Education

Education

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…"

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.  
 

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.

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.

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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