An ‘unprecedented flood’ of book bans engulfs U.S. school districts, PEN report says

BY: - October 5, 2022

WASHINGTON — More than 1,600 book titles across 32 states were banned from public schools during the 2021-2022 school year, with the bulk of the ban requests coming from a handful of right-wing groups pushing for censorship of books that feature LGBTQ+ characters and characters of color, a new report issued Monday said. “What I […]

Oregon schools getting $3 million in federal dollars for school safety and prevention

BY: - September 30, 2022

Each of Oregon’s 19 regional education service districts will be able to hire a full-time specialist to oversee school safety and prevention programs with new federal funds.  The specialists, who support mental health and suicide prevention programs and crisis response teams at schools across the state, will be paid with federal Covid relief money distributed […]

Oregon governor candidates debate education, housing, abortion in Bend

BY: - September 27, 2022

Oregon’s three candidates for governor had another chance to differentiate themselves in their first televised debate in Bend on Tuesday evening. Democrat Tina Kotek, Republican Christine Drazan and nonaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson answered questions from central Oregon residents before an auditorium of Oregon State University-Cascades students and staff.   The debate was largely muted, with candidates […]

Tests show Oregon students’ proficiency in core subjects declined during Covid

BY: - September 22, 2022

The latest results from statewide assessment tests in math, English and science show students across Oregon lost ground during the pandemic. Though participation was lower than in years past, an average of 85% of students participated this year in the assessment tests, called Smarter Balanced tests, which are required by state and federal law unless […]

White House: Nearly 500,000 Oregonians qualify for student loan forgiveness

BY: - September 20, 2022

Almost 500,000 Oregonians are eligible to have some or all of their student loans forgiven, the White House announced Tuesday. Most of the Oregon recipients – more than 332,100 – could have up to $20,000 forgiven because they received Pell Grants, which are provided to students whose families can’t help them pay for college. The […]

Fewer community groups got state funding for summer learning due to insurance requirement

BY: - September 20, 2022

Last year, youth in Maupin had the opportunity to join a summer program that brought them on field trips across the state. It was run by South Wasco Youth Programs, a nonprofit serving about 110 students in north central Oregon.  “We’re in a rural, impoverished area, so to do that was pretty amazing,”Director Amber Anderson […]

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How has more than $1.5 billion in federal Covid relief money changed Oregon schools?

BY: - September 19, 2022

Jared Cordon, the school superintendent in Roseburg in southern Oregon, cannot afford to pay for new heating, cooling and ventilation systems in the bulk of his district’s 12 schools, some of which are nearly 100 years old.  Despite receiving $19 million in federal Covid relief funding since 2020, Cordon learned early on that the money […]

State Education Department recommends big changes to graduation requirements

BY: - September 2, 2022

The Oregon Department of Education recommends the state make big changes to high school graduation requirements, including ending a decades-old requirement to show proficiency in reading, writing and other skills on top of credit-bearing coursework in those subjects. The department also recommends ending a requirement that students pass Algebra I, that the state offer one […]


Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan corrects only one problem of unsustainable college debt

BY: - August 30, 2022

President Biden’s decision to forgive up to $20,000 in unpaid college loans has reignited debate over the responsibilities of taxpayers, students and their families to sustain a “learn now, pay later” system that has become for many a path to indentured obligation rather than a portal to expanded opportunity.  It has also exposed yet another […]

Oregon joins states offering free and reduced college tuition for Native Americans this year

BY: - August 25, 2022

Members of Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes can attend the state’s public universities and community colleges practically free this school year, and members of federally recognized tribes from around the country will be eligible for in-state tuition at the school’s two largest universities.  In May, the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission rolled out a grant […]

Biden to wipe out $10,000 in student loan debt for many borrowers

BY: - August 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he will cancel up to $20,000 in federal student loan debt for Pell Grant borrowers and up to $10,000 for all other borrowers with an income of less than $125,000 for an individual and $250,000 for a household. Biden also announced his administration is extending a pause […]

Schools hope to overcome staff shortages with millions in wage, bonus incentives

BY: - August 23, 2022

Districts plan on spending millions of dollars in state and federal funds to pay teachers higher salaries and offer hiring and retention bonuses to fully staff schools by Sept. 1. Nearly all of Oregon’s 219 school districts and education service districts have applied for a portion of $100 million allocated by the state Legislature this […]