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Finding Solutions: Arts Education

The next in our Finding Solutions series explores arts in education. Watch the Oregon Art Beat special "Teaching Creativity: Is Art the Answer?" on OPB TV Thursday May 27th at 8 pm, or check out the video and a collection of art resources here on the web anytime. Then continue the conversation with Think Out Loud. Public schools in Oregon — and the rest of the nation — have been dealing with shrinking budgets and the simultaneous burden of focusing on government-mandated testing. Many schools have had little choice over time but to cut back or eliminate classes in visual art, music, theatre and dance. Arts education advocates say art is not just extra budget fat, but an integral part of the human experience that helps kids' brains develop, stimulates critical thinking and can be an effective way to help students engage with academic subjects as well. We'll hear about different approaches to getting K-12 students access to arts, and we'd also like to hear your experience.

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Finding Solutions: What Works and Why for Housing

If you're one of the lucky people who live in your own house or apartment, you might look at a white picket fence and think the same thing I do: home, with all the positive associations that come with that word. But for many people who struggle to find or keep a roof over their head, they may look at the fence from the other side: as a reminder of what they don't have. Today on Think Out Loud we're launching a new series called Finding Solutions: What Works and Why where we'll try to explore just that — solutions to some of Oregon's most pressing problems. Take the need for affordable housing as our first case. We've done shows on the economy, on foreclosures, and on homelessness. Today we'll explore some of the factors that lead people to need affordable housing, but, more importantly in this case, we'll examine what ideas are out there to provide homes to more people. We'll focus on people who are taking on different aspects of the problem of unaffordable housing and the people whose lives have been transformed by being able to find affordable housing for themselves and their families. In other words, the possible solutions instead of the problem itself.

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Finding Solutions: What Works and Why for Student Achievement

When you call Western Oregon University student Kristty Polanco's cell phone you get a message in perfect English inviting you to leave your name and number, then one in fluent Spanish. She's facile in both languages, she's majoring in Community Health and is holding down a 3.59 GPA. She's a success story, but there are other paths she could have taken. When she first moved here at nine years old with her family from Venezuela she spoke no English. She says her dad spent hours with her helping her study for a spelling test that other kids might have spent 15 minutes on. But she was lucky, she learned English fairly quickly and her parents were behind her all the way.  At her Dallas high school she connected with the federally funded Upward Bound program. She'll graduate college this spring. The conversation about how to make sure students succeed doesn't seem to be coming to a close anytime soon. The Obama administration wants changes to the federal No Child Left Behind Act.  Some of the best, brightest and well-funded in Oregon continue think about how to close "the achievement gap." Today we're taking a look at three different organizations that work to boost student achievement — what makes them work, and why.

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Finding Solutions: What Works and Why for Children and Families in Crisis

When Erica Quiding was growing up, she had no relationship with her biological mother. She was placed in the foster care system as an infant, and was adopted at age three. But then at ten-years-old, her adoptive parents decided they could not keep her, and she went back to foster care. She bounced around the system for years. By the time she was matched with volunteer Ann Harding as part of the Court Appointed Special Advocates program, Erica was a troubled 13-year-old. But she was also resilient. And with Ann Harding on her side, available day or night for phone calls and support, Erica made it out of the foster care system, graduated from high school and is by all accounts a success. She's 24 now, taking classes at Portland Community College. She says she can't imagine that she would be where she is today without Ann in her life.

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Cover Oregon: What Went Wrong?

The results of an independent review into what went wrong with Oregon's health insurance exchange was released today.

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Represented: Oregon's Housing Affordability Crisis

Across the state, Oregonians who rent are struggling to find and keep their homes. We hear from voices on all sides of the issue.

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The Cost Of Food Waste

A new EarthFix series focuses on the high price of food waste, and looks into curbside composting programs in the Northwest.

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Across the state, Oregonians who rent are struggling to find and keep their homes. We hear from voices on all sides of the issue.

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News Roundtable: Sept. 18, 2015

It’s time for our news roundtable, where we take a look at some of the big stories of the week with a rotating panel of journalists and other news watchers.

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Taking Stock Of Gang Activity In Multnomah County

The Multnomah County Comprehensive Gang Assessment compiles data and anecdotal information about gang activity and prevention efforts.

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Fishermen Push For Overdose Reversal Drug Narcan On Boats

The not-for-profit health advocacy group The Fishing Partnership says it hopes to eventually make the drug a staple in every ship's medical kit.

Election | Nation

Obama: 'America Is Stronger Because Of The Affordable Care Act'

The former president celebrated the seventh anniversary of his signing of the Affordable Care Act on the day Republicans had planned to start the process of gutting it in celebration.

News | local

As Homelessness Increases, Vancouver Struggles To Find Solutions

Homelessness in Southwest Washington is on the rise. On Wednesday, Clark County released its annual tally of people sleeping on the streets or in their cars. 

Land use | Fish & Wildlife | News

Beavers Can Boost Water Supply

Scientists are finding that nature could offer solutions for water storage.  Beavers create natural reservoirs that can help retain water.


Beavers Can Boost Water Supply

Scientists are finding that nature could offer solutions for water storage.  Beavers create natural reservoirs that can help retain water.

World | Nation

The U.S. Is Beating Back ISIS, So What Comes Next?

The U.S. military and its allies have largely defeated the Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria. Now comes the tricky part: finding political solutions in both of those troubled countries.

Science | Books | Health | Nation

How Flawed Science Is Undermining Good Medicine

U.S. taxpayers pay $30 billion a year to fund biomedical research aimed at finding better treatments. But competition for scarce funding and tenure may be prompting some scientists to cut corners.

Arts | Entertainment

Set 40 Years In The Past, 'Guerrilla' Speaks Strongly To Today

Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley's new series is set in the U.K. during the 1970s, when immigrants of color from former colonies were coming there for work, but finding little opportunity.


Parking Fighter Jets And Tanks, Military Bases Pivot To Avoid Closure

The Pentagon is pushing Congress to help it save $2 billion a year by shutting down more bases. Rather than waiting for the ax, military communities are finding ways to stay relevant.

Environment | Food | Nation | Business

High Demand, Low Supply: Colorado River Water Crisis Hits Across The West

After years of drought and dropping water levels, the Colorado River is reaching a crisis point. Communities at either end of the river are looking at a variety of solutions, from storage to sharing.

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