  The Superintendent has recommended the district accept the City’s offer.

On KLCC, we’ve heard from all three bidders and the 4j Superintendent.  Now, we’ll hear from the people charged with making the decision.  School Board members spoke about their positions at a meeting in early February.

We’ll start with Board Member Anne Marie Levis.

Former Bear Creek Elementary Principal Matt Montoya is suing the Bend-La Pine School District.

Karen Richards

The graduate teaching fellows union at the University of Oregon is bargaining for a new contract. They want a higher minimum salary and expanded health care coverage.

A group of over 100 graduate student teachers and their supporters gathered in front of Johnson Hall Friday. They spoke about the need to raise compensation packages in order to attract high-quality graduate students.

David Craig is a PHD student in philosophy.

spray graffiti
R.A.C. Giddens

A bomb threat prompted evacuation of Fern Ridge Middle School this (Wednesday) morning. Homeland Security brought in a bomb-sniffing K-9 to search. No explosives were recovered but the district’s emergency protocols were put to the test.

Fern Ridge Middle School administrators were the first to find the threat spray painted on two walls. Superintendent Dennis Fredrick arrived soon after.

Jes Burns

Earlier this week, 4J Schools Superintendent Sheldon Berman recommended the sale of the Civic Stadium properties to the City of Eugene, over competing bids from Fred Meyer and the YMCA.  A final decision by the 4J Board is still two weeks away.  Wednesday night, Board members heard community response to the recommendation.

Berman: “This has been a long process…”

Jes Burns

Eugene Superintendent Shelley Berman announced Monday he would recommend the 4j School Board negotiate purchase of Civic Stadium with the City of Eugene. The price would be four point five million dollars. 

YMCA Executive Director Dave Perez Tuesday voiced disappointment while still holding out hope:

Perez:  “We really felt that our proposal offered the community and the School District some tremendous long-term benefits. We don’t think we’re out of it yet. The Board still has to make a decision on the 19th, and we’ll just see what kind of happens then.”

Karen Richards

Here's a quiz. What two languages are taught at North Eugene High School? Spanish is the first. But the second? It's Japanese. The school received a grant today (Tuesday) from the Japanese Consul General.

Nathan Goldberg starts his Japanese 1 class at North Eugene High School. Down the hall, a Japanese 3 class begins. Overall, 120 students at the school are studying the language. Consul General Hiroshi Furusawa says Oregon has a strong Japanese language presence:

Furusawa: "This state, per capita, number two, after Hawaii."

Jes Burns

This month, the Eugene 4J School Board is expected to make its decision about the fate of Civic Stadium.

4J Superintendent Sheldon Berman is expected to announce his recommendation at 4 p.m. Monday. Proposals from Fred Meyer, Eugene YMCA and The City of Eugene to purchase the property are each being considered. Eugene School district spokeswoman Kerry Delf says the School Board makes the ultimate decision February 19th.

Bethel School District

Students at Eugene's Bethel School District will get five days back in their academic calendar this spring.

That's a combination of make up days for last month's snowstorm and a better budget outlook. The district is adding the 5 days back the week following spring break. That week in April had been scheduled as Budget Reduction Days. Bethel Superintendent Colt Gill says the district surveyed students, parents and staff.

Last (Monday) night, the Eugene 4J budget committee presented projections for next year. Although the situation has improved, the school district will have to make compromises.

The overall reaction to the early school budget forecast has been positive. Eugene 4J spokesperson Kerry Delf:

"We are looking forward to a year next year that is much less of a financial challenge than this year and some past years have been."

Rachael McDonald

College textbooks are too expensive and many students can't afford them. The Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group released a national survey Monday on textbook costs and alternatives.

Lane Community College Student Body President Paul Zito says he has only bought 4 textbooks in the 3 years he's been a student. He takes a normal course-load but he can't afford the books. Instead Zito looks for the information himself.

Veggies, Enthusiasm Sprout In Oregon's School Gardens

Jan 12, 2014
Linda Colwell

Growing food at schools is part of a new trend in Oregon. Proponents say the practice teaches kids about science and maintaining a healthy diet. Monday, the First School Garden Summit in Salem hopes to educate and expand on the movement. 

Jes Burns

The Eugene 4J School Board has eliminated an offer of $16.56 cents for the 10 acre Civic Stadium property in South Eugene. That brings the number of proposals to three. The board hopes to have a decision by mid February.

Eugene 4J Schools

Nearly $9-million in grant money will be distributed to 140 Oregon schools for career and technical training.

The 2011 Oregon Legislature voted to invest $2-million to bring back vocational programs to middle and high schools. The 2013 Legislature quadrupled the amount of grant money. In the previous round, $425,000 went to Eugene's Churchill High. Eugene 4J applied this time around, but did not get approved.

Eugene 4J Schools

Lane County students are enjoying winter break this week. However, due to the snowstorm in early December, schools will be in session for additional days in 2014.

According to Eugene 4J School District's Kerry Delf, before make-up days were announced, they heard this feedback from parents and staff:

Delf: "Please please please, add these days back during the school year, if you can, rather than adding them on to the end of the year while still having furlough days. So that is in fact what we did."

Corvallis School District

The number of Latinos in Oregon schools has reached 22-percent, but an achievement gap between Latinos and whites stubbornly continues. A program in Corvallis may be having some success in improving outcomes for Latino students.

Over tacos, a group of parents and peer facilitators draw up a list of obstacles to going to college.  First is money, then motivation, and then teen pregnancy.  Although they are talking about college, this is a group of parents of elementary school kids being taught the skills they need to be more involved:

Public Colleges & Universities
• Lane Community College - LCC Eugene and Cottage Grove locations are closed. UPDATE Posted: Thu. 12th, 05:46 AM
• University of Oregon - The UO is on its regular operational and final exam schedule. Check alerts.uoregon.edu for more detailed information. UPDATE Posted: Wed. 11th, 04:44 PM

Private Colleges & Universities
• Pioneer Pacific College - Springfield - School closed for Thursday Dec. 12th. UPDATE Posted: Thu. 12th, 06:27 AM

The snow and frigid cold snap couldn't come at a worse time for students at Lane Community College. The Eugene and Cottage Grove campuses have been closed for most of the time since Friday's snowstorm.

This is finals week.  Many students are still waiting to find out when their makeup tests will be. Brian Kelly, Vice President of College Services says the public safety and facilities staff have been on campus during the closure:

Public Colleges & Universities• Lane Community College - In addition to the closure of LCC Eugene and Cottage Grove locations today, Friday Dec. 6 (Florence center open), the Powwow for tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 7. has been canceled. UPDATE Posted: Fri. 6th, 08:30 AM• Linn-Benton Community College - Open at 10 a.m. UPDATE Posted: Fri. 6th, 06:55 AM• University of Oregon - Normal opening Posted: Fri.

Jes Burns

Four groups have offered to purchase Civic Stadium. The Eugene 4J School District has been looking to sell the 75-year old ball park in south Eugene for more than a decade.

Eugene 4J declared Civic Stadium surplus property in 2002. This most recent request for proposals to purchase the 10 acre site closed Tuesday. Purchase offers came from the City of Eugene, The YMCA, Fred Meyer and the non-profit Friends of Civic Stadium. 4J Spokeswoman Kerry Delf says the school board will evaluate the proposals based on the money offered and other factors.

Rachael McDonald

Last year, more than 18 thousand Oregon students were homeless at some time during the school year.
The State Department of Education released its annual homeless count of K-12 students last week. KLCC's Rachael McDonald met with a woman who's homeless and has 4 kids in school.

Brown: "Hi guys, welcome home…"

Angela Kellner

Members of a Eugene-based youth empowerment group are hosting a symposium this weekend on issues of sexuality and gender identity.

Youth for the Education and Prevention of Sexual Assault (YEPSA) was created more than five years ago by two students at the Network Charter School in Eugene. After months of planning and fundraising, the group is ready to host the Youth Empowerment Symposium on Sunday and Monday. The keynote speaker is Cree Gordon who identifies as gender-queer and is HIV-positive. Network Charter School teacher Denise Velasco describes one of the highlights.

Fern Ridge Schools

The Legislature has given Oregon school districts the right to withhold funds from the Educational Service Districts that serve them.  ESDs provide special education, technological and instructional support to K-12 districts on a regional basis. Eugene 4j School District will withdraw from Lane ESD in July 2014. Beaverton and Hillsboro are also withdrawing in large part from theirs .

Angela Kellner

Springfield School District leaders are disappointed a $62.5 million measure failed to pass Tuesday.

The money was sought to upgrade technology, replace Hamlin Middle School and upgrade other school buildings. Devon Ashbridge is Springfield Schools Communications Specialist:

Jes Burns

Secretary of State Kate Brown says a University of Oregon research department manipulated payroll in order to avoid mandatory furloughs and salary freezes imposed by the governor.

U of O officials asked the Secretary of State to audit the Institute of Neuroscience after an internal review flagged problems. In 2009, the governor imposed across the board furloughs and pay freezes for all state employees in response to the economic crisis. Tony Green is with the Secretary of State's office.

Last week (10-23-13) the Eugene 4J School Board formally announced its intention to withdraw from Lane Education Service District. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert looks into what the regional service agency provides and why the largest school district in Lane County made the decision to pull out.

The aim of the Lincoln County School District is ambitious: To become the best district in the world for integrating the ocean into the lives of its students. This school year students, teachers and administrators—and their partners in the community—are doing more than ever to meet that goal. The sea lions on the Newport bayfront (sounds of sea lions barking) welcome a group of Lincoln County teachers. The teachers are down on their bellies, using car ice scrapers under the docks.The results go under portable microscopes. It's an exercise that they will later share with their students.

Angela Kellner

In next week’s election, Springfield voters will decide the fate of a bond measure for the school district. More than half of the $62.5- million would go to replace Hamlin Middle School. The rest of the funds would be used to make upgrades at other schools.

Wendy Jett

Two young women from the Middle East are attending Lane Community College this year. One is from Israel, the other from Palestine. They're working for peace through friendship.

Yaara Tal is 22 years old and comes from a kibbutz in southern Israel, near the Gaza Strip. Deema Yusuf is 18. She's from Nazareth, Palestine. Both took part in a camp for young women called "Creativity for Peace"-- which is geared toward promoting peace in the Middle East. Yusuf says the camp emphasizes communication.

Oregon Schools And Districts Get New Report Cards

Oct 11, 2013

Oregon students aren't the only ones in the education system who get graded. Thursday, newly redesigned report cards were unveiled for the States' K-12 public schools and districts.

As part of Oregon's federal waiver application, the new report cards focus on growth and student outcomes. Aside from overall performance ratings, the report cards compare schools to similar population and income demographics. Oregon Department of Education Communications Director, Crystal Greene, says that provides a different perspective as to how a school is performing.

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