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Told to help schools improve grad rates, Oregon education agency responds mostly with inaction

The agency was provided 13 recommendations; it completed 3 of  them. Sixteen months after a scathing state audit said the Oregon Department of Education urgently needed to take action to help raise the state’s lousy graduation rate, the department has completed just three of 13 actions that auditors called for, according to a follow-up report […]
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Polluted by Money: How lawmakers could flush corporate money out of Oregon politics

To reduce the share of political money that comes from corporations, lawmakers would need to set low donation limits. Source: Polluted by Money: How lawmakers could flush corporate money out of Oregon politics – oregonlive.com

How fast are Oregon counties growing — or shrinking? All 36, ranked

Fast-growing Crook County tops the list. Central Oregon is by far the fastest growing part of the state, new census data show. Not anywhere near the top of the list? The Portland metro, which previously led the way Source: How fast are Oregon counties growing — or shrinking? All 36, ranked | OregonLive.com

Oregon’s ‘tuition equity’ law could be extended to graduate students

Oregon’s law that allows students living in the country illegally to qualify for in-state tuition rates at public universities could be expanded to cover graduate classes as well. Source: Oregon’s ‘tuition equity’ law could be extended to graduate students – oregonlive.com

Portland area’s population growth is losing steam, census numbers show

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates 2018 metro population growth was half that of 2016. Source: Portland area’s population growth is losing steam, census numbers show – oregonlive.com

Opinion: To improve education in Oregon, invest in early childhood

Investing in programs that help children even before they enter kindergarten are critical to ensuring that children reach their full potential, writes Swati Adarkar with Children’s Institute. Source: Opinion: To improve education in Oregon, invest in early childhood – oregonlive.com

Report: Oregon still not doing enough to improve graduation rates

A report released Wednesday shows the Oregon Dept. of Ed has still not implemented 10 out of 13 recommendations to improve grad rates since 2017. Source: Report: Oregon still not doing enough to improve graduation rates

Cylvia Hayes reaches second potential ethics deal for $50,000

The Oregon Government Ethics Commission is slated to vote Friday on the settlement with the former first lady. Source: Cylvia Hayes reaches second potential ethics deal for $50,000 – oregonlive.com

Analysts recommend six-cent gas tax in Salem, would be 2nd-highest in Oregon

A government-appointed task force in Salem is recommending the city consider adopting a six-cent-per-gallon gas tax to help maintain roads, sidewalks, and bridges. Source: Analysts recommend six-cent gas tax in Salem, would be 2nd-highest in Oregon | KATU

Avoid getting sick from Easter chicks, ducklings, experts say

Easter planning is in full force as many families prepare to celebrate the holiday this weekend. Source: Avoid getting sick from Easter chicks, ducklings, experts say – KTVZ