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Karen Richards

As previously reported, the Mapleton School District created a model plan for in-person class this fall. After the latest guidance, they’ve switched gears.


Terah Stuve

Several hundred cars drove around the capitol building in Salem Monday to protest in-person classes amid Oregon’s rising Covid-19 cases. People from all over the state joined Oregon Safe Return to Schools, part of a national movement called Refuse To Return. 


Oregon Schools Make COVID-Impacted Plans

Jul 16, 2020
Karen Richards

Oregon school districts are required to have a plan in place for the ’20/’21 school year by August 1st. Mapleton Superintendent and elementary school Principal Jodi O’Mara explains, “There’s three different models to choose from as a district when you make your plan. There’s the on-site, there’s the hybrid which is on-site and online, and then there’s the comprehensive distance learning.”

Karen Richards

Summer is traditionally a time off for teachers and school staff, but this year, of course, is different. Oregon school districts have until August 1st to submit a plan to the state on how they’ll meet COVID-19 guidelines this year. One rural Lane County district did the work early.


Eugene 4J

Tuesday afternoon, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced schools will remain closed until April 28th. School-related information changes daily and impacts many communities. 

Eugene School District 4J

Graduation rates in Eugene School District 4J have risen to a 10-year high, according to new information out Thursday from the Oregon Department of Education.

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Oregon educators and tribes are excited about new state mandated curriculum as its being developed. It fulfills Senate Bill 13, which requires the state’s department of education to create course material that’s culturally inclusive and relevant to Oregon’s 9 federally recognized tribes. 

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Oregon’s Native American students largely struggle to keep pace with their non-Indian peers.  Graduation rates and attendance are low, while dropouts are high. In this months’ segment for the series, “Native Voices of Oregon” KLCC’s Brian Bull talks to Indian educators about the challenges their students face, and what’s being done to brighten their prospects.

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While Oregon’s high school graduation rate has improved, minority students – especially Native Americans – still lag behind their white classmates. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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More Oregon students are homeless, a trend that’s going on its fourth consecutive year.  KLCC’s Brian Bull has more. 

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More Oregon students are homeless, a trend that’s going on its fourth consecutive year.  KLCC’s Brian Bull has more. 

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Standardized state tests have been around for over 50 years. They've had opposition for nearly as long. Oregon's “Smarter Balanced” assessments of the past three years spawned a strong opt-out movement. Some of the tests' flaws and hiccups have been fixed. Let's look at the work that remains to be done. 

 

 


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Efforts to end Native American mascots – or keep them, with local tribes’ approval – have left 16 Oregon school districts until July 1st to act.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

Karen Richards

 

It takes only a moment to sign a major bill into law. It will take years to implement a new Federal education policy. Oregon educators look forward to the possible impacts of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

 

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Oregon’s high school graduation rate increased to 73-point-8 percent in 2015. That’s up 2 percent from the year before.

Oregon Hits Record Number of Homeless Students

Oct 5, 2015
KOIN.com

Oregon school districts served over 20 thousand homeless students in the 2014-15 school year, an 8 percent increase from the previous year.

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New standardized test results are out Thursday for Oregon students. They show low-income and minority students continue to lag behind.
 

Oregon students in third grade through high school took tougher, longer exams last spring. They're connected to new "Common Core" standards.

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This is "National School Breakfast Week." In Oregon, advocates are using it to urge lawmakers to let more schools serve breakfast after the morning bell rings.

Eugene School District 4J

Oregon's public high school on-time graduation rates went up 3.3 percent in 2014 from the previous year. Eugene's 4J school district reports an 8 percent boost in the statewide survey released Thursday.

The state has changed the way it calculates graduation rates which may account for some of the improvement. Kerry Delf with Eugene 4J says the district also made progress in closing the achievement gap:

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. 

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.