Tag Archives: Education

To Help Strapped Borrowers, States Turn to Student Loan Ombudsmen

A combined 43 million people owe more than $1.3 trillion in student loans. About 4.6 million of them were in default at the end of last year. Marcia “Cia” Price is 37 years old and has more than $90,000 in outstanding student loan debt — more than what she originally owed. Like many indebted former […]
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Hazelnut Tariffs | Medford Robots | Pay Equity – OPB’s Think Out Loud

China has proposed a 15 percent tariff on hazelnuts grown in the United States in addition to a 25 percent tariff already in place. Oregon produces 99 percent of the nation’s crop of hazelnuts. A program at the Medford Opportunity School teaches at-risk high school students how to build and program robots. Michael Torguson, a […]
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Students are being prepared for jobs that no longer exist. Here’s how that could change.

As automation disrupts the labor market and good middle-class jobs disappear, schools are struggling to equip students with future-proof skills. On Sunday, Oct. 1, the first day the application became available online, Ben Lara sat down at the computer in his bedroom to apply for federal student financial aid. Editor’s note: This article is the […]
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Oregon fourth-graders lose ground in math, no improvement in grade 8

Oregon fourth-graders performed significantly worse in math last spring than they did two years earlier and neither fourth- nor eighth-graders registered gains in reading, results of a nationwide exam show. Source: Oregon fourth-graders lose ground in math, no improvement in grade 8

Linda Brown’s death is a reminder of how much segregation still exists in America’s schools

Federal data shows that schools have been quietly resegregating. The death of an icon in America’s civil rights history is a reminder of how recently school segregation existed in the United States — and how little has changed since that time. Source: Linda Brown’s death is a reminder of how much segregation still exists in America’s schools […]
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Editorial: Don’t rush to weaken class time rules

The Oregon State Board of Education meets Thursday in Salem, and one item on its afternoon agenda is a discussion of easing instructional time requirements for school districts around the state. Three groups — the Oregon Education Association, the Oregon School Board Association and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators — want the state to […]
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Oregon Saves | Student Survey – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Oregon is the first state to offer a retirement savings plan for people without access to one through their employer. Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read joins us to talk about OregonSaves along with the owner of Annastasia Salon, Luke Huffstutter. High school students from Oregon Student Voice conducted a statewide survey to find out what students […]
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Editorial: Lawmakers can’t duck Oregon’s PERS burden

ESD’s projections show the scale and duration of the problem. Both Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Legislature deserve credit for acknowledging the seriousness of the state’s public pension problem. A task force commissioned by the governor kicked the tires last year on a handful of options for reducing the pension system’s $25 billion shortfall. And the […]
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Talking Race In The Classroom – OPB’s Think Out Loud

With racial bias under the national microscope like never before, we talk to students, teachers and others in education about how race and racial identity are playing out – in curricula, class discussions and everyday life. We invited an audience to join us at the De La Salle North Catholic auditorium to discuss the real […]
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Sterling Reputation

On a recent visit to Baker City, a Chicago woman shined the spotlight on Baker High School students and their teacher who have quietly been conducting studies in their hometown, interviewing community residents and working to improve contaminated properties with little notoriety. Well … except for that Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators presented to […]
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