Lincoln County School District

Twenty years from now, based on existing trends, Oregon public schools will be majority minority. Oregon still has a ten-point achievement gap between minorities and whites, and as students of color become a larger part of the school population, closing that gap becomes more important.

Kids Delights

Last week, the Eugene 4-J School District announced initial testing found trace levels of lead in water fixtures in three schools and the district office. Those locations turned off drinking fountains and continue to use bottled and filtered water only. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, the district’s summer plans include more proactive measures.

Tiffany Eckert

Seven University of Oregon students were honored during a special ceremony on Sunday. The Lavender Graduation acknowledges the achievements and campus contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students.

The event began with a moment of silence in honor of the people killed and wounded in the Sunday morning mass shooting in Orlando.

Then, one at a time, LGBT graduating students faced the small crowd and a loved one spoke about them.

Rachael McDonald

More than 400 students graduated from Umpqua Community College in a ceremony Friday. At the start of the school year, the Roseburg campus was shattered after a gunman opened fire in a writing class, killing 9 people and himself. But the community came together to heal.

Cindy Carpien

It’s been 163 years since Eugene was founded.
It’s kind of a strange name for a city. Many people know it was named for Eugene Skinner. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald wondered why. And she found out we’re not alone.

Rachael McDonald

The 400 students at Howard Elementary in Eugene are spending their last couple of weeks in their old facility. Next fall, they’ll start classes in a new, modern building. Generations of students and teachers will bid farewell to the old school Wednesday evening.

A smiling President Obama introduced University of Washington geneticist Mary-Claire King as a Chicago native who first got interested in science through baseball.

"Mary-Claire King's dad would sit with her in front of the TV for Cubs ... and White Sox games," the president, one of the most famous White Sox fans said, pausing to draw laughs from a room crowded with scientists, "and make up story problems for her to solve about the players on the field. She just thought that's how everyone watched baseball."

A national campaign to support transgender people has made its way to Oregon State University. Some students and faculty are sporting a button with the phrase “I’ll Go With You.” Someone who wears the button is willing to accompany a transgender person into a potentially uncomfortable space.  

Kyra Buckley

Friday, the White House wrote a letter to the nation’s publicly funded schools explaining how they can safeguard the civil rights of students based on their gender identity.

Lane Community College

Lane Community College has offered classes in a northwest tribal language for about 10 years. This week, the board of education considered cutting the program because of budget shortfalls. But, the board voted 5-1 this week to keep it.