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Dance Collective Works It Out At PNCA

Physical Education, a supergroup of performance whiz kids, is in residency this year at Pacific Northwest College of Art.

local | News | Think Out Loud

Transgender Protections | Democratic Secretary Of State Candidates

We talk to a transgender high school student about new guidelines from the Oregon Department of Education and we hear from the three candidates who are running for Secretary of State in the Democratic primary.

Health | Arts | Think Out Loud

Looking Back On 40 Years Of Midwifery

Dr. Carol Howe just retired from her career as both a practicing midwife and a pioneer in the field of nurse midwifery education.

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Should The State Keep The Kicker?

Rep. Tobias Read (D-Beaverton) wants "kicker" money to be redirected to education and the rainy day fund, instead of going back to tax payers.

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School Districts And State To Report Bullying Under Proposed Bill

A bill in the Oregon Legislature would require school districts and the state Department of Education to report confirmed acts of bullying, including harassment and cyberbullying.

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Winning Lincoln High School Constitution Team Talks Civics

Members of Lincoln's Constitution team discuss civics education in light of a new poll suggesting Oregon voters are woefully lacking knowledge in the subject.

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Looking Back: 75 Years of The View-Master

The View-Master made its international debut at the New York World's Fair in 1939. Though the rights to the View-Master have belonged to several different companies over the years, the device's concept remains the same: It enables users to see photographic images in color-saturated 3-D. The View-Master's inventor, Bavarian-born William B. Gruber, immigrated to Portland in 1924. He was a piano repairman and organ builder by trade, but a chance meeting at the Oregon Caves in 1938 quickly changed his career path. It was there that Gruber met Harold Graves, with whom he formed a partnership to manufacture the View-Master. They intended it to be used as an educational tool, for medical students and for those who wished to see flora and fauna from all over the world using the hand-held device. At present, the View-Master is primarily considered a children's toy and is owned by Fisher-Price. To celebrate the 75th year of the iconic viewer, a party will be held at its "birthplace" in Cave Junction, Oregon.   

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Summer Recess Conversation: Suzanne Bonamici

Our series of Summer Recess Conversations continues with a sit-down with Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, who represents Oregon's 1st district. Bonamici was elected to Congress in a special election in January, 2012. Since then, she's voted against efforts to change Obamacare and supported increases and changes to Medicaid reimbursements. She's joined with other members of the delegation to oppose commodity speculation that could hurt craft breweries and successfully proposed an amendment to keep 34 C-23 Sherpa aircraft for the Army National Guard in Oregon. She's supported an emphasis on science and art education, and she recently voted to pass a bipartisan plan to alleviate student loan interest rates.  We'll talk with Suzanne Bonamici about the last congressional session and what she expects when Congress reconvenes next month. 

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Grading Oregon Students

A law passed in 2011 takes effect this school year and it's changing the way Oregon students will be graded from here on out. The law requires districts to measure students' performance based on state standards and to assign grades based on whether students are meeting, exceeding or falling short of those standards. The law says that grades must clearly distinguish between academic proficiency and behavior. The law does not specifically define "behavior." Many districts are interpreting it to include things like attendance, class participation and whether or not students turn in their homework on time. For districts like Forest Grove, this lines up with the way they've been grading students for years. But for other districts, such as Reynolds, it feels like a huge cultural shift.

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Oregon's Legislature Finishes Session

Lawmakers in Salem closed the 2013 legislative session with a smattering of last-minute bills. One will increase fines for texting while driving, another will keep next year's state university tuition increase down a bit, and another still approved state and local bonds amounting to $1 billion. Also, landlords now can't deny rent because a potential renter receives Section 8 housing assistance. What didn't happen over the weekend was a renewal to pass either new taxes or PERS reform. There's a chance, however, that Governor John Kitzhaber will call a special session before the next regular one next February.

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Special Education Report Cards Give Oregon Schools Mixed Grades

Oregon school districts are largely meeting goals related to mainstreaming special needs' students, but graduation rates are lagging.

Education | Nation | Economy

Elizabeth Warren On Student Debt Collectors And More Education News

Student debt has tripled, a shake-up in loan repayment, and states unveil new education plans.

Education | Nation

This Week In Education: DeVos Hires; NY Announces Free College And Free Textbooks

Federal marshals aren't the only new faces at the U.S. Education Department, we report in our weekly roundup of education news. The other big story: New York State's plan for free college.

Education | Nation

Trump Gives Commencement Address; Leaked Education Budget Has Big Cuts

A push for better student data and more news of the week.

Education | Nation | Election

Education Department Faces Deep Cuts; DeVos Faces Tough Questions

Our weekly education news roundup: Trump administration unveils its 2018 budget proposal; DeVos talks school choice in Indianapolis, then faces a grilling from lawmakers.

Education | Nation | Election

President Trump's Budget Proposal Calls For Deep Cuts To Education

The White House is expected to ask for big cuts, push school choice and change student loan repayment. But presidents have rarely succeeded in cutting the Education Department budget.


Oregon Lawmakers Advance Education Budget

Oregon lawmakers are moving forward with a key piece of the upcoming state spending plan.

Education | Nation

On Education, The States Ask: Now What?

States are under the gun to meet requirements of the new federal education law. But with budget crises, new regulations and a whole lot of uncertainty, many say the road ahead is far from clear.

Trump Donates To Education Department

Secretary DeVos announces the president's donation, a report on good jobs without a college degree, college tuition goes down and more education news.


Once Shot For Advocating For Girls' Education, Malala Is Going To Oxford

The young Pakistani-born woman shot by the Taliban because she advocated for girls education is now headed for Oxford. Malala Yousafzai is also the youngest-ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

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