Oregon school performance ratings cast serious problems as rare, isolated

Oregon’s new school ratings, released Wednesday, give the impression that serious performance problems are largely limited to a few districts and to nontraditional schools such as alternative programs and online charter schools. Source: Oregon school performance ratings cast serious problems as rare, isolated

See, compare Oregon school ratings: Unlike state, OregonLive team makes it easy

Under public pressure, the Oregon Department of Education released performance ratings for 1,200 schools Wednesday. But it did so in a manner that requires downloading and opening 1,233 separate documents to see which schools have the best and worse ratings. On the state website, even comparing the ratings for all schools in a single district […]
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Grand Ronde want to catch 15 salmon. It’s pitted Northwest tribes against each other.

Grand Ronde crews knew it wouldn’t be easy to erect a 100-square-foot fishing scaffold on a rocky riverbank. They didn’t expect the added danger of being barred from a private property that could have made their work safer. Portland General Electric at first agreed to allow the tribe to use its property next to Willamette […]
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Gov. Kate Brown joins other states with offshore drilling ban near Oregon’s coast

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order Thursday blocking offshore drilling, joining several other states trying to shield themselves from the Trump administration’s plan to drill for oil and gas off the U.S. coast. The order directs state agencies to protect Oregon’s coastal economy by preventing activities associated with offshore oil and gas drilling. […]
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Salem-Keizer school report cards show mix of progress, declines and data gaps

The annual release of school performance report cards by the Oregon Department of Education is usually a routine and mundane task completed in October. The reports primarily compile data already released to the public and add a one-stop-shop overview of individual schools and districts. Source: Salem-Keizer school report cards show mix of progress, declines and data gaps

Brown learns a lesson the hard way | Opinion

Gov. Kate Brown’s administration committed an unforced error this week when it told the public that it would keep school report cards under wraps until after Election Day. Intense public pressure ensued, and Brown reversed course. She ordered the Oregon Department of Education to release the reports. Source: Brown learns a lesson the hard way

‘Very high threat’ volcanoes loom over Central Oregon

Four of the 18 volcanoes U.S. geologists consider the nation’s most threatening are in Oregon, and a couple are in Bend’s backyard. Earlier this week, the U.S. Geological Survey released a study evaluating the threats posed by the 161 active volcanoes across the country according to 24 different factors. Source: ‘Very high threat’ volcanoes loom […]
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UPDATE: State appeals judge’s order to disclose proposed legislation

UPDATE: State officials have filed an appeal of the Marion County judge’s order to release by Friday hundreds legislative proposals Gov. Kate Brown’s administration has sought to keep secret. In a Thursday court filing, Sarah Weston, attorney for the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, argued that the Oregon appellate judges are likely to reverse the […]
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A Casey Stengel moment | Opinion

“Can’t anybody here play this game?”— Casey Stengel The manager of the New York Mets reportedly asked that question in 1962, when the team was on its way to a 40-120 record in its expansion season. This week, Gov. Kate Brown’s administration botched the release of annual school performance ratings barely two weeks before the […]
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State senator: West has ‘epidemic of trees’

Oregon state Sen. Herman Baertschiger, Jr. says the West has an epidemic of trees, and he criticized the U.S. Forest Service for its handling of wildfires that left Southern Oregon choking in smoke two summers in a row. “I call it the ‘epidemic of trees.’ We have way too many trees per acre,” he said. […]
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