Education

University of Oregon
3:54 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

U of O Graduate Student Teachers Rally For Increased Compensation

Supporters of graduate student teachers rally Friday.
Credit Karen Richards

The graduate teaching fellows union at the University of Oregon is bargaining for a new contract. They want a higher minimum salary and expanded health care coverage.

A group of over 100 graduate student teachers and their supporters gathered in front of Johnson Hall Friday. They spoke about the need to raise compensation packages in order to attract high-quality graduate students.

David Craig is a PHD student in philosophy.

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Bomb Threat Fern Ridge School
3:45 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Fern Ridge Middle School Evacuates After Bomb Threat

Credit R.A.C. Giddens

A bomb threat prompted evacuation of Fern Ridge Middle School this (Wednesday) morning. Homeland Security brought in a bomb-sniffing K-9 to search. No explosives were recovered but the district’s emergency protocols were put to the test.

Fern Ridge Middle School administrators were the first to find the threat spray painted on two walls. Superintendent Dennis Fredrick arrived soon after.

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Civic Stadium
10:55 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Public And Board Respond To Civic Stadium Sale Recommendation

Eugene 4j School Board hears public comment about Civic Stadium sale recommendation from Fred Meyer representative Melinda Merrill.
Credit Jes Burns

Earlier this week, 4J Schools Superintendent Sheldon Berman recommended the sale of the Civic Stadium properties to the City of Eugene, over competing bids from Fred Meyer and the YMCA.  A final decision by the 4J Board is still two weeks away.  Wednesday night, Board members heard community response to the recommendation.

Berman: “This has been a long process…”

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Education
4:13 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Eugene YMCA And Fred Meyer React To Civic Stadium Recommendation

Credit Jes Burns

Eugene Superintendent Shelley Berman announced Monday he would recommend the 4j School Board negotiate purchase of Civic Stadium with the City of Eugene. The price would be four point five million dollars. 

YMCA Executive Director Dave Perez Tuesday voiced disappointment while still holding out hope:

Perez:  “We really felt that our proposal offered the community and the School District some tremendous long-term benefits. We don’t think we’re out of it yet. The Board still has to make a decision on the 19th, and we’ll just see what kind of happens then.”

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Language
3:28 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

North Eugene High School Receives Japanese Grant

Principal Eric Anderson with Japanese Consul Hiroshi Furusawa.
Credit Karen Richards

Here's a quiz. What two languages are taught at North Eugene High School? Spanish is the first. But the second? It's Japanese. The school received a grant today (Tuesday) from the Japanese Consul General.

Nathan Goldberg starts his Japanese 1 class at North Eugene High School. Down the hall, a Japanese 3 class begins. Overall, 120 students at the school are studying the language. Consul General Hiroshi Furusawa says Oregon has a strong Japanese language presence:

Furusawa: "This state, per capita, number two, after Hawaii."

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Civic Stadium
6:00 am
Sun February 2, 2014

Decision Looms For Eugene's Civic Stadium

Credit Jes Burns

This month, the Eugene 4J School Board is expected to make its decision about the fate of Civic Stadium.

4J Superintendent Sheldon Berman is expected to announce his recommendation at 4 p.m. Monday. Proposals from Fred Meyer, Eugene YMCA and The City of Eugene to purchase the property are each being considered. Eugene School district spokeswoman Kerry Delf says the School Board makes the ultimate decision February 19th.

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Bethel School District
12:23 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Bethel Adds Back School Days

Bethel is adding back 2 days because of the snow days in December. It's restoring 3 other days because of a better budget outlook.
Credit Bethel School District

Students at Eugene's Bethel School District will get five days back in their academic calendar this spring.

That's a combination of make up days for last month's snowstorm and a better budget outlook. The district is adding the 5 days back the week following spring break. That week in April had been scheduled as Budget Reduction Days. Bethel Superintendent Colt Gill says the district surveyed students, parents and staff.

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Eugene 4J
3:56 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Eugene 4J Budget Predicted To Be Tight

Last (Monday) night, the Eugene 4J budget committee presented projections for next year. Although the situation has improved, the school district will have to make compromises.

The overall reaction to the early school budget forecast has been positive. Eugene 4J spokesperson Kerry Delf:

"We are looking forward to a year next year that is much less of a financial challenge than this year and some past years have been."

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College Textbooks
11:26 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Textbooks Are Too Expensive For College Students

OSPIRG Monday released a national survey on textbook costs.
Credit Rachael McDonald

College textbooks are too expensive and many students can't afford them. The Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group released a national survey Monday on textbook costs and alternatives.

Lane Community College Student Body President Paul Zito says he has only bought 4 textbooks in the 3 years he's been a student. He takes a normal course-load but he can't afford the books. Instead Zito looks for the information himself.

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Nutrition
6:29 am
Sun January 12, 2014

Veggies, Enthusiasm Sprout In Oregon's School Gardens

There are about 500 vegetable gardens planted at Oregon schools, and the state's first School Garden Summit takes place on Mon., Jan. 13 near Salem.
Credit Linda Colwell

Growing food at schools is part of a new trend in Oregon. Proponents say the practice teaches kids about science and maintaining a healthy diet. Monday, the First School Garden Summit in Salem hopes to educate and expand on the movement. 

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