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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.

Rachael McDonald

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.

Rachael McDonald

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:

Lane Community College

President Barack Obama announced Friday he plans on proposing free education at community colleges for the first two years. The President spoke on Air Force One and later posted to Facebook as part of a preview for his upcoming State of the Union Address.

Obama: "It's something that we can accomplish, and it's something that'll train our workforce so that we can compete with anybody in the world."

Karen Richards

The expanded U of O Student Recreation Center had its grand opening today. It includes 110,000 square feet of new space, including pools, studios, and gyms.

On day one, the shiny, new high tech spaces are already bustling with activity. Kevin Marbury is the Director of Physical Education at the U of O. He says the construction has been smooth, on budget and on time.

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The Springfield School District is seeking input on the new Hamlin Middle School. It’s been 20 years since the district replaced a middle school, and its education specifications need to be updated before starting the design process. The new middle school is scheduled to open in fall, 2017. Public forums take place Tuesday and Wednesday at two times and locations. For details, visit the Springfield Public Schools website here.

The forums are scheduled:

The Eugene 4J School District has begun its search for a new superintendent. Dr. Sheldon Berman is leaving the job in June. As a first step, the school board wants to create a profile of the ideal candidate. Kerry Delf is the Communications Coordinator for the district:

Delf: “As with the last time we were seeking a new superintendent, the school board has hired an executive search firm to help conduct that process. This is a nationwide search. The school board will be looking at any local and regional candidates as well as anybody who applies from across the nation.”

Eugene 4J School District

The Eugene 4J School District and the YMCA appear to have found common ground this week in efforts to relocate the recreational facility. They’ve agreed to tentative terms for the “Y” to purchase land at 24th and Hilyard.

The proposal would give the Eugene Family YMCA the option to purchase the Roosevelt Middle School property for 2.85 million dollars. That’s nearly double the Y’s September offer of 1.5 million. Dave Perez, the YMCA’s Executive Director, says he’s confident the nonprofit will be able to raise the money:

Mark Lewis, UO Professor, Storyteller Dies

Dec 10, 2014
University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication

University of Oregon School of Journalism professor Mark Lewis has died. He was well known for his storytelling and voiceover work.

Professor Lewis died from a pulmonary embolism on Dec. 7. He came to the U of O in 2012. Lewis taught a presentation workshop class inspiring students to be creative storytellers. Julie Newton, interim Edwin L. Artzt Dean at the Journalism school says he was a key colleague and a kind, joyous individual.

Rachael McDonald

The Graduate Teaching Fellows at the University of Oregon called off their strike Wednesday after reaching a tentative agreement with administration. Bargaining teams worked through the night.  The GTFs were on strike for 8 days.

Jes Burns

Amidst the ongoing Graduate Teaching Fellows strike at the University of Oregon, faculty is bristling over threats to its academic authority from the recently formed U of O Board of Trustees.

The University Senate Executive Committee held an emergency meeting Monday. There's concern the Board of Trustees was given sweeping powers by the state legislature.

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