Education

Eugene YMCA
7:35 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Eugene YMCA Looks to Expand to Bethel

Dave Perez, Executive Director of Eugene YMCA, spoke with Tiffany Eckert in the KLCC studios.
Credit Tiffany Eckert / KLCC

The Eugene YMCA is planning to expand. The idea is to have two YMCA facilities-- a new larger property at the current Roosevelt Middle School in South Eugene, and another in Bethel. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert gets an update on the Y's expansion plans from Executive Director Dave Perez.

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Education
12:40 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Eugene Student Represents Oregon In The National Geographic Bee In Washington, DC

Tor Parsons is a 7th grader at Roosevelt Middle School.
Credit Kari Parsons

Most everyone has heard of the National Spelling Bee.  But there’s another national student competition that tests knowledge of the world we live in – specifically the geography. The National Geographic Bee begins on Monday in Washington, DC.  After regional and state competitions, each state selects a 5th to 8th grader who will test their knowledge against the country’s best.  This year, Oregon’s representative is from Eugene.  

Tor Parsons is a 7th grader at Roosevelt Middle School.   KLCC’s Jes Burns speaks with Tor and his father Craig about the coming competition.  
 

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May 2014 Primary
8:13 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Pleasant Hill Residents to Vote on $17.9-million School Bond Measure

The entryway to Pleasant Hill High School.
Credit Angela Kellner

Entering Pleasant Hill from Eugene on Highway 58, drivers are greeted by a large banner hanging on the side of a parked van. It reads “No More Taxes! Vote No…Pleasant Hill School Bond.”  

Just down the road is another banner urging voters to approve the school bond measure. The community is split on the nearly $18-million dollar, 20-year bond to upgrade the elementary and high school.

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Early Education
1:16 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Governor Tours Eugene Preschool

Governor Kitzhaber helps children in the garden at Friendship Preschool in Eugene.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber visited a preschool in Eugene Thursday. The home-based center is part of a pilot program offering support for early childhood education.

At the Friendship Preschool, each child has their own garden plot. The governor helped plant vegetables while touring the home-based facility.

Kitzhaber wants the state to invest in programs like this one.

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Sexual Assault
11:28 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Advocates Put Pressure on UO President To Act Against Sexual Violence On Campus

The UO Coalition to End Sexual Violence held a rally on campus last week to protest how school dealt with recent sexual assault case.
Credit Rachael McDonald

The UO Coalition to End Sexual Violence is continuing to put pressure on University of Oregon president Michael Gottfredson. The group wants him to apologize to the campus community for how the administration dealt with a recent alleged sexual assault.

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Education
1:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Lane Education Service District Receives $409,612 For Student Grants

Credit Lane Education Service District

The Lane Education Service District is eager to get more students involved in a construction engineering technology program thanks to a grant from the state.

Lane ESD received more than $400,000 for student grants from the state of Oregon. The money will go toward the Lane County Construction Engineering Technology Program of Study. The program gets students involved in hands-on technology and gives them a taste of working in the construction and engineering field.

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Science & Technology
10:46 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Eugene Arts And Technology School Receives Grant

Eugene's Arts and Technology Middle School in Churchill has been awarded nearly $700,ooo dollars from a state STEM grant. STEM refers to studies in science, technology, engineering, and math. Principal Jeffery Johnson says the purpose of the grant is to create an environment where students and teachers focus on STEM classes in a project rich atmosphere. He says they will be acquiring new tools to make that happen.

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School Bond
3:38 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Fern Ridge Bond Supporters Optimistic For May Vote

Elmira Elementary School.
Credit Karen Richards

After two recent bond defeats, Fern Ridge school buildings have only fallen into further disrepair. Bond proponents in Veneta and Elmira have high hopes their measure will pass in May.

The Fern Ridge School District serves a growing community of about 10 thousand people in Walton, Noti, Veneta and Elimira. The 26-million dollar bond would pay for facilities and technology. Almost half the funds would be used to replace Elmira Elementary School. Jackie Turle is the principal there. She says the 65-year old building isn't healthy for kids or staff.

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University of Oregon
9:49 am
Fri April 25, 2014

UO Graduate Teaching Fellows Say Pay Falls Short

GTF union members rallied in February at the UO. The union plans to rally today [Friday 4/25] at Johnson Hall.
Credit Karen Richards

The Graduate Student Teaching Fellows union will meet Friday with the University of Oregon to try to find a solution in labor negotiations. The main sticking point is salary.

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Lane Community College
7:12 am
Fri April 25, 2014

LCC Could Cut Programs To Cope With Deficit

Mary Spilde is president of Lane Community College
Credit Lane Community College

Lane Community College is facing an expected budget deficit of $10 million to $12 million next year if student enrollment continues to decline. KLCC's Rachael McDonald spoke with LCC President Mary Spilde to get a fuller picture.

The LCC Board of Education meets Monday April 28th at 5 p.m. to decide on proposed program cuts.

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