Education

Oregon Legislature ends 2022 session with big spending, policy changes, little political rancor

BY: , and - March 4, 2022

With a final flurry of votes and speeches, Oregon legislators ended their 2022 session just before noon on Friday. Depending on whether Gov. Kate Brown signs all of the bills sent her way — she told reporters Friday she’s reviewing everything carefully but isn’t planning any vetoes — the 32 days of legislative work will […]

STATUS CHECK: Where key legislative bills are on week 5

BY: - March 4, 2022

The five-week session of the Oregon Legislature kicked off with lawmakers filing more than 200 bills. Those have been whittled down by House and Senate committees. Bills that didn’t pass out of committee by the end of the day on Feb. 14 died. Those that require the use of state funds must be considered by […]

Legislature passes package to help boost the state’s teacher workforce amid shortages

BY: - March 3, 2022

A package geared at growing the teacher workforce amid pandemic shortages passed the Senate Thursday and goes to Gov. Kate Brown for final approval. The only Senate votes against the plan came from Republican Sens. Dennis Linthicum of Klamath Falls and Chuck Thomsen of Hood River. House Bill 4030 provides nearly $100 million for districts […]

Education Department offers new guidance as schools ready to drop mask mandates

BY: - March 2, 2022

The Oregon Department of Education released updated guidance for school districts on Wednesday that ends some testing protocols and contact tracing.  The changes to the Ready Schools, Safe Learners Resiliency Framework – a roadmap for keeping schools open and students safe during the pandemic – comes as schools prepare for the end of state mask […]

Budget plan would aid low-income Oregonians and help with housing, child care, job training

BY: , and - March 1, 2022

New state spending designed to improve the lives of Oregonians by helping thousands of homeless residents obtain shelter, providing access to clean water in small, rural towns and enabling more than 100,000 students to take summer classes appears headed to legislative approval. “We are seizing this opportunity to send direct relief to Oregonians and deliver […]

Legislators push for money to train Oregon teachers in the science of reading

BY: - February 28, 2022

Nearly 3,000 teachers in Oregon schools serving students with the highest needs could soon get paid to learn more about the science of reading.  Rep. Barbara Smith Warner, D-Portland, is asking her colleagues in the Joint Ways and Means Committee of the legislature to allocate $31 million of Oregon’s federal Covid relief funds for schools, […]

Oregon, California, Washington will lift most mask mandates on March 12

BY: - February 28, 2022

UPDATED: Monday, Feb. 28 at 11:49 a.m. In a surprise move, Gov. Kate Brown said Monday that Oregon, Washington and California will jointly lift their indoor mask mandate on March 12. Masks will no longer be required in schools but state officials will recommend they still be used, according to a news release. The joint […]

STATUS CHECK: Where key legislative bills are on week 4

BY: - February 25, 2022

The five-week session of the Oregon Legislature kicked off with lawmakers filing more than 200 bills. Those have been whittled down by House and Senate committees. Bills that didn’t pass out of committee by the end of the day on Feb. 14 died. Those that require the use of state funds must be considered by […]

Mask mandates ending March 19, with state of emergency over April 1

BY: - February 24, 2022

The last of the pandemic limits Oregonians have endured for nearly two years are ending, with state authorities lifting mask requirements by Friday, March 19, and the state of emergency ending April 1, state officials announced Thursday. That means that this spring, life in Oregon will officially be back to normal though the virus is […]

Bill to empower Education Department to investigate discrimination against students gets killed

BY: - February 22, 2022

A plan to empower the Oregon Department of Education to investigate allegations of discrimination against students with disabilities was killed Tuesday by legislators because of time.  State Sen. Sara Gelser Blouin, D-Corvallis, said she was on the Senate floor when Gov. Kate Brown called to share with her that Senate Bill 1578, which Gelser Blouin […]

Several school districts defy executive order, vote to go mask optional before March 31

BY: - February 22, 2022

School leaders across the state are five weeks away from having the power to make masks optional for students and staff without the risk of fines or the loss of Covid relief funds.  Still, school boards in Alsea, Redmond and Molalla River have decided to skip the wait and accept the risks to allow for […]

University of Oregon considering increase in tuition and fees for next fall

BY: - February 18, 2022

The University of Oregon’s incoming freshmen could face some of the highest tuition and fees of any class before them. The university’s Tuition and Fee Advisory Board, a group of 16 staff and five students, recommended tuition increases for this fall of 4.5% for Oregon residents and a 3% increase for out-of-state students.  The advisory […]