Keep It Brief, Commencement Speakers! No One Will Remember Anyway

Former college President Hal Wilde has endured dozens of graduation ceremonies. He says procuring the speaker was one of his most annoying tasks. And for what? Students rarely remember the message.

The Coos Bay World: High-Tech Forestry Industry Itching For College Grads

The World | April 10, 2014 1 p.m.

Forestry technology is advancing as career foresters are retiring, creating a void for local wood products companies.

News Blog: Idaho School District To Remove Sherman Alexie Novel From Curriculum

OPB | April 03, 2014 9:15 a.m.

An Idaho school district will remove Sherman Alexie’s novel and semi-memoir The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian from its cultural diversity curriculum.

KTVZ: Lanning Out; COCC President Search Starts Over

KTVZ | April 09, 2014 6:38 p.m.

Faced with "unanswered questions" about its top pick, the Central Oregon Community College Board decided Wednesday to halt the process of choosing a new president and, in essence, start over.

Happy Sounds Of Music Echo From Divisive Arts Tax

OPB | April 03, 2014 6:30 a.m.

Though Portland's arts tax has been battered by lawsuits, city council revisions and confusion, practically since it passed, money from the tax has begun flowing into area schools.

Portland Superintendent Presents $534 Million 'No Cut' School Budget

OPB | March 31, 2014 7:02 p.m.

A bump in state funding and stable funding elsewhere helped Portland Superintendent Carole Smith present a no-cuts budget Monday night in Oregon's largest school district.

Bend Residents Voice Concern Over Future OSU Campus Location

OPB | March 21, 2014 4:14 p.m.

Many Bend residents are voicing concerns about Oregon State University's decision to build a new four-year campus on Bend's westside.

State Officials Find Portland High Schools' Schedule Falls Short

OPB | March 13, 2014 3:57 p.m.

Oregon education officials ruled Thursday that the high school schedule at Portland Public Schools doesn't meet minimum rules for class time.

How One Michigan City Is Sending Kids To College Tuition-Free

NPR | April 16, 2014 5 a.m.

In 2005, a group of anonymous donors in Kalamazoo launched a bold program. It pays for graduates of the city's public schools to attend any of Michigan's public universities or community colleges.

Portland Math Teacher Receives Milken Educator Award

OPB | April 15, 2014 4:18 p.m.

A sixth-grade Portland math teacher received a $25,000 Milken Educator Award Tuesday. Teresa Chan Seidel teaches at Robert Gray Middle School.

1,800 Turn Up For Teacher Job Fair In Portland

OPB | April 15, 2014 12:36 p.m.

About 1,800 applicants were in Portland Tuesday, looking for teaching jobs at the Oregon Professional Educator Fair.

The Dangers Of Defaulting On Student Loans

NPR | April 14, 2014 9:35 a.m.

Loans allow many students to attend college, but they also leave graduates with big debt. The Urban Institute's Sandy Baum explains how skipping a loan payment could be more trouble than it's worth.

Register-Guard: University Seeks To Raise Fees Without Losing Students

The Register-Guard | April 12, 2014 8 p.m.

University of Oregon administrator Brad Shelton recently had to explain to the new UO Board of Trustees a delicate fact about university financing.

Making Math And Microscopes More Accessible

NPR | April 12, 2014 3:44 p.m.

From popularizing a feared subject to scaling down high-tech tools, here are two examples of experts solving complicated problems with simplicity.

School Lunch: Any Chicken In Those 'Food-Like Nubbins'?

NPR | April 12, 2014 10:26 a.m.

It took a Freedom of Information Act to get the Chicago Public Schools to disclose what's in the chicken nuggets they serve in their cafeterias. NPR's Scott Simon reveals the chemical contents.

Bus Crash Tragedy: Investigators Work As Communities Mourn

NPR | April 12, 2014 9:32 a.m.

Investigators don't yet know what caused a deadly highway crash that killed 10 people Thursday after a FedEx truck hit a bus that was taking teenagers to tour a college campus in Northern California.

Pop Stars Are Sippin' On Patron, And Teens Are Bingeing

NPR | April 11, 2014 10:57 a.m.

If you know Ciroc and Patron, you may well be listening to a lot of songs that name-check brand-name alcohol. And if you're a teenager, you may be binge drinking a lot more, researchers say.

Paying Off Student Loans Puts A Dent In Wallets, And The Economy

NPR | April 11, 2014 6:38 a.m.

Repaying college debts prevents many Americans from investing in homes or retirement. The impact can add up — for individuals and the economy as a whole, a researcher says.

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