Category Archives: Dept. of Education (ODE)

Coos County school bus employees want drivers to stop performing illegal passes

School bus employees are reminding drivers to be aware of traffic laws to ensure students enter and exit buses safely. According to Dennis Goodwin, the location safety manager at First Student Bus Company, bus drivers around the county witness at least one “red light” violation a day on their routes. “People forget or don’t realize […]
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Absenteeism rates improving in NE Oregon

Northeast Oregon is outpacing the state when it comes to reducing chronic absenteeism in its school districts. Oregon Department of Education statistics indicate that Northeast Oregon was the only region in the state that saw its overall chronic absenteeism rate decline in 2017-18. The rate for the most recently completed school year was 18.7 percent, down […]
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Tax hikes in governor’s budget a ‘challenge to pocketbooks’

Legislative leaders predict rough road ahead for Brown proposal to raise revenue. Thousands of Oregonians could see more money taken out of their paychecks and companies would be writing bigger checks to fund Gov. Kate Brown’s proposed budget and revamp the state’s education system. Source: Tax hikes in governor’s budget a ‘challenge to pocketbooks’

Oregon’s statewide school report card: 5 things to know

Oregon’s annual statewide report card aims to capture the status of schools statewide — the good, the bad and the mundane. From demographic data and graduation rates to state education funding and free and reduced lunch rates, the report collects information previously released throughout the year and combines it with additional data. Source: Oregon’s statewide school report card: 5 things […]
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Ahead for Oregon schools: longer year, smaller classes

Every school student in Oregon would be touched by the ambitious investment in education proposed Wednesday by Gov. Kate Brown. Kids would be in school more days and many would have smaller classes. Source: Ahead for Oregon schools: longer year, smaller classes | Salem Reporter | News about Salem – In-depth, Accurate, Trusted

My View: Oregonians give schools mixed grades

According to Oregonians, we need to do a better job of attracting talented teachers and compensating them in a way that will keep them on the job. They say we need to watch out for children who might fall through the cracks, and we need to make sure schools are accountable and transparent, and that […]
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Absenteeism rates improve in Northeast

Northeast Oregon is outpacing the state when it comes to reducing chronic absenteeism in its school districts. Oregon Department of Education statistics indicate that Northeast Oregon was the only region in the state that saw its overall chronic absenteeism rate decline in 2017-18. The rate for the most recently completed school year was 18.7 percent, […]
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Student homelessness grows with Warrenton

More than half of county’s homeless students. The Warrenton-Hammond School District recorded more than half of Clatsop County’s 315 homeless students last school year. The county saw a slight overall decrease in student homelessness from 324 in the 2016-17 school year, according to a recent state report, driven by a decline from 96 to 53 […]
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Violence in schools must be controlled – Opinion

Shame on our local school districts and the state for not moving faster to address student violence against classmates and educators. Shame on school districts and the state for inadequately tracking incidents of violent student behavior. Teaching should not be a physically hazardous profession. Source: Violence in schools must be controlled – Opinion – The […]
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Last school year, nearly 22,000 Oregon kids didn’t have a home

New report shows 884 homeless students in Deschutes County. The good news: The number of students in Oregon who don’t have a home of their own is down from last year. The bad news: The number of students in Oregon who don’t have a home of their own is still close to 22,000. Last week, […]
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