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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

Education | News | Election | local

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

Next month, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Education | History | News | local

Wilson Students Share Stories Of Anti-Semitic, Racist Incidents With Community, School Leaders

Following a series of problems last spring, Portland students told school administrators and board members at a community meeting of anti-Semitic and racist incidents at the school.

Education | News | Economy | local | Business | Teachers

Still No Deal For Workers At Oregon’s Public Universities, Possible Strike Monday

With a strike planned Monday, university workers and management continue to negotiate a contract.

Education | News | local | Environment

Students March On Downtown Portland To Urge Action On Climate

Thousands of Portland students and many adults joined in the international climate strike Friday, demanding action on climate change.

Education | News | local

More Oregon Students Took State Exams In 2018-2019, But Passing Rates Are Down

Test results for Oregon schools show more students are taking state exams, but the percentage of students passing is down. And this year, the results hold a little more weight than usual.

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Oregon Universities Prepare For Start Of Classes — And An Employee Strike

Thousands of classified employees at Oregon’s public universities are preparing to strike. College administrators are making contingency plans in case a strike happens at the same time classes start.


Education | News | local | Health

Before Oregon’s Suicide Prevention Plan Requirement, Efforts Vary By District

The mental health of students – and the risk of suicide – led Oregon lawmakers to pass a slew of legislation this year. Students can take days off for their mental health, and a few school districts will receive money to plan school-based health centers. But one law won’t take effect until next year.

Education | News | local

Oregon Schools Slowly Rolling Out Indigenous Studies Curriculum

The new state curriculum will feature lessons in five subjects including science and math. In addition, Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes will provide content specific to their cultures.

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Oregon Governor Signs Billion-Dollar Education Bill On 1st Day Of School

Jefferson High School freshmen kicked off the new school year with a visit from the Gov. Kate Brown, who signed the billion-dollar Student Success Act for the occasion.

Education | News | local | Family | Communities

New Buildings, Other Changes Greet Returning PPS Students

School is back in session for students in Oregon’s largest district.

Education | News | Economy | local

Classified Staff At Oregon's Public Universities Take Step Toward Strike

Contract negotiations are getting tense between Oregon’s public universities and the bargaining team representing 5,000 classified employees.

Education | History | News | Nation | local

Oregon Teachers Prepare For New Holocaust And Genocide Education Curriculum Requirements

A new Oregon law requires all students to learn about the Holocaust and other genocides. To help teachers develop lessons, Oregon State University hosted an event for school districts around the state.

Education | News | local

Portland Parents Push For Schools To Improve Talented And Gifted Programs

A group of parents has asked the Oregon Department of Education to investigate Portland Public Schools for not serving students classified as talented and gifted.

Education | Nation | local | Food | NW Life | Teachers | Communities | Health

FoodCorps Members Serve Lessons On Nutrition And Food

About 240 members of a service program will soon be in the classroom, educating kids about food. At a recent staff training in Portland, service members learned how to bring fruits and vegetables into the classroom.