Education

Education
4:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

OSU Graduates A Record-size Class

Credit Oregon State University

As the school year comes to an end, Oregon State University will celebrate with a record size graduating class.

OSU’s class of 2014 is the largest in the school’s history. Nearly 5,900 students will be graduating this Saturday. That’s even more than last year’s record breaking class.  The three departments with the most graduates are Liberal Arts, Engineering, and Business.

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Education
6:00 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Steve Boynton Prepares to Assume Lincoln County Superintendency

Superintendent Steve Boynton
Credit news.kyaq.org

Steve Boynton, 40, will assume the superintendency of the Lincoln County Schools July 1st. He's been superintendent of the Arlington School District, east of the Dalles, for four years. Boynton replaces Tom Rinearson in a district that spans 55 miles of the Oregon coast.

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Alternative Energy Education
9:08 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Middle School Students Design, Build, And Race Solar Cars

The race begins!
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Solar powered cars? There may be problems driving at night, but during a perfectly sunny day in Eugene Saturday, middle school-ers tried their models out during the annual Solar Challenge.

The competition held at Cal Young Middle School, is sponsored by the Eugene Water and Electric Board and featured about 250 students. Cars were entered into four categories: Speed racing, a hill climb, and art and science concept cars. Tim Whitley is EWEB's grant coordinator. He says the project increases awareness of alternative energy and gives kids a hands-on opportunity.

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Education & Health
10:16 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Inside The Box: Part 2 Of The Portable Classrooms Investigation

A "greener" portable classroom at Perkins Elementary School in Washington state.
Credit The Seed Collaborative

Students around the Northwest go to school every day in portable classrooms. These classrooms are an affordable solution to budget-strapped districts that need more space.

But they can be bad for student health and performance. That’s why some districts are moving away from portable classrooms. One district in Spokane has found a solution.

Courtney Flatt brings us part 2 of our special series "Inside the Box".

Walking into the new Jefferson Elementary School is like walking into a model home. Everything looks tidy.

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Education & Health
3:49 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

School Districts Explore Solutions For Excessive Portable Classroom Use

Portable classrooms are meant to be temporary, but many school districts are using them long-term, raising health concerns and even making some students feel like second-class citizens.
Credit Wikipedia

Thousands of students in Washington and Oregon go to school in what are known as “portable classrooms”.

These temporary structures were a quick solution to the problem of growing population and lack of funding for school facilities in parts of the Northwest.

But many of these “temporary” structures are still around. They’re not environmentally friendly or healthy places for students to learn.
 

From the outside, Billie Lane’s classroom looks like a trailer home, standing in the parking lot behind the Kalles Jr. High school in Puyallup.

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Education
6:19 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

4-J Not Alone: Classroom Size And Time Constraints Frustrate Teachers Statewide

Awbrey Park Elementary in North Eugene.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

Recently released results from an Oregon  Department of Education survey reveal most educators feel teaching and learning conditions are good --but class-size and lack of support time remain serious issues. To learn more, KLCC's Tiffany Eckert examines how these findings have played out at one 4-J elementary school and the outlook for the district next year.

Brittenham: "You know I love what I do and it feels harder than it should…"

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Homelessness
12:01 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Family Escapes Homelessness Thanks To Housing Pilot Program In Tacoma, WA

Across the country more than one million kids may not know where they’re going to sleep tonight. It could be in a car, on a friend’s couch, in a homeless shelter, or even on the street. In Washington State alone there are more than 30,000 homeless children and for these kids getting their homework done is the least of their problems. Now a unique program out of Tacoma is trying to help those kids do better in school, one family at a time.

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Lane Community College
12:13 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Lane Community College Plans to Raise Tuition

Mary Spilde is President of Lane Community College.
Credit Lane Community College

Lane Community College will raise tuition but has avoided lay-offs to cope with its financial shortfall. The LCC Budget Committee passed a spending plan Thursday night.

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Eugene 4J
3:00 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

4J Seeks Input on Plans For New Roosevelt Middle School

Roosevelt Middle School in South Eugene.
Credit Eugene 4J School District

The public is invited to participate in designing a new Middle School in South Eugene. Voters approved a bond measure last spring to pay for improvements in the 4J district. There's a public meeting Tuesday at Roosevelt Middle School.

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University of Oregon
1:29 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Graduate Teaching Fellows Hold "Work-In"

Graduate student fellows study in the lobby of Johnson Hall.
Credit Karen Richards

Graduate student teachers at the U of O have been in contract negotiations since late 2013. Today (Friday), the group held a "work-in" on campus to bring attention to their still un-met demands.

Fifteen hundred Graduate Teaching Fellows and Research Assistants work at the U of O. After the most recent bargaining session failed, their union, the GTFF, voted to authorize a strike. PhD student John LaRochelle has been on the bargaining team. Today he's studying quietly with 15 or 20 other students in the administration building:

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