What monkeypox outbreak? Little planning by colleges as students resume classes

BY: - August 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — College students are heading back to campus following more than two years of a pandemic that led many schools to empty out for full semesters and later move to hybrid schedules in a struggle to curb the spread of COVID-19.  But the attempt by colleges and universities to return to something resembling normal […]

Oregon identifies first pediatric case of monkeypox as outbreak spreads

BY: - August 17, 2022

The newest infection of monkeypox in Oregon involves a child, marking the first pediatric case in the state. Oregon Health Authority officials said Wednesday the child is linked to another patient with the disease, which is usually transmitted through skin-to-skin contact with lesions. The child was tested for monkeypox on Aug. 11, and the test […]

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State lawmakers prepare proposals to improve children mental health care

BY: - August 16, 2022

Oregon lawmakers are working on bills ahead of the 2023 legislative session to help the tens of thousands of children who are suffering with mental health issues.  State Sen. Sara Gelser Blouin, who leads the Senate mental health committee, told the Capital Chronicle she’s working on legislation to improve access to mental health services by […]

Health care professionals call for federal help addressing Oregon’s youth mental health crisis

BY: - August 12, 2022

Oregon’s mental health professionals for young people are frustrated. At a roundtable discussion on Thursday, medical providers and representatives from a tribal health agency and Portland Public Schools expressed frustration that public and private health insurance plans have left many youth untreated.  They called for an expansion of the mental health care workforce in schools, […]

Oregon schools lean heavily on emergency teachers, including untrained ones

BY: - August 10, 2022

Struggling with staffing shortages exacerbated by the pandemic, Oregon schools leaned heavily last year on teachers who received emergency licenses from the state.  During the 2021-22 school year, districts employed 438 emergency licensed teachers, up from 181 the year prior and a low of 134 five years ago, according to data from the Teacher Standards […]

Oregon schools need billions to close funding gap, education commission says

BY: - August 8, 2022

To meet state education goals, Oregon schools are going to need more money from the Legislature, a new analysis finds. Every two years, the Education Quality Commission estimates the funding required to operate “a system of highly-effective schools” in the state and recommends a budget to the governor and the Legislature.  For the 2023-25 biennium, […]

U.S. Reps. DeFazio, Bonamici and other U.S. House Democrats file brief in college affirmative action case

BY: - August 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott of Virginia has filed a brief along with 64 other House Democrats urging the Supreme Court to uphold the role that race plays in college admission policies at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina.  “Narrowly tailored admissions policies that recognize race as […]


U.S. Supreme Court out of touch with most Americans

BY: - July 13, 2022

I woke up the morning of July 4th feeling cynical about “Independence Day” after the recent slew of  Supreme Court decisions that essentially eviscerated long-standing constitutional rights and protections considered core to our democracy. With Dobbs v. Jackson, the Supreme Court’s newly anointed conservative supermajority stripped women of the constitutional guarantee to decide whether to […]

State Education Department launches online mental health care training

BY: - July 6, 2022

The Oregon Department of Education this week launched self-guided online courses for adults to help them address mental health issues among students. The program called WISE, or Well-Being Information and Strategies for Educators, includes sessions for specific groups: teachers, other school staff and parents and guardians. The program is free, and each group gets six […]

Oregon spending $1.6 million for eastern college equity program

BY: - July 5, 2022

The state will spend more than $1 million to help more students of color and adult learners graduate from colleges in eastern Oregon. Gov. Kate Brown announced last week that the state will spend $1.6 million to launch an initiative called “Moon Shot for Equity” at Eastern Oregon University, Treasure Valley Community College and Blue […]

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 […]