Education

Education
6:19 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

4-J Not Alone: Classroom Size And Time Constraints Frustrate Teachers Statewide

Awbrey Park Elementary in North Eugene.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

Recently released results from an Oregon  Department of Education survey reveal most educators feel teaching and learning conditions are good --but class-size and lack of support time remain serious issues. To learn more, KLCC's Tiffany Eckert examines how these findings have played out at one 4-J elementary school and the outlook for the district next year.

Brittenham: "You know I love what I do and it feels harder than it should…"

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Homelessness
12:01 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Family Escapes Homelessness Thanks To Housing Pilot Program In Tacoma, WA

Across the country more than one million kids may not know where they’re going to sleep tonight. It could be in a car, on a friend’s couch, in a homeless shelter, or even on the street. In Washington State alone there are more than 30,000 homeless children and for these kids getting their homework done is the least of their problems. Now a unique program out of Tacoma is trying to help those kids do better in school, one family at a time.

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Lane Community College
12:13 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Lane Community College Plans to Raise Tuition

Mary Spilde is President of Lane Community College.
Credit Lane Community College

Lane Community College will raise tuition but has avoided lay-offs to cope with its financial shortfall. The LCC Budget Committee passed a spending plan Thursday night.

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Eugene 4J
3:00 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

4J Seeks Input on Plans For New Roosevelt Middle School

Roosevelt Middle School in South Eugene.
Credit Eugene 4J School District

The public is invited to participate in designing a new Middle School in South Eugene. Voters approved a bond measure last spring to pay for improvements in the 4J district. There's a public meeting Tuesday at Roosevelt Middle School.

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University of Oregon
1:29 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Graduate Teaching Fellows Hold "Work-In"

Graduate student fellows study in the lobby of Johnson Hall.
Credit Karen Richards

Graduate student teachers at the U of O have been in contract negotiations since late 2013. Today (Friday), the group held a "work-in" on campus to bring attention to their still un-met demands.

Fifteen hundred Graduate Teaching Fellows and Research Assistants work at the U of O. After the most recent bargaining session failed, their union, the GTFF, voted to authorize a strike. PhD student John LaRochelle has been on the bargaining team. Today he's studying quietly with 15 or 20 other students in the administration building:

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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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