Education

Health
6:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

New Law Requires Vision Screening For Children

Lions Club Mobile Screening Truck

A new Oregon law requires all students under the age of seven to complete a vision screening before entering into a new school.

Springfield school district is looking at enrolling between 800 and 1000 new kindergarteners in a little more than a month. According to spokesperson Devon Ashbridge, they will all have to go through a vision screening.

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City Club of Eugene
6:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

What Is The OEIB Up To?

Meeting Date: June 27th, 2014

Air Date: June 30th, 2014 

Dr. Nancy Golden, the former superintendent of the Springfield School District and now Chief Education Officer, will explain how Governor Kitzhaber’s education plan (referred to as 40-40-20-plan) will impact student achievement in Oregon.

The Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB) is dedicated to building a student-centric system that links all segments of the educational experience together to ensure each student is poised for a promising future.

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Oregon State University
9:30 am
Sun June 22, 2014

OSU To Offer MOOC Class This Fall

Credit oregonstate.edu

Oregon State University is poised to launch its first Massive, Open Online Course, or MOOC. The popularity of the free and credit-less classes have risen in recent years.

The eight-week course is called "Supporting English Language Learners under New Standards." It's targeted to K-12 educators. OSU Assistant Professor Karen Thompson says the course is designed to help implement the new Common Core Standards States are required to adopt. She says it's doubtful MOOC's will replace or threaten traditional education.

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Education
6:00 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Steve Boynton Prepares to Assume Lincoln County Superintendency

Superintendent Steve Boynton
Credit news.kyaq.org

Steve Boynton, 40, will assume the superintendency of the Lincoln County Schools July 1st. He's been superintendent of the Arlington School District, east of the Dalles, for four years. Boynton replaces Tom Rinearson in a district that spans 55 miles of the Oregon coast.

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Early Education
1:16 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Governor Tours Eugene Preschool

Governor Kitzhaber helps children in the garden at Friendship Preschool in Eugene.
Credit 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.

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Education
10:37 am
Mon April 21, 2014

LCC Grapples With Budget Woes

The Student Services Building on LCC's main campus.
Credit Lane Community College

Lane Community College may have to lay off part time and even full time employees if its enrollment continues to decline.

The college experienced a surge in enrollment during the recession, but that's dropped off as the economy has improved.
Lane saw a 40 percent boost in enrollment from 2008 to 2012 as people who had lost their jobs went to school for technical training. LCC president Mary Spilde says as state funding for higher education has dwindled; the college is more dependent on tuition.

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Watershed Health
12:12 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Florence STEP Part 2: Conservation Group Expands Education Program In Response To Coho Loss

Siuslaw Elementary student learns about ecology on field trip to Florence STEP's Whiteaker Creek fish trap.
Dolly Greene

After losing nearly 10,000 newly-hatched Coho Salmon in February, a volunteer-run fish hatchery in Florence is regrouping.  While the loss accounted for all of this year’s hatchery Coho in the Siuslaw basin, the number represents less than 1% of the total Coho returns for the river.  

Yesterday we heard about the hatchery loss. Today KLCC’s Jes Burns reports on what the volunteers are doing to keep it from happening again.

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Fern Ridge Superintendency
6:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Dr. Sally Storm Named to Head Fern Ridge School District

Dr. Sally J. Storm
Credit www.mckenzie.k12.or.us

Dr. Sally J. Storm is superintendent of the 230-student McKenzie School District 40 miles east of Eugene/Springfield.  On March 31st, she was appointed superintendent of the 1,500-student Fern Ridge School District, serving  Elmira, Veneta, Noti and Walton.  Dr.  Storm will succeed  current superintendent Dennis Friedrich.  She speaks with KLCC's Claude Offenbacher

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Health
7:52 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Benton County Ranks Healthiest In Oregon

New rankings say the healthiest people in Oregon live in Benton County. The annual report is from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It measures factors such as education, income, tobacco use and quality of life.

Charlie Fautin is the Deputy Director of the Benton County Health Department. He says it's great to rank first in the state, but there are plenty of people in Benton County who are not doing as well as they could.

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Standardized Tests
6:54 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Can A Test Measure Critical Thinking? Schools Hope To Find Out

Students take a quiz in Eric Miller's eighth grade algebra class at Lakes Magnet Middle School in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Credit Jessica Robinson

Northwest parents of school-aged children have a new acronym to learn: The SBAC. That's the new standardized test that's set to replace current state math and language arts tests in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. It's billed as the “next generation” of assessment – a test that hopes to capture students' abilities with more depth than traditional standardized tests. But, some critics say the new test runs into the same old problems.

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