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Desmond O'Boyle

Solar powered cars? There may be problems driving at night, but during a perfectly sunny day in Eugene Saturday, middle school-ers tried their models out during the annual Solar Challenge.

The competition held at Cal Young Middle School, is sponsored by the Eugene Water and Electric Board and featured about 250 students. Cars were entered into four categories: Speed racing, a hill climb, and art and science concept cars. Tim Whitley is EWEB's grant coordinator. He says the project increases awareness of alternative energy and gives kids a hands-on opportunity.

The Seed Collaborative

Students around the Northwest go to school every day in portable classrooms. These classrooms are an affordable solution to budget-strapped districts that need more space.

But they can be bad for student health and performance. That’s why some districts are moving away from portable classrooms. One district in Spokane has found a solution.

Courtney Flatt brings us part 2 of our special series "Inside the Box".

Walking into the new Jefferson Elementary School is like walking into a model home. Everything looks tidy.

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Thousands of students in Washington and Oregon go to school in what are known as “portable classrooms”.

These temporary structures were a quick solution to the problem of growing population and lack of funding for school facilities in parts of the Northwest.

But many of these “temporary” structures are still around. They’re not environmentally friendly or healthy places for students to learn.
 

From the outside, Billie Lane’s classroom looks like a trailer home, standing in the parking lot behind the Kalles Jr. High school in Puyallup.

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.  
 

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