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Elizabeth Miller

Elizabeth Miller is OPB’s education reporter.

She previously covered the environment and the Great Lakes for ideastream in Cleveland, Ohio.
Her pieces have aired nationally on NPR and on other programs including "Marketplace" and "Here and Now."

She also spent time working at an Akron news station and as an intern on NPR’s national desk. An Ohio native, Elizabeth is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University.

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Recent Articles

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Schools Plan, Businesses Worry – An Old Timber Town Prepares For Oregon’s New Tax

Oregon’s new business tax goes into effect Jan. 1. It’s meant to raise $1 billion a year for education. It’s an opportunity for schools, but it’s prompted mixed reactions from businesses. 

Education | News | local

Outraged Beaverton Parents Question District's 'Final' Decision To Close Middle Grade Program

Parents and students from a Beaverton school directed their frustrations at district officials Monday night, in response to plans to cut the upper grades from two K-8 schools.

Business | Education | News | local

To Solve Community Problems, Competition Gives Oregon College Students Funds, Training

Teams of students representing more than 20 colleges around Oregon are gearing up to invent something new as part of the Invent Oregon Collegiate Challenge.

Food | News | Family | local

Salem-Keizer Expands Free Lunch Program Into Fall Break

This year, Salem-Keizer School District is offering free lunch the week of Thanksgiving to children 18 and under.

Education | News | local

Corbett School Board Votes To Become Charter School District

The Corbett School District board approved the application to become a charter school district Wednesday. The district says the end of an open-enrollment law pushed its decision.

Education | News | local

Oregon School Districts Ask Community For Input On Spending New State Money

A new tax on Oregon businesses promises millions for public schools. But first, school leaders have to figure out how to spend that money.

FOP Demands Corvallis School Board Member Resign Over Police Tweet

A national police organization is calling for a Corvallis School Board member to step down over a tweet it sees as anti-police. 

Education | News | local

West Linn High School Students Walk Out To Support LGBTQ Community

At least 100 West Linn High School students walked out of class Friday in support of the school’s LGBTQ community.

Education | News | local

Portland Public Schools May Push School Improvement Bond To 2021

At a meeting Thursday, Portland Public Schools staff proposed pushing off a school improvement bond to 2021.

Education | News | local | Environment

Oregon Higher Ed Officials Respond To US Withdrawal From Paris Agreement

The U.S. started the formal process of withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement this week. In Oregon, higher education leaders are ready to step up.

Education | News | local

Portland School Parents Want Arleta Principal Suspended After Student Ingests Crack Cocaine

A group of parents at Arleta K-8 school are calling for the principal to be suspended.

Education | News | Politics | local | Election

Portland Voters Back Tax Levy To Fund Teachers In Oregon's Largest District

Voters appear to support maintaining a Portland Public Schools levy that supports one-third of the district’s teaching positions. Early returns show the levy passing by a wide margin. 

Education | News | local

North Clackamas Superintendent To Retire In June 2020

North Clackamas superintendent Matt Utterback has announced his intent to retire in June.

Education | News | local | Election

Oregon School Districts Ask Voters To Fund Buildings, Teachers In November Election

Residents in at least eight Oregon communities will vote on bonds and levies to fund public schools.

Education | News | local

New Reports On Oregon Schools Show An Overall Improvement In Attendance

The state released data on schools and districts Thursday covering attendance, student progress and whether students are on-track to graduate.

Education | News | Economy | local

Citing Declining Enrollment And State Funding, Southern Oregon University Plans Cuts

The president of Southern Oregon University is calling for a 4% campus-wide reduction in spending.

Education | News | local

New PSU Safety Plan Retains Armed Officers, Adds Unarmed Students Positions

PSU's interim president's updated campus safety plan calls for retaining armed campus police officers while expanding roles for unarmed officers, including a new "student safety ambassador" role.

Education | News | local

To Raise Graduation Rates For Students Of Color, Salem-Keizer Schools Focus On Relationships

Oregon schools have struggled for years to close achievement gaps between white students and students of color. A new effort to help Pacific Islander and black students in Salem appears to be working.

Education | News | local

Portland School Security Upgrades Delayed, Will Be Complete By Summer 2020

Work installing electronic locks on doors and other security measures at some Portland schools will not be complete until months after initially planned.

Education | News | local

Oregon Public Universities Reach Deal With Union To Prevent Strike

Oregon's public universities reached a deal with the union representing 4,500 employees Saturday to avert a looming strike.