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PPS Middle School Proposal Draws Concern From Boundary Committee

OPB | June 6, 2017 5:39 p.m. | Portland

Portland Public Schools plans to open two middle schools on the east side. But after questions from a boundary committee, decisions are likely to wait until fall.

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Renewed Search For PPS Superintendent Shows School Board Divisions

OPB | June 2, 2017 4:38 p.m. | Portland

Thursday night brought seven sitting members of the Portland Public Schools board, together with the three new members elected last month to discuss the key job of hiring a new superintendent.

Think Out Loud

REBROADCAST: Class Of 2025 In First Grade

OPB | June 1, 2017 noon

While we're out in the field recording a show at Earl Boyles Elementary in East Portland, we listen back to a show recorded in 2014 at the same school with some of the same kids.

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Growing Grass-Roots Movements Confront School Sexual Assaults

AP | May 30, 2017 10:27 a.m. | Forest Grove, Oregon

A pair of Oregon school districts were intent on identifying warning signs that students might be contemplating a campus shooting when they stumbled onto a threat far more pervasive yet much less discussed — sexual aggression among classmates.

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New Board Members Lead PPS Superintendent Search 2.0

OPB | May 23, 2017 3:34 p.m. | Portland

Newly elected board members Scott Bailey, Julia Brim-Edwards and Rita Moore will comprise a majority of the superintendent search task force.

Education | Nation | News | Politics

Why It's So Hard To Know Whether School Choice Is Working

NPR | May 21, 2017 3:29 a.m.

It's hard to know how schools of choice — charter or private — are performing. Researchers say that's precisely because they are schools of choice. But here's what we do know.

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District Won't Release Final Report On Withdrawn PPS Superintendent Finalist

OPB | May 19, 2017 2:03 p.m. | Portland

Portland Public Schools said Friday it will not release the final background report on the superintendent finalist that fell through.

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Yoncalla School Bond Narrowly Fails

The Roseburg News Review | May 17, 2017 7:37 a.m. | Yoncalla, Oregon

The district was to use these funds to fix and replace water lines to mitigate flooding, update computer equipment, and make energy improvements to the heating, ventilation and electricity systems.

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Bend-La Pine's $268 Million School Bond Passes

OPB | May 16, 2017 11:12 a.m.

School district leaders say the money is needed for 159 projects that will take four years to complete. That includes a new elementary school and a new high school.

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The Promise And Peril Of School Vouchers

NPR | May 15, 2017 5:29 a.m.

Indiana's private school voucher program is the largest of its kind in the U.S. Whether it's "social justice" or "an assault" on public schools depends on whom you ask.

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With May Ballot Deadline Approaching, Oregonians Vote On Key Measures

OPB | May 13, 2017 3:42 p.m. | Portland

Tuesday, May 16 is the last day for Oregonians to consider a range of key measures on their local ballots.

Education | local | News | Environment

Pendleton Outdoor School Carries On Despite Budget Woes In Recent Years

East Oregonian | May 12, 2017 11:38 a.m. | Pendleton, Oregon

Pendleton is home to eastern Oregon's longest continuously run outdoor school, despite facing elimination at least three times.

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Still No Budget Deal Halfway Through Washington's Special Session

Northwest News Network | May 9, 2017 2:42 p.m.

The halfway mark has come and gone in Washington’s 30-day special session of the legislature. But there’s still no deal on a budget or a school funding solution.

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News Roundtable | Comedian Matt Braunger

OPB | May 5, 2017 noon

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

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PPS' Pick For Superintendent Turns Down The Job

OPB | May 4, 2017 2:40 p.m. | Portland

Atlanta school administrator Donyall Dickey has turned down an offer to lead Portland Public Schools, a blow to the district as it seeks voter approval of a $790 million bond.

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Oregon's Plan For High Schools: No State Tests, 90 Percent Graduation

OPB | May 3, 2017 10:51 a.m. | Portland

Oregon's federally required plan would drop the state test in high school and work toward a 90 percent graduation goal by 2025.

Education | Communities | Forestry | Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Rural School Sees Education Gold In Abandoned Hatchery

OPB/EarthFix | May 2, 2017 6:45 p.m. | Butte Falls, Oregon

Butte Falls Charter School is hoping to turn a shuttered trout and salmon hatchery into a natural resource education center.

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Portland Public Schools Give Preview Of Remodeled Franklin High School

OPB | May 2, 2017 4:50 p.m. | Portland

Portland Public Schools gave a preview Tuesday of what its modernized schools look like. The tour came just before voters decide on a large bond later this month. 

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Bend-La Pine Voters Weigh $268 Million School Bond

OPB | May 1, 2017 1:30 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

This month, central Oregon voters will decide on a $268 million bond for the Bend-La Pine School District. It’s a record-breaking request from the district.

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'OPB Politics Now': Is There Any Money For Schools?

OPB | April 27, 2017 1:10 p.m.

Voters across the state are being asked to devote millions in new money for Oregon schools, while lawmakers try to come up with more education funding.