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University of Oregon

Last month black students at the University of Oregon met with President Schill to discuss challenges African-Americans face on campus. After that meeting, the Black Student Task Force published a list of demands addressed to UO’s administration.

City of Eugene

A bike safety program for middle school students in Eugene and Springfield is expanding. A $30,000 grant will help the program add over 40 classes.

Casper Journal

Umpqua Community College Wednesday appointed Dr. Walter Nolte as its new interim president.
Nolte is 67.


Florence-area students were released early today in advance of a potentially strong windstorm. District buses started to leave schools at about 12:30 p.m. All afternoon and evening activities districtwide are being canceled.

Eugene 4J School District

The Eugene 4J School District has agreed to an exclusive rights-contract with Nike for varsity uniforms. The school board voted 5 to 2 at their Wednesday meeting to approve the 5-year contract with the Beaverton-based company.

Casper Journal

Umpqua Community College in Roseburg is looking for a new interim president. Wednesday the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to enter into contract negotiations with a former community college president who has experience with campus tragedy.


A new documentary titled "Professors in Poverty" focuses on the trend of hiring part-time and adjunct instructors in higher institutions while eliminating full-time, tenured positions to save money.

Rachael McDonald

University of Oregon President Michael Schill Tuesday announced his goal to increase the school's graduation rate by 10 percent in 5 years and to expand access for lower-income Oregon students.  Schill is committing $17 million to the effort.

Rachael McDonald

A new University of Oregon program makes graduate school more accessible for members of the state's federally recognized tribes.

U of O Assistant Vice President Jason Younker is tribal liaison for the University of Oregon. Himself a member of Oregon's Coquille tribe, he was the first in his family to get a higher education. Younker says for many Native American students, there aren’t models of those who've succeeded in higher ed before.

Rachael McDonald

Lane Community College Biology Instructor Stacey Kiser has been named best biology teacher of the year by the National Association of Biology Teachers. She's been teaching at Lane for 20 years.

Jon Rosman / OPB News

It's been just over a month since a shooter opened fire at Umpqua Community College. KLCC's Rachael McDonald talks with UCC Interim President Dr. Rita Cavin.

Karen Richards

Construction on Howard Elementary and Roosevelt Middle schools is underway in Eugene. The principals and designers are hosting meetings tonight and tomorrow to give updates on the buildings.

City of Eugene

A new grant program, authorized by the 2015 state legislature, helps pay for tuition at Oregon community colleges.

Rachael McDonald

A program in Lane County that helps children get ready to be in school got a big infusion of federal money this fall. The Kids in Transition to School program started years ago in Eugene / Springfield and is poised to go county-wide.

Eugene 4J School District

A teacher is petitioning for a name change to Eugene's Roosevelt Middle School when it moves into its new building which is currently under construction. The deadline to sign the petition is Friday (Oct. 16).

Karen Richards

Both of Oregon's U.S. Senators were on the University of Oregon campus today (Monday) to hear from college students about how to deal with the rising cost of school. They called it a "listening session."

Oregon Hits Record Number of Homeless Students

Oct 5, 2015

Oregon school districts served over 20 thousand homeless students in the 2014-15 school year, an 8 percent increase from the previous year.

The University of Oregon's incoming freshman class is the most diverse and academically prepared in the school's history. The class is more than 4,000 students strong.

Roger Thompson is Vice President for Enrollment Management at the U of O.

Thompson: "If we look at academic preparation, high school GPAs, test-scores, the amount of AP, IB, all the college work that they've already completed in high school then they are the most academically prepared entering freshman class we've ever had."

Karen Richards

This year, for the first time, all Oregon schools have the funding to offer full-day kindergarten. In Eugene's 4J district, teachers and parents have embraced the change.

Pat McGillivray / Bethel School District

Eugene's Bethel School Board Monday voted unanimously to a deal with Nike for student athletes to wear the company's uniforms.

A new Oregon law will put a stop to hidden fees for college students who are on financial aid. Students are returning to classes this week, but the law won't protect them yet.

Students on financial aid are often issued "debit cards" with which to access their loan money. But Representative Nancy Nathanson who co-sponsored the law, says some companies take advantage of students.

Tiffany Eckert

About 3,000 new and returning students flocked from far and wide to the University of Oregon Thursday for the annual "Unpack the Quack" move-in day.

Lane Community College

Lane Community College President Mary Spilde talks with KLCC's Rachael McDonald.

Jes Burns

A new survey conducted at the University of Oregon and 26 other colleges confirms what's already been found out-- 1 in 5 students has experienced some kind of sexual assault. The results were released Monday a week before the U of O fall term begins.

The state released the results of new standardized tests Thursday. The expectation was that students might find the more rigorous tests challenging. But, Eugene 4J students performed above the statewide average.


New standardized test results are out Thursday for Oregon students. They show low-income and minority students continue to lag behind.

Oregon students in third grade through high school took tougher, longer exams last spring. They're connected to new "Common Core" standards.

"You Say Latino"

Sep 16, 2015
James Newman

There's a difference between the terms Hispanic and Latino. Or maybe there's not. An Oregon comic artist wanted to find out, and the result has sparked a national conversation.

The Springfield School Board is looking to fill a vacancy after a member announced his resignation earlier this week.


Former state representative Al King has served on the Springfield School Board for 13 years. He's moving out of the district and is resigning from the board effective October 14. King has been active in the community as past president of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and co-founder of the Springfield Education Foundation.

Rachael McDonald

Backers of a library funding levy gathered Tuesday in front of the Eugene Public Library downtown to kick off their campaign. Measure 20-35 is a 5-year local option levy to fund library services. It will be on the November 3rd ballot.

Meeting Date: September 11, 2015

Air Date: September 14, 2015  

Four Lane County school superintendents will discuss their plans for social studies, civics, government, and community projects in their districts. The September 11 Friday Forum will also give City Club members and guests an opportunity to become acquainted with the new 4J superintendent and Springfield’s recently appointed interim superintendent.