education

Oregon Students Missing Out On AP Chances

Feb 18, 2014
The Leaf Project

College-bound high school students can get a leg up on their post-secondary education by taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams and classes. 

But a recent national report shows many Oregon students do not take advantage of the AP offerings. 

Attendance Drops In Medford Schools

Feb 15, 2014

Attendance in schools across the Medford School District dropped for the fourth consecutive day Friday. Some parents chose to keep children at home while some North Medford High School students joined the picket lines with their teachers on Thursday.

48 percent of the district's more than 12,000 students went to school Thursday, according to district reports.  That number fell to 44 percent on Friday.

Strike Talks Break Down

Feb 14, 2014
Joi Riley/JPR

Talks have broken down between striking Medford teachers and the district.

The Mail Tribune reports the talks started off well, but ended with no contract agreement and no scheduled time for new negotiations.

Mediator To Meet Today With Medford Educators

Jan 28, 2014

Oregon State mediators will meet separately with bargaining teams from the Medford School District and its teachers union this afternoon in the hopes of settling contract disputes before a Feb. 6 strike.

The Medford Education Association notified the district yesterday of its intent to strike in 10 days as required by law. The union's bargaining team walked away from negotiations Friday, saying the district was unwilling to budge on its latest contract offer.

Oregon Rank In Education Falls

Jan 23, 2014
Wootan01/Flickr

A recent report from a national group should give Oregon educators pause. 

The report shows the state ranking 40th in student achievement, which is not welcome news.   California came in 33rd in the same list.

Medford Teachers Hold Strike Vote

Jan 23, 2014
Medford School District

After nearly a year of contract negotiations, Medford teachers will vote tonight (January 23) on whether to strike.

The Mail Tribune reports that bargaining teams from the Medford School District and the Medford Education Association have met three times this month, totaling about 30 hours, to negotiate the remaining articles of a new contract.

The district implemented the contract in late December without support of the teachers' union.

Learning The Ropes In The World Of Arts

Dec 30, 2013
Oregon Shakespeare Festival

We want our students to do better in school, but budget cuts in recent years fell hard on offerings like art and music. 

And those offerings can be critical to the success of some students. 

Learning Oregon's New School Rating System

Oct 17, 2013
Wootan01/Flickr

You can be forgiven if you have trouble keeping up with all of the changes taking place in public schools. 

Methods for testing students, teachers and entire schools continue to evolve. 

Oregon Schools Get Report Cards

Oct 11, 2013
Eric E. Johnson/Flickr

Oregon has released its redesigned report cards for the state's public schools and districts.

The new cards track more information than in the past about student performance, school curricula, and college readiness.

Oregon Universities And Constant Change

Oct 10, 2013
Finetooth/Wikimedia

The Oregon University System (OUS) is starting to look very different.  On organizational charts, anyway.

Last summer's legislative session produced a law allowing the big three schools, Oregon, Oregon State, and Portland State, to form their own governing boards.

oregonstate.edu

The terminology has changed a bit, and so have some of the approaches. 

The people once called "illegal aliens" are now generally called "undocumented immigrants," and laws are being written to accommodate the ones who came to the United States as children. 

The Teacher Behind The Success of "Drama High"

Oct 7, 2013
MichaelSokolove.com

Think of it as "Friday Night Lights" with stage lighting. 

A high school theater in economically depressed Levittown, Pennsylvania cranked out highly polished hits, and careers in theater for some of its participants, under the direction of Lou Volpe. 

Farm To School & "The Siskiyou Challenge"

Sep 26, 2013
kcmckell/Live Aloha

School kids are learning more about where their food comes from through the Rogue Valley Farm to School program. 

And since neither farmers nor schools have a lot of spare money on hand, RVF2S has to find ways to support itself. 

guernicamag.org

We do not schedule guests for Wednesday at 8:30, because that's the time for VENTSday, your chance to vent (politely, please) on a pair of topics in the news.  We bring the topics, you bring the opinions. 

mrgfoundation.org

Kids don't need much of a reason to pick on each other, but the concern heightens when teasing turns to bullying.  A number of programs work to ease bullying in schools, including several programs of the Lotus Rising Project, which seeks to make life better for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) people in Southern Oregon.

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