Tag Archives: Parents

Our View: Require vaccinations for Oregon’s kids – Opinion

In Oregon, it’s dismayingly easy for parents to opt out of vaccinating their kids. That puts not just their kids but also other families needlessly at risk. When lawmakers return to Salem next year, mandatory vaccinations for all children who don’t have a legitimate medical excuse should be a top priority. Risking the lives of […]
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Fighting Vaccine Hesitancy, One Parent at a Time 

Programs aim to counter anti-vaccine sentiments with parent-to-parent connections. In the Spring of 2014, Nadine Gartner was traveling through Portland International Airport when her phone buzzed with an alarming news alert. The previous day, someone with measles had passed through the same terminal that Gartner — and her 1-year-old daughter — now sat in. Source: Fighting Vaccine […]
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Salem-Keizer teachers make home visits, improve student outcomes

Katrina Ohlemiller spends most of her afternoons and weekends, not at home, but at the homes of her students. To get ready, the Hoover Elementary School teacher dedicates dozens of hours a month preparing school supplies, scheduling meetings and traveling to where families are most comfortable. She’s part of a growing movement of Salem and Keizer educators to make Parent […]
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After-school rule a good move, if it works

The best thing about McLoughlin Middle School’s new policy requiring students attending after-school events to be accompanied by an adult is that it is intended to be temporary. A permanent rule would serve only to push away students who need socialization, and could unfairly affect the children of working and single parents. Principal Kelly Soter […]
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Medford middle school insists adults accompany student spectators

McLoughlin Middle School students are working to counter negative behavior that forced a change to the school’s attendance policies at after-school events for the rest of the fall season. Principal Kelly Soter told parents last week that students are not permitted to attend athletic events and other after-school activities as spectators through October without an […]
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Oregon insight: Working moms carry most of the parenting load

Most Oregon men and women with children work – but an analysis by Oregon Employment Department economist Jessica Nelson shows that women appear to be doing most of the heavy lifting at home. Statewide, 93% of Oregon fathers work full- or part-time, according to Nelson’s findings. The equivalent number for women is 76%. (Both figures […]
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When mothers allege child abuse by fathers, the mothers often lose custody, study shows

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story via the link below, state employees can access this Washington Post story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. Too often, advocates say, family courts don’t believe mothers’ claims of […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: For Oregon Parents, Working Is the Norm

Oregon’s civilian labor force includes 697,000 parents of children under 18. Working parents account for one-third of the state labor force, a similar percentage to the nation (32%). Parents of children under six years of age make up 14 percent of the state workforce, and those with children ages six to 17 years account for […]
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Number of working single mothers is up

Single mothers in the United States can face many barriers to employment, like finding affordable child care and predictable work schedules. For many, a sick child or a flat tire can mean a lost job. Yet since 2015, something surprising has happened: The share of young single mothers in the workforce has climbed about 4 […]
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When measles struck, investigators wanted answers. Instead, some parents lied

Across California, health investigators say that anti-vaccine parents are increasingly refusing to cooperate with them as they try to stem outbreaks of diseases such as measles. As a measles outbreak spread in Northern California last spring, public health workers called the family of a young boy who they feared had been exposed to the disease. […]
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