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News | local | Think Out LoudMay 11, 2016 3:22 p.m.
We talk to a transgender high school student about new guidelines from the Oregon Department of Education and we hear from the three candidates who are running for Secretary of State in the Democratic primary.
A bill in the Oregon Legislature would require school districts and the state Department of Education to report confirmed acts of bullying, including harassment and cyberbullying.
Members of Lincoln's Constitution team discuss civics education in light of a new poll suggesting Oregon voters are woefully lacking knowledge in the subject.
The View-Master made its international debut at the New York World's Fair in 1939. Though the rights to the View-Master have belonged to several different companies over the years, the device's concept remains the same: It enables users to see photographic images in color-saturated 3-D. The View-Master's inventor, Bavarian-born William B. Gruber, immigrated to Portland in 1924. He was a piano repairman and organ builder by trade, but a chance meeting at the Oregon Caves in 1938 quickly changed his career path. It was there that Gruber met Harold Graves, with whom he formed a partnership to manufacture the View-Master. They intended it to be used as an educational tool, for medical students and for those who wished to see flora and fauna from all over the world using the hand-held device. At present, the View-Master is primarily considered a children's toy and is owned by Fisher-Price. To celebrate the 75th year of the iconic viewer, a party will be held at its "birthplace" in Cave Junction, Oregon.
Our series of Summer Recess Conversations continues with a sit-down with Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, who represents Oregon's 1st district. Bonamici was elected to Congress in a special election in January, 2012. Since then, she's voted against efforts to change Obamacare and supported increases and changes to Medicaid reimbursements. She's joined with other members of the delegation to oppose commodity speculation that could hurt craft breweries and successfully proposed an amendment to keep 34 C-23 Sherpa aircraft for the Army National Guard in Oregon. She's supported an emphasis on science and art education, and she recently voted to pass a bipartisan plan to alleviate student loan interest rates. We'll talk with Suzanne Bonamici about the last congressional session and what she expects when Congress reconvenes next month.
A law passed in 2011 takes effect this school year and it's changing the way Oregon students will be graded from here on out. The law requires districts to measure students' performance based on state standards and to assign grades based on whether students are meeting, exceeding or falling short of those standards. The law says that grades must clearly distinguish between academic proficiency and behavior. The law does not specifically define "behavior." Many districts are interpreting it to include things like attendance, class participation and whether or not students turn in their homework on time. For districts like Forest Grove, this lines up with the way they've been grading students for years. But for other districts, such as Reynolds, it feels like a huge cultural shift.
Lawmakers in Salem closed the 2013 legislative session with a smattering of last-minute bills. One will increase fines for texting while driving, another will keep next year's state university tuition increase down a bit, and another still approved state and local bonds amounting to $1 billion. Also, landlords now can't deny rent because a potential renter receives Section 8 housing assistance. What didn't happen over the weekend was a renewal to pass either new taxes or PERS reform. There's a chance, however, that Governor John Kitzhaber will call a special session before the next regular one next February.
Oregon school districts are largely meeting goals related to mainstreaming special needs' students, but graduation rates are lagging.
Student debt has tripled, a shake-up in loan repayment, and states unveil new education plans.
Federal marshals aren't the only new faces at the U.S. Education Department, we report in our weekly roundup of education news. The other big story: New York State's plan for free college.
A push for better student data and more news of the week.
Our weekly education news roundup: Trump administration unveils its 2018 budget proposal; DeVos talks school choice in Indianapolis, then faces a grilling from lawmakers.
The White House is expected to ask for big cuts, push school choice and change student loan repayment. But presidents have rarely succeeded in cutting the Education Department budget.
Secretary DeVos announces the president's donation, a report on good jobs without a college degree, college tuition goes down and more education news.
The young Pakistani-born woman shot by the Taliban because she advocated for girls education is now headed for Oxford. Malala Yousafzai is also the youngest-ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize