Category Archives: Dept. of Education (ODE)

Oregon School Leaders Consider Tighter Oversight In Wake Of Audit

As Oregon legislators look to spend more on public schools, Gov. Kate Brown met with school leaders to tighten financial oversight following a tough state audit. Source: Oregon School Leaders Consider Tighter Oversight In Wake Of Audit

Oregon directs schools to mark students ‘present’ whenever they’re absent for school sports

The state has issued a new directive to school officials in charge of tallying whether students are present in class: Count them present when they are on the bus traveling to or taking part in school sports competitions and other extracurricular activities. Source: Oregon directs schools to mark students ‘present’ whenever they’re absent for school […]
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Most Central Oregon kids enter kindergarten with state-average levels of literacy, math skills

Young kids’ literacy and math skills entering elementary school depends on socioeconomic status, says Bend-La Pine administrator. Central Oregon kindergartners start school with about the same level of literacy and math skills as their peers around the state, according to an assessment from the Oregon Department of Education. Source: Most Central Oregon kids enter kindergarten […]
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Oregon releases kindergarten assessment results

The Oregon Department of Education and the Early Learning Division on Thursday jointly released results from the 2018-19 Oregon Kindergarten Assessment. Source: Oregon releases kindergarten assessment results

Thurston High School metals shop receives $87K in upgrades to enhance career technical education

Lucas Wardrip knows what he wants to do after graduation from Thurston High School — become a welder and work locally for Koffler Boats. The aluminum fishing boat manufacturer is located off of Greenhill Road, which Wardrip says is appealing because he can remain in the vicinity of his family. An older brother already works at […]
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Parents, legislators push for end to school violence

State will help schools screen for potential violence, promote safety tip line and prevents suicide, harassment and bullying. Source: Parents, legislators push for end to school violence

Proposed Oregon law would tighten system to catch, punish educators who engage in sexual misconduct

Senate Bill 155 is one of four pieces of legislation introduced to tamp down on sexual misconduct by Oregon teachers. Source: Proposed Oregon law would tighten system to catch, punish educators who engage in sexual misconduct

Racism and bullying of high school athletes of color must be confronted

Along with serving as the Chair of the State Board of Education, I am a parent of a Woodburn High School senior. This fall I attended an away game for my daughter’s soccer team. I am an avid sports fan and watching my daughter play is a great joy for me, just as it is for many […]
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Central Oregon schools struggling to meet PE requirements

Administrators cite lack of staff, gym space and state funding as obstacles to providing more PE. Despite the state giving Oregon schools a few more years to meet a minimum number of physical education minutes per week, many Central Oregon school districts are still struggling to provide gym time for elementary and middle school students. […]
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State to no longer count students in extracurricular activities as absent

Starting next school year, students who miss class for school-sponsored activities such as sports, music and math competitions won’t be considered absent by the Oregon Department of Education. This new state policy will match the internal policy that many Oregon school districts had. Source: State to no longer count students in extracurricular activities as absent; […]
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