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Oregon's Education Future

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President Obama announced on Friday that states that agree to a certain set of rules can waive restrictions set by No Child Left Behind. States would need to set strong teacher evaluation standards, and have plans to rework under-performing schools in order to receiver the waiver.

Ben Cannon, former teacher and Oregon legislator, is Governor Kitzhaber’s new education policy adviser, and he’s excited at the possibility of Oregon getting some leeway within No Child Left Behind. We’ll check in with Cannon to see how the Governor and Department of Education will go about trying to waive the restrictions.

We’ll also hear what Cannon’s broader ideas for Oregon’s education system are, and how his experience as a teacher and legislator will affect his plans.

What are your questions for Governor Kitzhaber’s education policy adviser? Should Oregon seek a waiver from No Child Left Behind? What do you want to see from Oregon’s education system?


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