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What's Working (and not) in Education

In the last few years, a number of Oregon educators have been recognized on the national stage, including a principal, a superintendent and a teacher. Cathy Carnahan is the principal at Duniway Middle School in McMinnville. She'll be receiving her Middle School Principal of the Year award this week in Washington D.C. Carnahan is credited with focusing on teacher development, helping struggling students improve and boosting overall student attendance and achievement during her time at the school. The last Oregon middle school principal to win the award was Patti Kinney, who was principal at Talent Middle School in southern Oregon when she was recognized in 2003. Krista Parent is the superintendent of the South Lane District in Oregon. In nominating her for the 2007 Superintendent of the Year award, University of Oregon professor Gerald Tindal hailed her as "an instructional leader of the highest caliber." The award also recognized her role in improving math, reading and writing among students in her district. She says she fought hard to avoid being just an administrator, and to stay connected to students and teachers. That, she says, is what the job is all about.

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Bilingual Education

University of Oregon professor Hector Tobar tells us about the role of bilingualism in public education.

Education | News | Teachers

Stuck at Square One: The Remedial Education Trap

When students go to college, they expect to be in college classes. But in fact, 4 in 10 students end up in basic math and English, re-learning what they were supposed to learn in high school. The vast majority of them never get a college degree. What’s going on? Most people point to failures in the nation’s K-12 education system, but this documentary probes deeper, exploring how students are placed into these classes, what skills people really need to be successful in college, and how best to learn those skills.

News | Think Out Loud

Junction City Hospital | Climate Change Lawsuit | Bilingual Education

We learn about bilingual education, the possible fate of the Junction City psychiatric facility and a climate-change lawsuit brought against the Obama administration.

NW Life | local | Arts

Physical Education Dance Collective At PNCA

Members of the Physical Education dance collective describe their residency program at PNCA.

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What's Next For Education Reform In Oregon?

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday that the state's chief education officer, Nancy Golden, is retiring.

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Princeton President Says Elite Higher Education Is Good Value

Chris Eisgruber is visiting Oregon, where he went to middle and high school, to meet with alumni and talk about the value of higher education.

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Oregon's Education Future

President Obama announced on Friday that states that agree to a certain set of rules can waive restrictions set by No Child Left Behind. States would need to set strong teacher evaluation standards, and have plans to rework under-performing schools in order to receiver the waiver. Ben Cannon, former teacher and Oregon legislator, is Governor Kitzhaber's new education policy adviser, and he's excited at the possibility of Oregon getting some leeway within No Child Left Behind. We'll check in with Cannon to see how the Governor and Department of Education will go about trying to waive the restrictions. We'll also hear what Cannon's broader ideas for Oregon's education system are, and how his experience as a teacher and legislator will affect his plans.

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What's Next for K-12 Education?

In this election voters in many Oregon counties had to decide whether to take money from their pockets to improve schools across the state. The results were mixed. In Portland the $548 million school bond to upgrade buildings failed by a slim margin while the less controversial levy passed. In Parkrose the bond to replace a middle school and improve others, passed by a slim margin. And in Eugene an income tax to pay for schools was defeated 64 to 36 percent. Today we'll explore what these results mean for education today — and in the future. Now that this election is over, and decisions have been made, what's next?

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Sex Education for College Students

Writer, educator and self-described feminist pornographer Tristan Taormino will speak to students at the University of Oregon and Oregon State University this week. Over the past few months, she's had an on-again, off-again relationship with OSU. In October 2010, she was invited to be the keynote speaker at the university's Modern Sex Conference, taking place this week. Last month, the university uninvited Taormino, citing her involvement in the pornography industry. Administrators argued that paying for Taormino to speak on campus would be an inappropriate use of taxpayer money.

When University of Oregon literature professor Jennifer Burns Levin caught wind of the original cancellation, she jumped at the opportunity to bring the writer and sex educator to the Eugene campus. The cost of Taormino's appearance at the University of Oregon will be paid for by a combination of student and public funds. In the past, Taormino has lectured at top colleges and universities including Yale, Cornell, Princeton, Brown, Columbia, Smith, Vassar, and New York University, about issues affecting sexuality and feminism.

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Education | local | News

$70 Million Of Education Initiatives Live On In Rudy Crew's Wake

Millions of dollars in targeted education spending that Oregon lawmakers approved this session will reach schools this school year. They're initiatives left behind by former education chief Rudy Crew.

local | News

Education Plays Key Role In Reducing Teen Pregnancies

Teen birthrates have declined nationwide according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. States with large Hispanic populations saw the greatest decline and Oregon seems to be following this trend.

Education | local

Rudy Crew Proposes New Education Programs, Funding Shift

Oregon's top education board considered a proposal Tuesday to shift how education is funded. The board is taking the proposal to meetings around the state this month.

Education | local

Critics Take Aim At Crew's Salary, Proposals At Education Hearing

Significant changes to education funding in Oregon are at the heart of hearings the state's Education Investment Board is holding across the state.

Education | local | Learning With Less

Learning With Less: Keeping The Spotlight On Education

A new superintendent talks about keeping the spotlight on education despite year after year of funding cuts.


Oregon's Education Chief Shares Goals For The State

Oregon's first chief education officer discusses how his performance should be graded.

local | Political Chat

Political Chat: Liquor Initiatives and Education Czar

Politics and hard liquor often go together.  Just ask Winston Churchill.  But closer to home and our own time, Washingtonians can buy liquor in supermarkets, beginning today.  The state supreme court narrowly approved a liquor privatization initiative yesterday. Can Oregon be far behind.


Education Scholar Encourages Innovation

It's spring break in Oregon, but the many of the state's teachers -- and the governor -- heard from one of the nation's pre-eminent education scholars Monday at an event sponsored by the Oregon Education Association. 

Education | local

Different Audiences, Reactions, For Education Secretary

The nation's top education official made two public appearances in Oregon Wednesday. At each event, Education Secretary Arne Duncan highlighted his approach to student achievement. His ideas got a different reception -- from very different audiences.

Education | local

Q&A: School's Out, But Kitzhaber's Education Plan Is Still Cramming For Tests

Oregon legislators are likely just days from adjournment. But much of Governor John Kitzhaber’s education agenda remains up in the air.

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