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Junction City Hospital | Climate Change Lawsuit | Bilingual Education

We learn about bilingual education, the possible fate of the Junction City psychiatric facility and a climate-change lawsuit brought against the Obama administration.

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Bringing Refugees To Oregon | Soviet Diaspora: Education | Talking Business

We'll talk to two faith leaders from Eugene who are working to bring refugees to Oregon. We'll continue our series on this state's Soviet diaspora with a conversation about education. And we'll catch up on the latest regional business news.

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What's Next For Education Reform In Oregon?

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday that the state's chief education officer, Nancy Golden, is retiring.

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Oregon Tech Education

A recent survey of Oregon technology industry executives indicates a growing concern over the quality of tech education at the state's universities.

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Nancy Golden Talks About How To Improve Education In Oregon

We talk with Nancy Golden, Oregon's new Chief Education Officer, following Rudy Crew's departure.

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What Can Montessori Teach Public Education?

Portland is hosting the 2013 International Montessori Congress this weekend. The Congress is held every four years, but this is the first time in over four decades that it's been held in an American city. Some argue that the Montessori philosophy is incompatible with the way America has structured its public education system, but a handful of schools are trying to make it work. One of the major differences between public education and Montessori schools is Montessori schools don't grade and tend to downplay, or totally avoid, standardized testing. These differences, along with a pressure to conform to state standards can be a point of friction for Montessori schools trying to operate in public districts. But the schools also focus on character education, which is something critics of the American education system point out as a blindspot in how we educate our kids. That approach has led some public districts across the country to try to adopt Montessori systems in their schools.

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Rudy Crew on Education Goals

Rudy Crew is only about a month into his new job as Governor Kitzhaber's first chief education officer. However, he's already taken a forceful position on statewide achievement goals, saying they're too soft. We'll talk with him about the new "achievement compacts" and how he'd like to see school districts more aggressively raise their goals for year-on-year improvement.

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Oregon's First Education Officer: Rudy Crew

During the 2011 legislative session, Governor John Kitzhaber pushed through a bill that makes the governor the superintendent of public instruction. The bill requires the governor to appoint a deputy superintendent to run the education department and oversee the schools. Last month, Kitzhaber named former head of New York City schools, Rudy Crew, as his chief education officer. Crew began his job this week. Crew has a long history in public education. He spent four years each as the head of the New York City and Miami-Dade County school systems. But both positions ended on bad terms due to disagreements with the school boards. But the appointments were not without achievements such as reducing overcrowding and improving test scores.

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Life In A Town For Sale | Education Goals In The Oregon Legislature | Prison Lockdown | Oregon Dept. Of Energy

A small town in Southern Oregon is for sale. What are the legislature's statewide education goals? How does the Oregon Dept. of Corrections handle riots? An overhaul of the state Department of Energy is being proposed.

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Education On The Ballot | Airplane Living

We visit Bruce Campbell, who has made a home inside an airplane outside of Hillsboro. And we'll learn about the education issues on the Portland ballot for next week's election.

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Oregon Education Officials Offer Relief To Snow-Battered Schools

Oregon school districts have canceled as many as 13 days due to snow. State officials may let schools off the hook for two.

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Hundreds Gather In Portland To Protest DeVos Nomination For Education Secretary

A couple hundred people gathered in downtown Portland Friday to protest the nomination of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Education Secretary.

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BRAVO Youth Orchestras, Combining Social Change with Music Education

Highlights from a new story coming to Oregon Art Beat Fall 2016. An in-depth look at BRAVO Youth Orchestras and their work with underserved children at elementary schools around Portland, Oregon. This intense orchestral instruction builds community through music and important social skills in listening, team building and respect for each other.        Producer & Editor Emily Hamilton, Videographer Eric Slade

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Outdoor School Initiative Could Make 3 Education Measures On Oregon Fall Ballot

Supporters of the Outdoor School For All campaign submitted more than 120,000 signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State on Thursday.

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Beaverton Schools Settle Special Education Civil Rights Complaint

Beaverton school officials have settled a civil rights complaint involving lost instructional time for special needs students.

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Troubled Education Agency Looks To Rebound With New Leadership

The service district that grabbed headlines for its treatment of an openly gay Oregon Teacher of the Year has attracted three experienced semi-finalists for its open superintendent position.

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African Student Came For An Education — Not This Kind

We're asking people in the Pacific Northwest to talk about how race impacts their day-to-day lives. We talked to a Muslim immigrant from West Africa who says she is routinely harassed because of her head scarf. 

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Gov. Brown Would Prioritize Education Programs If Measure 97 Fails

Gov. Kate Brown pointed to early childhood, K-12 programs and higher education as places she'd want to maintain funding if a corporate tax she supports fails at the ballot.

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Education Work Group Finds State Tests 'Valid,' But Not Helpful To Students

A work group report out Wednesday finds Smarter Balanced is a "valid" exam, but needs support, if students are to reach achievement goals.

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Oregon Secretary Of State's Race Offers Lesson In Civics Education

The secretary of state is the Swiss Army knife of Oregon government. It supervises seven divisions — from audits to archives, corporations to elections. What's that got to do with civics education?

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