Oregon Students Hold Steady In Statewide Tests

By Jim McCoy Wed 10th September Newsschoolstesting
In the midst of major state efforts to boost high school graduation and college attendance, statewide tests show Oregon students holding steady in proficiency in reading, writing, math and science. The results of the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills were released Wednesday by the Oregon Department of Education. Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton said it takes time to transRead More »

Oregon Senate President Wants Money To Make Schools Quake Proof

By Jim McCoy Tue 19th August NewsearthquakesschoolsSen. Peter Courtney
Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney says the state should take on $200 million in debt to help prepare school buildings for a devastating earthquake that scientists say could come at any time. An analysis of Oregon's school buildings found that more than 1,000 were at a high or very high risk of collapsing in a major quake. Courtney, a Salem Democrat, has long advocated improRead More »

Study: Portland Teachers Miss 14 Classroom Days Per Year

By Jim McCoy Tue 3rd June NewsPortland teachersschools
A study of big-city school districts shows Portland teachers average 14 days out of the classroom a year. The study by the National Council on Teacher Quality included absences and professional development days in 2012-2013. The Oregonian reports that ( the latest contract gives Portland Public Schools teachers 10 paid sick days, three paid personal days andRead More »

Earthquake "Cages" Proposed to Protect Oregon School Students

By Jim McCoy Fri 2nd November Newsearthquake preparednessschools
Portland architect Ben Kaiser has proposed a way to protect school children from earthquakes and save school districts money. Kaiser says steel cages could be installed in schools to create safe zones where children would rush as a quake begins.The Oregonian reports the quake cages would cost about one-fourth as much as a seismic upgrade to a building. A 2007 state survey found that 57 perRead More »

Educators Assemble In Medford

By Jim McCoy Thu 11th October Newsconferencesschools
Approximately 500 educators, about 230 from the Medford School District, are gathered for a conference in Medford today and tomorrow. The aim is to further promote teacher teamwork to improve student performance. Former principals Rick and Becky Dufour are leading the conference. They say the concept of professional learning communities helps develop consistency in teaching students.

Salem-area School Closes After An Explosion In A Garbage Can

By Jim McCoy Thu 24th May Newsschools

A high school in Salem has been evacuated after a device that apparently was in a plastic bottle exploded in a garbage can.
     The Salem Statesman Journal reports students were calling it a dry-ice bomb.
     A spokesman for the Salem-Keizer district says there was a loudRead More »

Middle School Students Getting "CPR Anytime " Training

By Jim McCoy Tue 22nd May Newsschools

Jamie Haden’s leadership class at Ashland Middle School is wrapping up two days of “CPR Anytime” training. “CPR Anytime” is called an “all-in-one” kit that has everything for administering “hand only” CPR.Read More »

State School Board Banning Native American School Nicknames

By Jim McCoy Fri 18th May NewsNative-American namesschools

The Oregon Board of Education has voted to require Oregon schools to retire their Native American mascots within five years or risk losing state funding.
     The vote Thursday gives Oregon some of the nation's toughest
restrictions on American Indian nicknames, mascots and logos.Read More »

Phoenix-Talent School Board Supports Keeping District Name The Same

The Phoenix-Talent school board is weighing in on the possibility of changing the district’s name. In a press release issued Monday morning, the board is supporting the idea of keeping the current name. The names proposed as alternatives to the current name are Rogue South Schools, South Valley Schools, South Rogue Valley Schools, and South Rogue Schools.Read More »

Phoenix-Talent School District Name Change

By Jim McCoy Wed 2nd May NewsPhoenix newsschools

Officials at a southwest Oregon schooldistrict think a name change would help them retain students. The Phoenix-Talent School District lost 54 students this year to the neighboring Ashland district, under a new state open enrollment law.Read More »


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