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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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State Commission Approves Tuition Increases At 3 Oregon Universities

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission approved substantial tuition increases at three Oregon universities Thursday.

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Corbett Schools: The Promise & Peril Of Luring Students From Other Districts

The Corbett School District has long relied on students who transfer in, and the money that comes with them. With the end of Oregon's open enrollment law, the Corbett community wants to see change.

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4 Oregon Public Universities To Ask For Tuition Increases

Four of Oregon’s public universities will defend substantial tuition increases this week.

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Oregon's New Sex Ed Curriculum Has More Than Just Birds And Bees

Schools across Oregon are changing their sex ed curriculum in response to a state law from a few years ago, aimed at preventing child sex abuse. In Beaverton, students learn about consent, gender expression, and sexually transmitted diseases starting in kindergarten.  But the lessons aren’t the same at 5 as they are at 15.

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Portland Parents Want Better Access To Talented And Gifted Programming

Portland Public Schools continues to be out of compliance with state requirements for students considered “talented and gifted.” A parent group is pushing for changes.

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Portland Public Schools Passes Budget, Allocates $7 Million To Classroom Priorities

The Portland public schools board of directors passed a budget Tuesday night, 6 to 1.

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Tuition Hike, President's Exit Raise Doubts For PSU's Nontraditional Students

Portland State University’s president has resigned and the board recently voted to increase tuition next year by 11%. Will that threaten the school's strength with nontraditional students?

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Portland And Nyssa Students To Represent Oregon At Scripps Spelling Bee

Two Oregonians are headed to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The competition starts Tuesday.

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New Faces Elected To Portland, Salem-Keizer School Boards

One incumbent and three new candidates have won seats on the Portland Public Schools board.

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Oregon Voters Approve Taxes To Help Local Schools

With turnout dipping below 15% in some parts of the state, school administrators can be grateful that the folks who did cast ballots were supportive of increased funding for public education. 

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Hoping For Change, Parents And Community Members Run For Portland School Board Seats

As last-minute voters turn in their ballots Tuesday, the board of directors at Portland Public Schools will look pretty different next year. Only one of four incumbents is running for reelection.

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Candidates Run To Be 1st Latinos On Salem-Keizer School Board

Throughout Oregon, the people that make decisions in school districts seldom reflect the students they serve. Nowhere is that difference more glaring than in Salem-Keizer.

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Portland State Board Raises Tuition, Appoints Acting President

At a busy board meeting Monday, the Board of Trustees at Portland State University passed an 11% tuition increase and appointed an acting president.

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Many Oregon School Districts To Close May 8 For Teacher Walkout

Schools in more than two dozen districts across Oregon will close for at least part of the day on Wednesday in response to a planned walk out by teachers to advocate for more school funding.

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Washington Budget Includes $7 Million for Vancouver, Evergreen Schools

Washington school districts are finalizing budgets for next year. And thanks to a narrowly-worded provision approved by lawmakers, Vancouver and Evergreen will get a little help. 

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Beaverton School District Faces Big Cuts In Proposed Budget

Oregon’s three largest school districts have released budget drafts for next year. Of the three — Portland, Beaverton and Salem-Keizer — cutbacks will likely hit Beaverton hardest.

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Central Oregon Schools Look To Grow Emotional Learners

What do lemonade and neutral-colored walls have to do with a kindergartener's readiness to learn? It's part of how central Oregon schools are teaching the youngest students the basics of emotional learning.

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Oregon’s Public Universities Contemplate Tuition Increases

Oregon’s public universities are looking at one major way they can stay solvent – tuition increases. But one Oregon university voted this week to keep that tuition increase minimal.

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New Secretary Of State Says Oregon Still Failing To Fix Graduation Rate

A new Secretary of State report provides an update on the state's efforts to improve graduation rates.

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Oregon Schools To Close May 8 For Teacher Walkouts

School districts in the Portland area are canceling school May 8 as teachers statewide plan a walkout to advocate for more school funding.