Education

Student getting served lunch at Salem school.

Oregon school districts navigating food shortages, supply chain issues

BY: - October 6, 2021

Not long before a recent nacho lunch day in the Hillsboro School District, Nate Roedel learned that he wouldn’t receive the 120 cases of tortilla chips he’d need to make more than 13,000 meals. Luckily Roedel, executive director of nutrition services for the district, had gotten good at improvising. The last two months of food […]

COMMENTARY

Vaccinations advance at Southern Oregon University despite regional challenges

BY: - October 5, 2021

ASHLAND – Education works. Outreach makes a difference. Encouragement is a key. Southern Oregon University is located in and serves a region where COVID-19 vaccination is not yet universally accepted as the most effective weapon against our ongoing pandemic, and the most direct path toward a pre-COVID way of life. But SOU gladly qualifies as […]

Democrats’ vision for free community college would boost undocumented students

BY: - October 5, 2021

WASHINGTON—The massive economic policy package Democrats are trying to muscle through Congress could open the door to free community college for undocumented immigrants. But that lifeline for many people now denied access to higher education could also reignite controversies in Republican-leaning states over immigration and federal overreach. The provision on immigrants was included in a plan drafted […]

A teacher cleans a classroom to prepare it for students

New emergency substitute teaching license attempts to solve statewide shortages

BY: - October 5, 2021

Hiring substitute teachers has been difficult in Oregon for a number of years, but the pandemic has made it worse.  Superintendent Dan Goldman, who coordinates the hiring of substitutes for the Northwest Regional Education Service District, had only 65% of the substitute teachers he needed last week to fill classrooms in the 20 school districts […]

Congress has a plan for universal pre-K. Will states opt in?

BY: - October 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — Nearly a fifth of President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion sweeping social spending package is dedicated to providing low-cost care for children from birth to kindergarten—investments that would benefit single parents and low-income families. But how the states implement their programs for pre-K for 3-and 4-year-olds—or whether they even decide to accept the cash, […]