U.S. Senate moves forward on gun safety legislation

BY: - June 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Senate is poised to pass a bipartisan bill later this week that could become the most comprehensive federal gun safety legislation in years, including billions in new mental health funding. Senators on a procedural vote late Tuesday agreed 64-34 to start debate on the gun control bill, which would also have to […]

Some Oregon kids with disabilities being denied access to summer learning, classroom hours owed

BY: - June 13, 2022

State Sen. Sara Gelser Blouin, D-Corvallis, had experienced what she calls a “bad education day” before she showed up to a June 2 legislative education committee.  A parent in her district had gone to Facebook to share that their middle school would no longer provide her child with a disability class time after third period […]

Several insurers will offer coverage for summer programs nearly derailed by state rules

BY: - June 9, 2022

The Oregon Association of Education Service Districts announced Thursday that three insurance agents will provide specialty coverage for sexual assault and molestation to community groups offering summer learning programs.  Last week, the Oregon Department of Education announced a requirement that community groups have such insurance in order to receive the $50 million in state grants […]

Oregonians support Title IX’s guarantees for girls in sports, divided on transgender student access

BY: - June 8, 2022

Oregonians across the board support a now 50-year-old federal law that guarantees girls equal access to school sports, but they’re split on a current interpretation of the law that allows transgender students to play on their preferred teams. That’s one takeaway from a May poll by the Oregon Values and Beliefs Center, a nonpartisan public […]

Surprise insurance requirement threatens to block some summer learning programs from state money

BY: - June 7, 2022

A requirement that community organizations receiving state summer learning grants have insurance coverage for sexual abuse and molestation claims could keep some from accessing $50 million in aid.  In February, the state Legislature passed another year of record funding for such summer programs, which includes $100 million for school districts and $50 million for programs […]

Mass shootings elsewhere can cause anxiety, regression in children in Oregon 

BY: - May 26, 2022

The mass shootings in a Texas school and a New York state supermarket this month that killed 31 people, including 19 children, took place more than 2,000 miles from Oregon but they can still particularly affect children in the state. Dr. Ajit Jetmalani, a child psychiatrist at Oregon Health & Science University, is urging parents […]

Colt Gill, Oregon Education Department director, in 2021.

Oregon leaders need to stop disrupting education reforms, report finds

BY: - May 25, 2022

Oregon leaders need to press for more accountability while avoiding political “flavor of the month” funding choices so schooling for the state’s 540,000 students can improve, a new state report concludes. State auditors say the $4.6 billion a year spent by the state on education is at risk because education standards aren’t enforced, spending decisions […]

Candidates for Oregon governor address key state issues in unique presentation

BY: - April 28, 2022

Nearly three dozen candidates for governor are vying for their parties’ nomination in the 2022 primaries on May 17. A collaborative of Oregon journalists wrote 15 questions to help you get to know these folks before you cast your ballot. Click on each candidate’s “card” to see how they responded to our questions on housing, […]

Despite enrollment losses, inflation, community colleges propose little to no tuition increases

BY: - April 25, 2022

Oregon’s 17 community colleges have committed to keeping tuition low next year in the face of rising costs from inflation and declining enrollments. Four community colleges are planning no tuition increases, including Portland Community College, the state’s largest by enrollment. At most of the other community colleges, tuition will go up by no more than […]

Poll: Oregonians unsure or unconvinced their school boards represent their values

BY: - April 21, 2022

A survey of more than 1,500 Oregonians found nearly 40% did not feel their values and beliefs were represented by their local school boards and more than a quarter were unsure.  In March, the Oregon Values and Beliefs Center, an independent nonprofit research group, sent the online survey to Oregonians ages 18 and up.  School […]

Tuition up at nearly all Oregon public universities this fall

BY: - April 15, 2022

Incoming freshmen at nearly all of Oregon’s public universities will pay more for tuition this fall as schools struggle with inflation and budget deficits and face uncertain enrollment with Covid still lingering. Rate hikes range from 2% to 7% for Oregon residents across the state’s seven public universities. Oregon Tech has proposed the largest increase, […]

State leaders hope new behavioral health graduates can fill persistent gaps in Oregon schools

BY: - April 14, 2022

The University of Oregon will launch a new bachelor’s degree and certification program in children’s behavioral health to meet growing needs in state and regional schools.  When it comes to school psychologists, Oregon has about one per 1,400 students, according to the National Association of School Psychologists. It recommends one per 500 students.  The new […]