Tag Archives: Education

Guest column: State should mandate specific subjects

I am writing in response to The Bulletin editorial (Oct. 2 “Don’t micromanage high school curriculum”) concerning proposed state legislation to insure reference to the Holocaust in the teaching of history in Oregon. At first, I was sympathetic to The Bulletin’s argument that teachers ought to be able to have some ownership of their classroom […]
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Statewide tour of Oregon schools arrive in Coos County

Legislators seek information on how to better fund and improve public schools. A group of bipartisan legislators from the state are in Coos County for two days to visit local schools. The 79th Legislative Assembly Joint Committee on Student Success has a detailed schedule spanning Wednesday and Thursday. The committee has already traveled 2,678 miles […]
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Hermiston test scores around state average

Hermiston sees slight uptick in test scores. As statewide assessment scores from last year come in, Hermiston schools have seen a slight bump in some areas. The majority of the district’s scores hover around the state average. While the Oregon Department of Education’s director, Colt Gill, said he could not point to a highlight in […]
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Editorial: Don’t micromanage curriculum

A high school freshman from Lake Oswego, Claire Sarnowski, is on a mission. She, with the help of state Sen. Rob Wagner, D-Lake Oswego, and Holocaust survivor Alter Wiener, hopes to persuade the Legislature to require high schools to teach about the Holocaust. It’s a worthy subject without question, particularly in this era of heightened […]
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Opinion: Our next governor must fix Oregon’s revenue system to help schools

As the campaign for governor kicks into high gear, we should look to some key words from one of our most celebrated governors, Mark Hatfield, who once said “Few services a government can provide are as important as education. Oregon traditionally has done an excellent job in this field. The number one problem in education […]
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Editorial: Test scores spotlight school woes

What should we make of last week’s release of test scores showing how Oregon students fared on the standardized tests measuring their progress on English, math and science? We would start with this big caveat: While the test results are interesting (and, frankly, discouraging), it’s a mistake to read too much into them. The test […]
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Local educators talk about Smarter Balanced scores

Pendleton High School math teacher Eric Oja thinks he’s figured out a way to raise test scores on the Smarter Balanced Assessment, and all it took was thousands of hours of coding. While the Pendleton High School’s 36.6 percent proficiency rate in 2017-2018 might not seem impressive on its face, it represents a nearly 6 […]
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A Case Study: The Chinese Communist Party Works to Influence Oregon

In 2010 Oregon’s state legislature resolved to encourage Confucius Classrooms. An Oregon resident recently found out, much to her dismay, that a piece of Oregon state legislation that encouraged the establishment of Confucius Classrooms could have been pushed through by the long arm of the Chinese Communist Party. She believes the CCP’s penetration in Oregon […]
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Why Girls Are Better at Reading Than Boys

Girls read more than boys in just about every developed country, and it’s a big reason they have better educational outcomes. Developed countries like the United States have seen a remarkable transformation in education over the last century: Girls and young women—once subjected to discrimination in, and even exclusion from, schools and colleges—have “conquered” those […]
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Why Schools Are Banning Yoga

Mindfulness programs have become popular on K–12 campuses, but in some parts of the country concerns about religious intrusion keep the trend at bay. In certain parts of the United States, it’s getting more and more likely that rather than a game of dodgeball in gym class or a round of Heads-up, Seven-up as a […]
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