Tag Archives: School Districts

An Oregon school district is the nation’s 5th poorest, Census reports

The Oakridge School District in rural Lane County counts about 56% of its students living below the poverty line. Source: An Oregon school district is the nation’s 5th poorest, Census reports

Poverty level estimates change up federal funding

Drops in poverty level estimates between 2015 and 2016 resulted in less federal funding for some local rural districts this year, including Hermiston. During the last fiscal year, the district was eligible for more than $85,000 from the Title V Rural and Low Income Schools grant. This year, they weren’t eligible at all, stunning officials […]
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Enrollment loss underlines housing and job shortages in Milton-Freewater

Aaron Duff has lost a lot of sleep this school year. Duff, a first-year superintendent in the Milton-Freewater Unified School District, told his board members at their regular meeting Monday he’s been awake in the middle of many nights, worrying about the district’s dropping enrollment. Source: Enrollment loss underlines housing and job shortages in Milton-Freewater […]
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Oregon School Districts Ask Community For Input On Spending New State Money

A new tax on Oregon businesses will bring in millions of dollars for Oregon schools — an estimated $500 million will be divided up among the state’s 197 school districts. But first, school leaders have to figure out how to spend that money. To do that, districts have spent the last month engaging community members, […]
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Trump administration plan might reduce access to school lunches

USDA proposed rule could result in about 982,000 students nationwide not qualifying for free/reduced meals. The Trump administration is considering changes to the federal food stamp program that would reduce or even eliminate benefits for some families. Because families that qualify for food stamps automatically receive free and reduced price school meals, this could mean […]
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Corvallis Schools Solarization Project Needed Investors, the Stock Offering Sold Off in Two Hours

The Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and the Oregon Clean Power Cooperative are teaming up to launch a new initiative aimed at transitioning Corvallis from fossil fuel-based energy to solar energy.  Solarize Corvallis will use community investment to finance solar and battery systems at Corvallis schools, government buildings, low-income housing, and non-profits. Shares of stock in the initiative’s […]
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Oregon School Districts Ask Voters To Fund Buildings, Teachers In November Election

Next month, residents in at least eight Oregon communities will vote on bonds and levies to fund public schools. Source: Oregon School Districts Ask Voters To Fund Buildings, Teachers In November Election

Editorial: Give taxpayers their say on school money

The agenda for the Thursday night meeting of the Corvallis School Board includes this pleasant topic: How should the district plan for how to spend its share of the extra money coming its way from the Student Success Act? As you might recall, the Student Success Act, which was passed by this year’s legislative session, […]
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A windfall is coming; spend some on librarians – Opinion

More than a decade has passed since a librarian from Eugene or Springfield last won the Oregon Association of School Libraries’ library media specialist of the year award. The 4J School District’s Molly Hansbrough took the prize in 2005. Our guess is that the victory gap has much less to do with the quality of […]
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PCUN Leader | Dams | Extracurricular Accessibility – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Longtime PCUN director and co-founder Ramon Ramirez just retired. Two dams in Newport are in danger of failing. And a southern Oregon school district is dropping fees for extracurricular activities. The city of Newport’s water supply depends on two dams, which like more than 70 others in the state of Oregon are considered “high hazard” dams. […]
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