Education

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Jes Burns

The Eugene 4J School Board has eliminated an offer of $16.56 cents for the 10 acre Civic Stadium property in South Eugene. That brings the number of proposals to three. The board hopes to have a decision by mid February.

Eugene 4J Schools

Nearly $9-million in grant money will be distributed to 140 Oregon schools for career and technical training.

The 2011 Oregon Legislature voted to invest $2-million to bring back vocational programs to middle and high schools. The 2013 Legislature quadrupled the amount of grant money. In the previous round, $425,000 went to Eugene's Churchill High. Eugene 4J applied this time around, but did not get approved.

Eugene 4J Schools

Lane County students are enjoying winter break this week. However, due to the snowstorm in early December, schools will be in session for additional days in 2014.

According to Eugene 4J School District's Kerry Delf, before make-up days were announced, they heard this feedback from parents and staff:

Delf: "Please please please, add these days back during the school year, if you can, rather than adding them on to the end of the year while still having furlough days. So that is in fact what we did."

Corvallis School District

The number of Latinos in Oregon schools has reached 22-percent, but an achievement gap between Latinos and whites stubbornly continues. A program in Corvallis may be having some success in improving outcomes for Latino students.

Over tacos, a group of parents and peer facilitators draw up a list of obstacles to going to college.  First is money, then motivation, and then teen pregnancy.  Although they are talking about college, this is a group of parents of elementary school kids being taught the skills they need to be more involved:

Public Colleges & Universities
• Lane Community College - LCC Eugene and Cottage Grove locations are closed. UPDATE Posted: Thu. 12th, 05:46 AM
• University of Oregon - The UO is on its regular operational and final exam schedule. Check alerts.uoregon.edu for more detailed information. UPDATE Posted: Wed. 11th, 04:44 PM

Private Colleges & Universities
• Pioneer Pacific College - Springfield - School closed for Thursday Dec. 12th. UPDATE Posted: Thu. 12th, 06:27 AM

The snow and frigid cold snap couldn't come at a worse time for students at Lane Community College. The Eugene and Cottage Grove campuses have been closed for most of the time since Friday's snowstorm.

This is finals week.  Many students are still waiting to find out when their makeup tests will be. Brian Kelly, Vice President of College Services says the public safety and facilities staff have been on campus during the closure:

Public Colleges & Universities• Lane Community College - In addition to the closure of LCC Eugene and Cottage Grove locations today, Friday Dec. 6 (Florence center open), the Powwow for tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 7. has been canceled. UPDATE Posted: Fri. 6th, 08:30 AM• Linn-Benton Community College - Open at 10 a.m. UPDATE Posted: Fri. 6th, 06:55 AM• University of Oregon - Normal opening Posted: Fri.

Jes Burns

Four groups have offered to purchase Civic Stadium. The Eugene 4J School District has been looking to sell the 75-year old ball park in south Eugene for more than a decade.

Eugene 4J declared Civic Stadium surplus property in 2002. This most recent request for proposals to purchase the 10 acre site closed Tuesday. Purchase offers came from the City of Eugene, The YMCA, Fred Meyer and the non-profit Friends of Civic Stadium. 4J Spokeswoman Kerry Delf says the school board will evaluate the proposals based on the money offered and other factors.

Rachael McDonald

Last year, more than 18 thousand Oregon students were homeless at some time during the school year.
The State Department of Education released its annual homeless count of K-12 students last week. KLCC's Rachael McDonald met with a woman who's homeless and has 4 kids in school.

Brown: "Hi guys, welcome home…"

Angela Kellner

Members of a Eugene-based youth empowerment group are hosting a symposium this weekend on issues of sexuality and gender identity.

Youth for the Education and Prevention of Sexual Assault (YEPSA) was created more than five years ago by two students at the Network Charter School in Eugene. After months of planning and fundraising, the group is ready to host the Youth Empowerment Symposium on Sunday and Monday. The keynote speaker is Cree Gordon who identifies as gender-queer and is HIV-positive. Network Charter School teacher Denise Velasco describes one of the highlights.

Fern Ridge Schools

The Legislature has given Oregon school districts the right to withhold funds from the Educational Service Districts that serve them.  ESDs provide special education, technological and instructional support to K-12 districts on a regional basis. Eugene 4j School District will withdraw from Lane ESD in July 2014. Beaverton and Hillsboro are also withdrawing in large part from theirs .

Angela Kellner

Springfield School District leaders are disappointed a $62.5 million measure failed to pass Tuesday.

The money was sought to upgrade technology, replace Hamlin Middle School and upgrade other school buildings. Devon Ashbridge is Springfield Schools Communications Specialist:

Jes Burns

Secretary of State Kate Brown says a University of Oregon research department manipulated payroll in order to avoid mandatory furloughs and salary freezes imposed by the governor.

U of O officials asked the Secretary of State to audit the Institute of Neuroscience after an internal review flagged problems. In 2009, the governor imposed across the board furloughs and pay freezes for all state employees in response to the economic crisis. Tony Green is with the Secretary of State's office.

Last week (10-23-13) the Eugene 4J School Board formally announced its intention to withdraw from Lane Education Service District. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert looks into what the regional service agency provides and why the largest school district in Lane County made the decision to pull out.

The aim of the Lincoln County School District is ambitious: To become the best district in the world for integrating the ocean into the lives of its students. This school year students, teachers and administrators—and their partners in the community—are doing more than ever to meet that goal. The sea lions on the Newport bayfront (sounds of sea lions barking) welcome a group of Lincoln County teachers. The teachers are down on their bellies, using car ice scrapers under the docks.The results go under portable microscopes. It's an exercise that they will later share with their students.

Angela Kellner

In next week’s election, Springfield voters will decide the fate of a bond measure for the school district. More than half of the $62.5- million would go to replace Hamlin Middle School. The rest of the funds would be used to make upgrades at other schools.

Wendy Jett

Two young women from the Middle East are attending Lane Community College this year. One is from Israel, the other from Palestine. They're working for peace through friendship.

Yaara Tal is 22 years old and comes from a kibbutz in southern Israel, near the Gaza Strip. Deema Yusuf is 18. She's from Nazareth, Palestine. Both took part in a camp for young women called "Creativity for Peace"-- which is geared toward promoting peace in the Middle East. Yusuf says the camp emphasizes communication.

Oregon Schools And Districts Get New Report Cards

Oct 11, 2013

Oregon students aren't the only ones in the education system who get graded. Thursday, newly redesigned report cards were unveiled for the States' K-12 public schools and districts.

As part of Oregon's federal waiver application, the new report cards focus on growth and student outcomes. Aside from overall performance ratings, the report cards compare schools to similar population and income demographics. Oregon Department of Education Communications Director, Crystal Greene, says that provides a different perspective as to how a school is performing.

Head Start U.S.

Two Head Start programs in Lincoln County have averted closure due to assistance from Oregon’s Early Learning Division.

Head Start provides preschool programs as well as health, nutrition and social services to low-income families. Due to the federal shutdown, the programs in Lincoln City and Toledo were running out of time. The agency had sent out *25 layoff notices and prepared for suspending classes as well as supplemental food and weekend programs. Dr. Suzanne Miller, Lincoln County’s Head Start Director, said October 31st would have been their last day:

Head Start U.S.

Two Head Start programs in Lincoln County have averted closure due to assistance from Oregon’s Early Learning Division.

Oregon State University

An Oregon State University research vessel is continuing its federally funded mission even though the federal government is shutdown.

An iPad At Every Desk

Oct 10, 2013
Lucy Ohlsen

An iPad for every child. That's reality at some Eugene 4J schools this year.

It's faster. Their fingers don't get sore. It's fun. The fifth graders at Awbrey Park Elementary love using iPads at school.

"It's helping a lot. It's easier than using computers."

Abby Strand is the class "DOJO" - meaning she's won the most points for being on task and a good student. She says some kids have trouble staying focused with iPads around.

"Not for me. For other kids in the class it's a challenge. But not for me. I just get on it and do what I'm told to do."

Jes Burns

The University of Oregon's new faculty union has ratified its contract with administration. 

The two-year contract is the result of 10 months of negotiations. Susan Anderson is a German Professor at the University of Oregon.  She says tenured faculty and instructors formed United Academics, a union of more than 18-hundred members. All were working toward a common goal.

University of Oregon

On Tuesday October 1 at noon, KLCC will join Oregon Public Broadcasting for a special simulcast broadcast of Think Out Loud.  University of Oregon President Michael Gottfredson will be in the KLCC studios live to talk about challenges facing the University and higher education today. 

We’ll have the latest news on the special session in Salem.  Plus UO professor Yong Zhao, who thinks K to 12 schools need to change, will be on the show. 

OPB’s Think Out Loud, live on KLCC, this Tuesday at noon.
   

Lane Community College

Classes start Monday (September 30th) at Oregon's public Universities and community colleges.  Enrollment is down at Lane Community College. Lane has come to depend more on tuition and the school is facing a budget shortfall.

Friday, the Oregon Education Investment Board unanimously selected Dr. Nancy Golden as Oregon's Chief Education Officer.

Dr. Golden has been Interim Director since August. The former Springfield Superintendent will be  overseeing Oregon's entire public education system, from pre-K through college, to ensure students reach the state's 40-40-20 goals. That is, by 2025, all students will earn a high school degree.

Lane Community College

Classes begin next week at Lane Community College. LCC President Mary Spilde talks with KLCC's Rachael McDonald about expectations for the coming year. The college is experiencing a drop in enrollment which means a possible $2 million budget deficit. But Spilde is hopeful the legislature will restore some state funding to community colleges when it meets for a special session in Salem Monday.

Jacob Lewin

Classes begin next week at state universities around Oregon. This year Oregon becomes one of 15 states with a tuition equity program. That means some young undocumented immigrants will be paying in-state tuition rates rather than out-of-state rates that are three to
four times higher.
 

Angela Kellner

Nature has the power to destroy and to heal. Eight years ago Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, hitting New Orleans especially hard. One family made the difficult choice to flee their place of birth for a new life in Oregon.

The eldest daughter has had a difficult time adjusting and finding her way. This summer she and her younger sister enrolled in a five-week job training program in the woods with Northwest Youth Corps.

This story was originally aired on August 28, 2013.

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