Education

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Karen Richards

Construction trucks are at work on the site of the new Roosevelt Middle School in South Eugene. Current sixth graders should be able to start eighth grade on the new campus.

Bonds approved in 2013 funded the rebuilding of four aging Eugene schools. Superintendent Shelley Berman says the recent groundbreaking is an exciting moment:

Berman: “We’re moving ahead in a very rapid way around Roosevelt. We hope that we’ll get it open in fall of 2016. I know that they’re beginning to move dirt and will be setting the foundation fairly soon.”

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At a special meeting Thursday night the Springfield School Board formally selected Assistant Superintendent Sue Reike-Smith to be the district's Acting Superintendent. She will take over for Hertica Martin who announced her resignation Monday.

Reike-Smith says besides the contractual duties of a superintendent, she plans to keep doing what she always does, visit schools and interface with teachers and students. The focus of her new role is on the last ten weeks of school.

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The search is over. The board of trustees voted today to name the 18th President of the University of Oregon.

Michael H. Schill has been chosen as the next U of O President. Schill is currently Dean at the University of Chicago-Law School.

Schill is a first generation college graduate--he attended Princeton.  Calling public universities “gems,” Schill says he’s proud and excited to be a Duck.

“This is an opportunity to take a great school, a proud school, an exciting school and move it forward. This is an absolutely pivotal moment for this university.”

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We continue "Testing 1-2-3" today - OPB's occasional series on standardized testing in Oregon. Some younger students are already taking new the new federally-mandated tests. High schoolers will take them soon. There are questions about the time these Common Core tests will take.

An American flag, a University of Oregon banner, and posters with literary terms hang in the front of David Wilkinson's room at Beaverton's Westview High.... a typical English class. Wilkinson is leading his 11th graders through a college admissions essay.

City of Redmond

The University of Oregon's Sustainable City Year Program is moving east of the Cascades for the first time in its six year history.

The program brings together UO students and faculty with members of a different Oregon city each year. Redmond has been selected and will benefit from more than 40,000 hours of student work aimed at improving sustainability, infrastructure and livability. Redmond's Community Development Director Heather Richards says they're getting started April 8 with a bicycle tour of existing infrastructure.

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About forty percent of the children eligible for head start programs in Lane County can’t get in. Today (Tuesday), Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley visited a head start center in Eugene. While there, he criticized cuts to early childhood education in a recent U.S. senate budget.

At the Whiteaker Head Start Center a classroom of pre-kindergarteners welcome Senator Merkley with a song.

(kids and teacher sing:”Mr. Merkley’s here today! We’ll all clap our hands because Mr. Merkley’s here today!”)

Then, he sits in a little chair with a classic children’s book.

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Anya Kamenetz, who writes about education for NPR and is the author of several books on education, says parents are losing patience with standardized testing.

She'll present April 1st at 7 p.m. at Tsunami Books in Eugene on this and other educational topic.

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Bethel School District

In a letter to state legislators from Lane County, local school superintendents say the K-12 budget proposed for the next two years is "woefully inadequate".  The $7.3 billion spending plan is headed for votes in the full House and Senate, likely next week.

Colt Gill is superintendent of Bethel School District in Eugene. He says the district is preparing to offer state-mandated full-day kindergarten in September. It's also trying to keep up with rising costs of maintaining the district's services.

Two of the University of Oregon’s six library archivists are without their jobs following the release of thousands of presidential documents to a professor.

James Fox and Kira Homo were put on paid administrative leave in January. According to the administration they were responsible for the un-processed handoff of over 20,000 pages of correspondence.

In a statement, spokesman Tobin Klinger says Homo resigned her position and Fox will not return to his job, nor will his contract be renewed.

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Oregon’s Farm to School and School Garden programs may get a boost next school year. A bill to increase funding by over four million dollars passed through a legislative committee last week.

Lawmakers heard from 12 stakeholders of farm to school programs. They passed the bill unanimously to the Ways and Means committee, which will now decide the level of funding. Megan Kemple is with the Farm to School Network. She says the bill will allow all school districts in Oregon to participate through a non-competitive process:

Eugene 4J School District

Eugene 4J has a new superintendent… almost. Now that the school board has formally offered Dr. Gustavo Balderas the job-- all they’re waiting for is his signature. And that is expected soon.

Eugene school board chair Jim Torrey says Balderas is a genuine and accessible manager. And he comes with a compelling life story.

Torrey: “His parents were migrant workers. He was actually born in the state of Washington, lived there a couple months, then his family moved over to Nyssa, Oregon. And he didn’t speak English until he started grade school.”

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The Eugene 4J School Board voted unanimously Wednesday to hire Doctor Gustavo Balderas as new superintendent.

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The University of Oregon's possible violation of a student's privacy when it accessed her therapy records has garnered national attention. This week Oregon's Congressional Delegation got involved.

An education administrator with strong Oregon ties is the top choice to become Eugene's next school superintendent. The Eugene School Board Thursday named Dr. Gustavo Balderas as the person they want to lead the district after Superintendent Shelly Berman leaves at the end of the academic year.

Recorded on: March 6th, 2015

Air Date: March 9th, 2015

The City Club of Eugene has long recognized the important function of debate in our community. The vigorous clash of ideas is central to our cultural identity. Our great local hero Wayne Morse was a renowned debater.

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Nuclear Forensics can be described as the investigation of materials to find evidence of the source, trafficking, and enrichment of nuclear material. Oregon State University is now offering a new graduate student training initiative as an expanded part of its Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics Department. OSU Assistant Professor of Research Camille Palmer says the Introduction to Nuclear Forensics course will allow students to actually test samples of material.

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This is "National School Breakfast Week." In Oregon, advocates are using it to urge lawmakers to let more schools serve breakfast after the morning bell rings.

The Eugene 4J School Board has chosen three finalists to be the next superintendent. [includes photos]

School board members had a busy weekend, interviewing seven candidates. They selected three finalists, all of whom have ties to Oregon and currently hold superintendent positions. Jennifer Geller is the school board member chairing the search:

Corvallis Schools

Oregon spends Cadillac prices to teach English Language Learners in its public schools, but only gets Chevy results.  That's because the formula for spending more than 200-million-dollars a year on tens of thousands of students provides an incentive to keep kids in E.L.L. as long as possible. E.L.L. was formerly known as E.S.L.  The Oregon Department of Education is now proposing to make some major reforms. 

When she was in elementary school, this was about the extent of Stephanie Castañeda's Spanish:

"Hola...adios."

Recorded on: February 20, 2015

Air Date: February 23, 2015

About 500 students, alumni and faculty rallied on the capitol steps in Salem today (Thursday). They're calling for higher education funding.

Representatives from Oregon's 17 community colleges and seven public universities want legislators to hear their plea for greater investments in tuition funding.

Lane community college student leader Tyler Dorris spoke with KLCC's Tiffany Eckert from the rally in Salem.

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The search for a new University of Oregon president has collected 250 nominations so far. The deadline for applicants is March 9th.

OSU And Intel Collaborate On Cyber Security Course

Feb 6, 2015
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As more information is being transferred and stored on the Internet, cybersecurity is emerging as a highly sought after employment field. The demand has led to collaboration between Oregon State University and Intel Security through a course that trains cyber security professionals. The class titled, "Defense Against the Dark Art" offers hands-on experience on topics such as malware, software vulnerabilities, and mobile device security. OSU Professor Terri Feiz says in a short time, cyber attacks have grown from a few hundred, to millions worldwide.

Oregon's public high school on-time graduation rates went up 3.3 percent in 2014 from the previous year. Eugene's 4J school district reports an 8 percent boost in the statewide survey released Thursday.

The state has changed the way it calculates graduation rates which may account for some of the improvement. Kerry Delf with Eugene 4J says the district also made progress in closing the achievement gap:

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The University of Oregon says 22,000 pages of archived documents that were released illegally have been returned.

Tuesday evening state education leaders visited Eugene to hear thoughts from parents and teachers on the new Smarter Balanced standardized tests.

Tensions were high at North Eugene High School as many teachers from around the region spoke out against using the Common Core state testing standards in their classrooms.

The Smarter Balanced tests are conducted on computers. This is one concern of Looking Glass Riverfront School teacher Laura Farrelly.

Why The UO Wants Those Documents Back

Jan 27, 2015
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An unnamed professor was able to procure 22,000 pages of documents from the University of Oregon Archives earlier this month. The administration is demanding those documents back citing privacy concerns. It's place 2 archivists on leave. KLCC's Tripp Sommer talks with Register-Guard Higher Education reporter Diane Dietz.

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The University of Oregon is being tight-lipped about the recent release of 22,000 pages of documents it says were checked out illegally to an unnamed library patron.

Tobin Klinger, University spokesman, says the administration is in contact with the patron and wants the documents returned. Two people are on paid leave, but Klinger would not confirm whether they are librarians or even work at the library.

Eugene School District 4J is offering parents and students ways to help choose which school to attend next year.

4J has a long-standing system of allowing families to apply for enrollment in schools outside their neighborhood. Spokeswoman Kerry Delf explains.

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Arnold Ismach, former Dean of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, died Wednesday.

Dean from 1985 to 1994, Ismach continued teaching until 2000. Duncan McDonald is Professor Emeritus at the school, and succeeded Ismach as Dean. He says Ismach took over the School of Journalism at a challenging time and with a limited budget:

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