Oregon students perform well academically, but the high school graduation rate is poor. Colt Gill, the governor's new Education Innovation Officer is tasked with finding out why, and coming up with solutions. Gill spoke Thursday at a League of Women Voters lunch.
School leaders want to hear from all Oregonians about their hopes and dreams for education in the state. Wednesday, Eugene 4J, Bethel and Springfield schools are holding a community meeting as part of Oregon Rising.
A program in Lane County that helps children get ready to be in school got a big infusion of federal money this fall. The Kids in Transition to School program started years ago in Eugene / Springfield and is poised to go county-wide.
Four Lane County school superintendents will discuss their plans for social studies, civics, government, and community projects in their districts. The September 11 Friday Forum will also give City Club members and guests an opportunity to become acquainted with the new 4J superintendent and Springfield’s recently appointed interim superintendent.
As students at Oregon's K - 12 public schools head back to class Eugene's Bethel School District is celebrating. This year, kids at Malabon and Fairfield Elementary Schools are in new buildings, and Willamette High School has a new Science building. All funded by voter passed bonds.
That's a combination of make up days for last month's snowstorm and a better budget outlook. The district is adding the 5 days back the week following spring break. That week in April had been scheduled as Budget Reduction Days. Bethel Superintendent Colt Gill says the district surveyed students, parents and staff.