Education

Oregon senators want closer scrutiny of Chemawa Indian School

BY: - October 26, 2021

It’s been six years since the Chemawa Indian School in Salem was last reviewed by the federal Department of the Interior, which found then that “the school did not have an adequate plan in place to ensure students’ educational achievement.”  Now U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden have asked the department to look into […]

Ethics complaint against former Oregon State president will be dismissed

BY: - October 22, 2021

Former Oregon State University President F. King Alexander won’t face any consequences for using university attorneys to respond to a probe into Louisiana State University’s handling of campus rape allegations during his tenure there.  The Oregon Government Ethics Commission voted 3-2 Friday morning to dismiss a complaint against Alexander. The vote ultimately didn’t matter, however, […]

Former Oregon State University president accused of violating Oregon law

BY: - October 21, 2021

Former Oregon State University president F. King Alexander, who resigned just nine months into his tenure over revelations that Louisiana State University’s athletics department systematically covered up sexual misconduct allegations under his watch, also appears to have violated Oregon law. Alexander used OSU lawyers to respond to investigators in Louisiana, according to an Oregon Government […]

Dire warnings about the vaccine mandate unlikely to play out in Oregon

BY: , and - October 18, 2021

Rural officials have warned for more than a month that the vaccine mandate would put some Oregonians at risk as employees resigned or were fired. That mandate took hold Monday, covering tens of thousands of state employees, health care workers and school staff. Not long after Gov. Kate Brown imposed that mandate in August, Baker […]

Shortage of bus drivers the latest staffing challenge for schools

BY: - October 15, 2021

A shortage of bus drivers in many parts of the state have shown just how valuable the ride to and from school is. Districts and bus companies have been forced to combine or cancel routes, boost hourly pay and offer four-figure bonuses to attract drivers.  In Eugene this week, parents were notified that rides on […]

USDA investment in Hispanic-serving Institutions will flow to community college in Salem

BY: - October 14, 2021

A community college in Salem is among 21 Hispanic-serving institutions in the country to receive a share of a $12 million dollar investment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Chemeketa Community College is one of three in the state considered Hispanic-serving because student enrollment is at least 25% Hispanic. At Chemeketa, 29% of students are […]

School board meeting held in North Bend, Oregon

Facing threats, superintendents and school boards turn to legislature, law enforcement 

BY: - October 14, 2021

The North Bend School Board didn’t have anything controversial on its agenda last week, but an FBI warning prompted the directors to abandon their open session and go virtual. They were alerted that 200 to 300 demonstrators planned to flood the meeting. Local police said they didn’t have the capacity to step in if things […]

Child welfare calls from Oregon schools dropped 30% during distance learning

BY: - October 12, 2021

During any other school year, the statistic at the Warrenton-Hammond School District in northwest Oregon would have been positive. Superintendent Tom Rogozinski, superintendent, was taking stock of the months his students spent under distance learning, and noticed a steep decline in calls from staff to the state Department of Human Services over concerns about student […]

Empty classroom

Latest state education report shows low participation, progress

BY: - October 7, 2021

The Oregon Department of Education took an incomplete on its yearly report card for schools and districts issued Thursday.   Participation in standardized testing for the 2020-21 school year was down 70% across the state, according to Jon Wiens, the department’s director of accountability. In a press conference held in advance of the At-A-Glance Report release, […]

FBI to investigate threats made against school board members, teachers

BY: - October 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice has directed the FBI to meet with local governments and law enforcement to discuss strategies for dealing with increasing threats to teachers and school board members spurred by a conservative backlash against discussions of race in public schools. “Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our […]

Ethan Kemper at desk doing homeschool work on the computer.

Despite return to in-person classes, many who chose homeschooling during pandemic stay home

BY: - October 6, 2021

By May 2020, Ethan Kemper had all but given up on school. Banks High School, where he was finishing his freshman year, had gone to a pass/no pass grading system after having in-person school derailed by the coronavirus.  Jacoba Kemper said her son’s classes felt unplanned, communication between the teachers and Ethan lagged and filling […]

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 […]