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Fire Recovery | Oregon Rohingya Muslims | Free School Lunches

OPB | Broadcast: Sept. 11, 2017

What does it take for forests to recover from wildfire? Should school lunches be free? Also, we hear from members of Oregon's community of Rohingya Muslim immigrants and refugees.

Sexual Misconduct At PPS | Housing Foster Youth | Lead In Water | Breast Cancer Tattoos

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 30, 2017

We discuss The Oregonian/OregonLive's reporting about sexual misconduct at Portland Public Schools, efforts to address housing for Oregon's foster youth, and the issue of lead in Portland houses. We also hear from a tattoo artist who works with breast-cancer survivors. 

News Roundtable | Obesity And Prejudice | Teen Pregnancy Prevention

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 11, 2017

Heavy Asian-Americans are more likely to be perceived as "American." Also, what was being taught in a teen pregnancy prevention program whose federal funding has been cut? And the news of the week.

News Roundtable | Psychologists & Prescriptions | PPS Superintendent

OPB | Broadcast: July 14, 2017

We discuss whether psychologists should be allowed to prescribe drugs, and hear from Portland Public Schools' board chair about their ongoing superintendent search. Also, our news roundtable takes up the week's big headlines.

News Roundtable | Comedian Matt Braunger

OPB | Broadcast: May 5, 2017

We discuss some of the biggest stories of the week, then we catch up with Portland-raised comedian Matt Braunger.

Portland-Area High Schools Respond To Hate Speech

OPB | Broadcast: March 10, 2017

Two Portland-area principals say the incidents on their campuses require thoughtful responses that both ensure safety of students and avoid giving too much attention to racist and homophobic threats.

The Lives Of Teachers

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 27, 2016

We spend the hour learning about the lives of two Oregon teachers.

Nicholson Baker And Michael Copperman: Teaching In Public Schools

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 25, 2016

Authors Nicholson Baker and Michael Copperman speak about their new books detailing their experiences teaching in American public schools.

New PPS Superintendent | Foster Care Failures

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 29, 2016

On the first day of school in Portland, we talk to the new superintendent of PPS. We also hear some personal stories of trauma in Oregon's foster care system.

PPS Update | Oregon Air Quality | Portland State University Overview | Taxes

OPB | Broadcast: June 1, 2016

We get an update on the controversy over lead in the water at Portland Public Schools. The Department of Environmental Quality joins us to discuss air quality monitoring. We also check in with the President of Portland State University, and learn about what could be the most contentious issue on Oregon's November ballot.

Vancouver Schools Chief Named Superintendent Of The Year

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 1, 2015

Steven Webb has been superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools since 2008.

How Do Smaller School Districts Attract Teachers?

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 24, 2015

Smaller school districts are trying to find ways to attract new teachers in a job market where not enough candidates are applying to fill positions.

Portland Public Schools Proposes Boundary Changes That Could Affect Thousands Of Students

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 3, 2015

Parents with kids in Portland Public Schools are reacting to proposals aimed at balancing enrollment and increasing equity across the district.

Kelso Teachers Defy Judge Ordering Them Back to Work

OPB | Broadcast: Sept. 22, 2015

Kelso teachers voted to defy a court order that would have sent them back to work today.

Testing Data Highlight Inequities Among Oregon Schools

OPB | Broadcast: Sept. 18, 2015

Standardized test results released Thursday show persistent disparities among Oregon students based on income and race.

Boundary Changes Coming To Portland Schools

OPB | Broadcast: Sept. 8, 2015

Portland Public Schools is in the process of redrawing the district's boundary lines, which could dramatically alter demographics at some schools.

Rosa Parks Elementary Enters Year 2 Of Year-Round Pilot Program

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 24, 2015

Administrators hope that a year-round calendar will boost students' academic performance by keeping them engaged throughout the year.

Ridgefield School Bus Driver Shares 46 Years Of Memories

OPB | Broadcast: June 24, 2015

Beverly Summerhill recently retired after a long career as a school bus driver for the Ridgefield School District in Washington.

Portland May Need to Re-Open Closed Schools

OPB | Broadcast: June 3, 2015

Over ten years ago, Portland Public Schools shut down nearly twenty schools due to low enrollment. Now enrollment is up, and PPS must find a way to avoid overcrowding.

What's On May Ballots Around Oregon

OPB | Broadcast: May 12, 2015

On May 19, voters will weigh in on school board elections, bond measures, and public safety funding.