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Like a good Boy Scout, parents should be prepared: Educators agree that doing your homework can make a big difference. Here's expert advice on how to ace your next parent-teacher conference.

Portland, Eugene Come In As Oregon's Top Educated Cities

OPB | Sept. 16, 2014 noon

The results are in and a majority of the state's smartypants are moving to and living in Portland and Eugene.

Booming Hermiston School Enrollment Means Longer Bus Rides For Some Students

OPB | Sept. 15, 2014 10:48 a.m.

Sitting still for any amount of time can be a struggle for little kids, but some students in Hermiston have to spend up to two hours a day on the school's buses as part of the district's temporary solution to deal with a booming population.

OHSU Graduates' Starting Salary Amoung Highest In U.S.

OPB | Sept. 11, 2014 8:06 a.m.

Military and tech school graduates tend to go on to high paying salaries in the early years of their careers. And the Beaver State's own Oregon Health & Science University comes in at No. 8 on a new list of schools. 

Test Results Show Persistent Gap Between White And Minority Students

OPB | Sept. 10, 2014 12:15 a.m.

Test results show Oregon students did roughly the same last year as they did the year before. But one consistent trend, statewide, is a persistent achievement gap between white and minority students.

USDA Report: 15 Percent Of Oregon Families 'Food Insecure' In 2013

OPB | Sept. 04, 2014 11:41 a.m.

This week the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its latest report about food security, and Oregon is one of many states still struggling with hunger.

President, Photographer, Police Officer, Dad: What Kids In The Class Of 2025 Want To Be When They Grow Up

OPB | June 24, 2014 11:06 a.m.

Members of the Class of 2025 tell OPB what they want to be when they grow up.

Calif. School District Will Get Rid Of Controversial Armored Vehicle

NPR |Sept. 20, 2014 11:17 a.m.

San Diego officials had said the 18-ton MRAP would be used only as a rescue vehicle, in extreme circumstances — but that didn't satisfy the plan's critics.

Q&A: Why Teaching Music Matters

NPR |Sept. 20, 2014 11:07 a.m.

From homeless parent to Ph.D., Margaret Martin has always believed in the power of music. She founded Harmony Project, which puts instruments into the hands of kids from L.A.'s toughest neighborhoods.

Harmony Project Offers More Than Just Music In LA

NPR |Sept. 20, 2014 11:05 a.m.

With public schools across the country cutting music instruction to save money, the Harmony Project in Los Angeles is trying to make up the difference. The nonprofit offers free music lessons to kids.

Register-Guard: UO Donors Give $10 Million Toward Career Center

Register Guard |Sept. 19, 2014 3:40 p.m.

A prominent pair of Eugene philanthropists, who made their money in cable TV, will give $10 million toward the cost of a planned 50,000-square-foot building.

White House Announces Campaign Against Campus Sexual Assault

NPR |Sept. 19, 2014 11:29 a.m.

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden launch the "It's On Us" campaign aimed at preventing attacks on university and college campuses.

Debate: Should Schools Embrace The Common Core?

NPR |Sept. 19, 2014 11:10 a.m.

The Common Core has arguably become the most contentious issue in American education. Experts face off over the new state standards in the latest Intelligence Squared debate.

Q&A: A View Of The Common Core From The Principal's Office

NPR |Sept. 19, 2014 6:14 a.m.

Principals are usually pretty mild-mannered. Not so if the topic of conversation is the Common Core. A group of school leaders share their take on new standards, old problems and bad teaching.

Chalkboard Report Aimed At School Leaders

OPB |Sept. 17, 2014 8:36 p.m.

A non-profit Oregon education group has released a new set of recommendations aimed at improving the quality of administrators in the state’s schools.

These People Can Make Student Loans Disappear

NPR |Sept. 17, 2014 9:54 a.m.

A group called Rolling Jubilee has "abolished" more than $3 million in private student loans from the for-profit Corinthian Colleges. And they're just getting started.

'A' Is For Apps: Teachers Share Top Digital Tools Of The Trade

NPR |Sept. 17, 2014 6:06 a.m.

From helping students be on their best behavior to taking history lessons to the Twitterverse, teachers are using a range of apps — many of them free — to harness mobile technology in the classroom.

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